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Astrea provides specialized legal advice to private companies, entrepreneurs and public authorities

Legal issues are rarely limited to a single area of law.

Astrea is an independent law firm with more than 35 lawyers, each with their own area of specialization. Together, they provide assistance in any area of law that might be required by private companies, entrepreneurs or public authorities.

Our firm's broad-based composition allows us to offer a comprehensive approach. Based on the individual client's needs and the specific issues at hand, we assign a customized team of specialist lawyers to each case. This enables us to consider every relevant area of law and provide the most efficient solution.

A unique blend of passion and respect is the strength of the Astrea team. Every team member has a client-oriented and client-driven approach. We respond quickly, and we work in a proactive and pragmatic way. Quality is essential, but we also aim to be as cost-efficient as possible.

NEWS

TOP RANKINGS AND RECOGNITION FOR ASTREA IN LEGAL500 AND CHAMBERS

19.4.2018

Astrea continued its excellent rankings in the most important legal directories in 2018. We are delighted to be recognised again in Chambers and Legal500 with several honourable rankings.

 

In the latest edition of Legal500, Astrea is ranked in the following departments and lawyers:

Banking, Finance and Capital Markets: Tier 4Dieter Veestraeten

Commercial, Corporate and M&A: Tier 4Steven De Schrijver and Frédéric Verspreeuwen

Dispute Resolution: Tier 4Marc Van Looveren, Louis Verstraeten and Olivier Van Fraeyenhoven

Insolvency and Restructuring: Tier 3Louis Verstraeten

IT and Telecoms: Tier 3Steven De Schrijver and Barbara Terriere

Transport: Tier 1Marc Van Looveren, Louis Verstraeten and Ruud De Houwer

An overview of the detailed results can be found on the Legal500 website.

 

In Chambers, Astrea is listed with the following rankings:

Shipping: Band 3  - Marc Van Looveren: “Marc Van Looveren offers "speedy, accurate, reliable and detailed advice coupled with a strong business acumen," according to clients. Also praised for his comprehensive understanding of shipping law in an international context, he handles all angles of Belgian shipping law including ship arrests and cargo claims.”

Corporate/M&A: Band 4 - Frédéric Verspreeuwen: “Frederic Verspreeuwen is the co-head of Astrea's corporate team and advises Belgian and international clients on acquisitions and corporate restructuring. He recently acted for Cronos Group on the sale of its share in Wijs. Clients value his accessibility and describe him as "a good negotiator who is always seeking a solution."

Employment: Band 4 - Rudi Desmet: “Rudi Desmet of Astrea is praised by one client as "very accurate and knowledgeable," while another praises him as "a very good specialist for social labour law." His expertise covers employment-related litigation, dismissals and transfers of undertakings.”

TMT: Information Technology: Band 3 - Steven De Schrijver: “Steven De Schrijver of Astrea is praised for his "sound counsel and tactical advice" and offers expertise in commercial agreements, software licensing, technology transfers and IT outsourcing.  He continues to advise Microsoft on a range of commercial issues including terms and conditions, public procurement and contractual issues.”

Banking & Finance: “foreign expert” for Germany - Dieter Veestraeten: “Dieter Veestraeten of Astrea is well known for representing German banks, recently advising IKB Deutsche Industriebank on early repayment and the release of securities under a credit facility granted to Unitank. Sources report that his command of the German language is "a big benefit".

 

As the rankings are based on feedback from in-house peers and clients we would like to thank all of you for your positive input and appreciation for the quality of the services we have rendered to you. Of course we will seek to maintain this level of quality and would love to further develop our services together with you.

                        

                                        

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STEVEN DE SCHRIJVER PUBLISHES BELGIAN CHAPTER TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMPARATIVE LEGAL GUIDE TO MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS 2018

19.4.2018

Steven De Schrijver of Astrea has contributed in writing the Belgian Chapter 8 of the International Comparative Legal Guide to Mergers & Acquisitions 2018 (12th edition). This guide provides corporate counsel and international practitioners with a comprehensive worldwide legal analysis of the laws and regulations of mergers and acquisitions.

The country question and answer chapters provide a broad overview of common issues in M&A laws and regulations, including relevant authorities and legislation, target defences, bidder protection, and mechanics of acquisition in 53 jurisdictions. All chapters are written by leading mergers and acquisitions lawyers and industry specialists.

Read the complete article written by Steven De Schrijver

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PIETER PAEPE PANEL MEMBER AT THE GAMBLINGCOMPLIANCE REGULATORY SUMMIT 2018

16.4.2018

On Wednesday 18 April 2018, the GamblingCompliance Regulatory Summit 2018 will take place at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane hotel in London. This one-day Regulatory Summit will examine some of the most pressing issues affecting the gambling industry in 2018 and beyond.

Astrea Partner Pieter Paepe will take part as a panel member in the session “A new regulatory landscape: European Commission closure of online gambling infringement cases”. The panel will discuss the consequences for EU member states, regulatory and competition litigation and wider regulatory policy shifts following the EC’s closure of infringement cases in late 2017.

The Regulatory Summit will be followed by the GamblingCompliance Global Regulatory Awards Gala Dinner.

For more information about this Summit, please use the following link: GamblingCompliance Regulatory Summit 2018

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XPERTDOC ACQUIRES SHARES OF INVENSO

27.2.2018

Astrea advised the shareholders of INVENSO, a Belgian CRM reseller, to the Canadian group Xpertdoc, a major CRM reseller in Canada and the USA. This concerned the first acquisition of Xpertdoc in Europe with a buy build focus for the years to come.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/15/pr-newswire-xpertdoc-acquires-xperido-through-100-percent-share-purchase.html

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SPIE ACQUIRES SYSTEMAT AND ENTERS THE ICT MARKET IN BELGIUM

27.2.2018

Astrea advised SPIE, the independent European leader in multi-technical services in the areas of energy and communications, with the acquisition of all shares of the SYSTEMAT group. An important transaction for SPIE while it concerned the first acquisition of SPIE in Belgium and Luxembourg by its Information Technology Services division, allowing SPIE to offer its Belgium customers a new range of services.

http://www.spie.com/en/spie-acquires-systemat-and-enters-ict-market-belgium

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