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STEVEN DE SCHRIJVER CONTRIBUTES ARTICLE ON “IP DUE DILIGENCE IN M&A TRANSACTIONS” TO THE EXPERT GUIDE: MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS 2018

7.5.2018

Corporate and IT partner Steven De Schrijver has contributed the Belgian Chapter entitled “IP due diligence in M&A transactions” to the April 2018 Edition of the Expert Guide: Mergers & Acquisitions which was published by Corporate LiveWire.

Corporate LiveWire’s Expert Guides take an in depth look at the latest global developments within a specific area of the corporate finance world.  Experts from across the globe in a particular area provide a useful insight evaluating the latest news and developments over the past 12 months while also taking a look at the expectations for the upcoming year.

The Expert Guide: Mergers & Acquisitions 2018 highlights several key components that can make the difference between a deal’s success and failure. It explores negotiated indemnification terms in technology acquisitions, the importance of IP and legal due diligence, and identifies opportunities in India and Japan following recent regulatory changes. Featured countries are: Belgium, India, Japan, Jordan & USA.

The article contributed by Astrea is intended to highlight the importance of conducting an IP due diligence in the framework of an M&A transaction.

Read here the full Belgian Chapter to the Expert Guide: Mergers & Acquisitions 2018.

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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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FRAUD AND SOCIAL SECURITY: EU COURT OF JUSTICE DRAWS BOUNDARIES TO THE BINDING FORCE OF E101 (A1) CERTIFICATES

8.2.2018

Pieter Paepe successfully assists the Belgian State in a land-mark social security case before the Grand Chamber of the EU Court of Justice - Case C-359/16 (Altun)

To read the complete article please use the following link: EU Court Justice draws boundaries to the binding force of E101 (A1) certificates.

 

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STEVEN DE SCHRIJVER CONTRIBUTES ARTICLE “THE FUTURE IS NOW: LEGAL CONSEQUENCES OF ELECTRONIC PERSONALITY FOR AUTONOMOUS ROBOTS” TO WHO’S WHO LEGAL

19.1.2018

Astrea corporate and technology partner Steven De Schrijver has contributed an article entitled “The Future is Now: Legal Consequences of Electronic Personality for Autonomous Robots” to the features section of the Who’s Who Legal website (http://whoswholegal.com), published by Law Business Research Limited.

In this article, Steven De Schrijver assesses the development of autonomous robots and the legal challenges that they pose.

To read the complete article please use the following link: The Future is Now: Legal Consequences of Electronic Personality for Autonomous Robots.

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ASTREA'S ANTWERP BRANCH HAS MOVED TO NEW OFFICES

2.1.2018

All our other contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses, remains the same, as well as our Brussels location at Louizalaan 235, B-1050 Brussels.

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STEVEN DE SCHRIJVER PUBLISHES BELGIAN CHAPTER IN “THE PRIVACY, DATA PROTECTION AND CYBERSECURITY LAW REVIEW"

22.12.2017

Astrea corporate and technology partner Steven De Schrijver has published the Belgian chapter in “The Privacy, Data Protection and Cybersecurity Law Review” (Fourth Edition, Ed. Alan Charles Raul), which has been published by Law Business Research in its “Law Reviews”-series.

The Law Reviews give readers a business-focused insight of some of the key substantive and procedural issues, as well as an analysis of important cases, deals and hot topics in each field of law.

The Law Reviews help practitioners to look beyond their own borders where they may see opportunities to practise ever more actively, exploiting strategic solutions and understanding options in foreign jurisdictions which are different from their home forum.

In the Belgian chapter, Steven discusses the most recent Belgian legislative and regulatory developments with respect to privacy, data protection and cybersecurity law, as well as some recent case law.

Read here the complete Belgian chapter published by Steven De Schrijver: Belgian Chapter in the Privacy Data Protection and Cybersecurity Law Review.

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