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UPCOMING CHANGES AT ASTREA

12.12.2017

 

Astrea is preparing for 2018. As we seek to continuously exceed your expectations both now and in the future,  Micha Van den Abeele will be promoted partner and we will move our Antwerp office in to a state-of-the-art new building.

Astrea welcomes Micha Van den Abeele as partner in the Corporate & Finance practice

Micha Van den Abeele has been working as a lawyer at Astrea since 2009. Her field of expertise is corporate law and this month she has been appointed partner in the Astrea Corporate and Finance practice. As partner, Micha will keep on concentrating on every aspect of corporate law, with a special focus on Corporate Real Estate. Her appointment allows Astrea to grow and to remain an ambitious partner for successful, multidisciplinary legal advice for your business.

Astrea moves to The Link

Astrea is growing and has big plans for 2018. We will say goodbye to the office in the Roderveldlaan and move the Antwerp office to a new location, only 200 meters from where you could find us in the past 10 years.

The Link is a brand-new business site which focuses on innovation, design and durability. Astrea chooses The Link because of its strategic location and easy accessibility, which allows for growth and further expansion. We look forward to accomplish our future ambitions on this new location. You will find our new offices and meeting rooms there from the first of January 2018.

 

New address (from 1 January 2018):
Antwerp office: Posthofbrug 6, B-2600 Antwerp
T +32 3 287 11 11  |  F +32 3 287 11 12  |  contact@astrealaw.be

Brussels office: Louizalaan 235, B-1050 Brussels
T +32 2 215 97 58 |  F +32 2 216  50 91  |  contact@astrealaw.be

 

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WHO'S WHO LEGAL: DATA 2018 : ASTREA PARTNER STEVEN DE SCHRIJVER NOMINATED AS THOUGHT LEADER IN RELATION TO INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, DATA PRIVACY, PROTECTION & SECURITY AND TELECOMS & MEDIA

7.12.2017

Every year Who’s Who Legal undertakes an in-depth research to identify the firms and practitioners who stand out worldwide in the field of (1) information technology, (2) data privacy, protection and security and (3) telecoms and media.

Astrea partner Steven De Schrijver is one of very few lawyers worldwide who is listed as a thought leader in all three categories.

According to Who’s Who Legal:

“The Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.

These individuals are worthy of special mention owing not only to their vast expertise and experience advising on some of the world’s most significant and cutting-edge legal matters, but also their ability to innovate, inspire, and go above and beyond to deliver for their clients.”

With respect to information technology Who’s Who Legal states:

“ASTREA ADVOCATEN sees Steven De Schrijver recommended as a Thought Leader in our research with ‘vast experience’ in the IT field. He is a distinguished figure in outsourcing and matters relating to the corporate and financial sphere. One source says, ‘He is definitely my first choice, without a doubt.’”

With respect to data privacy, protection and security Who’s Who legal states:

“ASTREA’s Steven De Schrijver is a market-leading figure for data protection and security matters. Peers note, ‘He is a great lawyer all over the field’ and is ‘very knowledgeable’ in data security.”

With respect to telecoms and media Who’s Who Legal states:

“Steven De Schrijver at ASTREA ADVOCATEN ranks among the very elite of practitioners in our research and is “highly recommended” for his cutting-edge knowledge of mobile telecommunications and e-commerce matters.”

The full Who's Who Legal: Data 2018 Analysis can be found here:

http://whoswholegal.com/news/analysis/article/34248/data-2018-information-technology-analysis/

http://whoswholegal.com/news/analysis/article/34247/data-2018-data-privacy-protection-security-analysis/

http://whoswholegal.com/news/analysis/article/34245/data-2018-telecoms-media-analysis/

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DIETER VEESTRAETEN SPEAKER AT THE AIJA HALF-YEAR CONFERENCE IN GIRONA

14.11.2017

On Thursday, 16 November 2017, Dieter Veestraeten will be one of the speakers at the workshop “Take the money and run: New trends on internet and mobile payments”, which is organised as part of the Crowdfunding & Alternative Financing programme of the AIJA Half-Year Conference in Girona.

More information on this conference, which will take place between 15 and 18 November 2017, as well as the full programme can be found here.

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A NEW MILESTONE JUDGMENT ON INTRA-COMMUNITY TRANSFER OF COMPANY SEATS CAUSING THE DEFINITIVE END OF THE REAL SEAT DOCTRINE?

10.11.2017

Following a reference for a preliminary ruling by the supreme court in civil and criminal matters in Poland, the European Court of Justice has ruled an important judgment on 25 October 2017 on intra-Community transfer of company seats (C-106/16).

The shareholders of a Polish company established under Polish law wanted to move the statutory seat of the company to Luxembourg without transferring the actual seat. Consequently, the removal from the Polish trade register was requested.

However, Polish law requires the dissolution of the company in order to be removed from the trade register.

The shareholders argued that a dissolution was neither necessary nor possible, as the company had not lost its legal personality.

The case was brought to the supreme court in Poland, which filed a request for a preliminary ruling with the Court of Justice on whether the mandatory dissolution unlawfully restricts the company’s freedom of establishment.

According to the Court, the transfer of the statutory seat of a company to another member state without the transfer of the real seat falls under the freedom of establishment. The original member state must allow the removal of the company from the trade register without liquidating the company.

The Belgian legislator follows this European point of view with respect to the real vs. the statutory seat in the new Companies and Associations Code (CAC/”Wetboek van Vennootschappen en Verenigingen”). As a result, the real seat doctrine will be abolished and instead the Belgian legislator opts for the statutory seat doctrine. The CAC will enter into force on the first day of the financial year following the publication in the Belgian Official Gazette + 1 year (and will therefore not occur for each company at the same time). This new Code will bring about many new possibilities, but also changes in current Belgian company law.

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STEVEN DE SCHRIJVER CONTRIBUTES TO THE IR GLOBAL VIRTUAL SERIES PUBLICATION ON THE GDPR

31.10.2017

Astrea partner Steven De Schrijver has contributed as the Belgian expert to the IR Global GDPR Virtual Series publication “Countdown to GDPR: Tackling the challenge of new data protection laws in the EU”.

On 25 May 2018, the European Union’s new General Data Protection (GDPR) will enter into force. In its Virtual Series publication on the GDPR, IR Global aims to highlight the profound level of impact this new legislation will have on IR Global members and their clients.

The publication gathers advice from 9 data protection experts from a variety of jurisdictions (Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Italy, UK, USA, Luxembourg, Sweden and France), sharing their expertise and offering a unique perspective from their respective jurisdictions on the new GDPR legislation.

Read here the full Virtual Series publication on the GDPR.

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STEVEN DE SCHRIJVER GIVES PRESENTATION ON DRONES AT THE EUROPEAN ITECHLAW CONFERENCE 2017 IN STOCKHOLM

18.10.2017

Steven De Schrijver will speak at the European ITechLaw Conference 2017, which will take place from 18 October to 20 October in Stockholm, Sweden.

ITechLaw is the leading global organization for legal professionals focused on technology and law. With a global membership base representing six continents and spanning more than 60 countries, ITechLaw educates lawyers worldwide about the unique legal issues arising from the evolution, production, marketing, acquisition and use of information and communications technology and provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and in-depth examination of information technology and telecommunications law issues.

The topics on the agenda of this year’s conference include Privacy & Data Protection, Regulation & Innovation and Intellectual Property & the Internet.

Steven will give a presentation on the legal issues surrounding the commercial use of drones together with Joanne Vengadesan (Penningtons Manches LLP).

For more information, please check: http://www.itechlaw.org/Stockholm2017

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NEW ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING ACT PUBLISHED IN THE BELGIAN OFFICIAL JOURNAL

17.10.2017

A new Anti-Money Laundering Act has been published in the Belgian Official journal of 6 October 2017, implementing EU directive 2015/849. The Act will replace the previous anti-money laundering act of 1993 and will be effective as of 16 October 2017. Innovations under this Act include:

  • a broadening of the scope of the obliged entities
  • a new risk assessment procedure
  • the introduction of simplified and enhanced customer due diligence
  • an obligation to hold and provide beneficial ownership information, and the introduction of  a national central register for beneficial ownership information
  • a revision of the role and responsibilities of the CFI (Cel Financiële Informatieverwerking)
  • an introduction of a maximum term for data retention
  • an improvement of the cooperation between the financial intelligence units and the European Commission
  • the creation of additional administrative and criminal sanctions for breaches of the requirements of this Act.

The full memorandum on the new Anti-Money Laundering Act can be found here: Memorandum on the new anti money laundering act.

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ROYAL DECREE IMPLEMENTING THE NEW BELGIAN COLLATERAL ACT PUBLISHED

26.9.2017

On 26 September 2017, the long awaited Royal Decree of 14 September 2017 implementing title XVII of Book III of the Belgian Civil Code (Security rights in rem on movable assets – also known as the new collateral act) was published in the Belgian State Gazette.

The new Royal Decree governs the use of the new national pledge register.

The new collateral act (which was adopted already on 11 July 2013) concerns one of the most important innovations of Belgian collateral law of the past decades, by the introduction of a non-possessory pledge on movable assets which is perfected against third parties by way of registration in a new national pledge register. More information on the new collateral act can be found here: Memorandum on the new Belgian Collateral Act.

The practical implementation of this new pledge register took much longer than expected, which resulted in a repeated delay of the entry into force of the new collateral act.

The Royal Decree of 14 September 2017 provides inter alia the following:

  • The procedure of identification and authentication of users of the pledge register and the terms of use;
  • The manner of registration of a right of pledge or retention of title in the pledge register;
  • The modification, renewal or removal of a registration; the mentioning of a waiver of rank or transfer;
  • Consultation of the register;
  • The retributions which are payable upon a registration or removal of data.

The new Royal Decree will enter into force on the day of entry into force of the new collateral act, which is scheduled for 1 January 2018 at the latest.

Do not hesitate to contact us in case you have any questions.

 

Dieter Veestraeten

dve@astrealaw.be

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DIETER VEESTRAETEN SPEAKER AT THE 55TH INTERNATIONAL YOUNG LAWYERS' ANNUAL CONGRESS IN TOKYO

8.8.2017

Dieter Veestraeten will speak at the 55th International Young Lawyers' Annual Congress (AIJA) which will take place from 28 August to 2 September in Tokyo, Japan. The main topic of the congress is “Artificial Intelligence, Technology and Innovation”. Dieter will speak on the topic of "Focus on Fintech - Overview on general regulatory aspects”, together with other international specialists.

For more information, please click here: http://tokyo.aija.org/

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STEVEN DE SCHRIJVER AND THOMAS DAENENS CONTRIBUTED THE BELGIAN CHAPTER TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMPARATIVE LEGAL GUIDE TO CORPORATE GOVERNANCE 2017

17.7.2017

Steven De Schrijver and Thomas Daenens of Astrea have contributed the Belgian Chapter 3 of the International Comparative Legal Guide to Corporate Governance 2017 (10th edition).

This guide, which is divided into Country Question and Answer Chapters, covers common issues in corporate governance laws and regulations – including transparency and reporting and corporate social responsibility – in 32 jurisdictions. It provides the international practitioner and in-house counsel with a comprehensive worldwide legal analysis of the laws and regulations of corporate governance. All chapters are written by leading corporate governance lawyers and industry specialists.

Read here the Belgian Chapter to the International Comparative Legal Guide to Corporate Governance 2017, contributed by Steven De Schrijver and Thomas Daenens.

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