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ASTREA ADVISED ON BELGIAN LAW ASPECTS OF UNITANK SALE TO DIF AND ASI

15.3.2019

Astrea partners Dieter Veestraeten and Steven De Schrijver have advised on the Belgian law aspects of a transaction involving the signing of an agreement on the sale of 100% of the shares in UNITANK to DIF’s Core Infrastructure Fund I and Aberdeen Standard Investments’ SL Capital Infrastructure II SCSp.

You can read the full article on this transaction here.

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LE NOUVEAU CODE DES SOCIÉTÉS ET DES ASSOCIATIONS APPROUVÉ!

7.3.2019

Le 28 février 2019, la Chambre a approuvé la loi introduisant le Code des Sociétés et des Associations, en abrégé CSA. 

Le CSA est un véritable ‘game changer’ qui vise à moderniser et à rendre notre droit des sociétés plus flexible. 

Vous êtes un entrepreneur et vous souhaitez créer une nouvelle entreprise ou association ? Vous êtes une entreprise multinationale ayant des activités en Belgique ? Vous souhaitez fusionner, scinder ou restructurer votre entreprise ? Vous envisagez une acquisition de ou une joint-venture avec une société belge ? Ou êtes-vous impliqué dans un conflit entre actionnaires ou préoccupé par votre responsabilité d’administrateur ?

À partir du 1er mai de cette année, de nouvelles règles s'appliquent, entre autres, à tous ces aspects, et elles doivent être appliquées ou mises en œuvre progressivement.

L'équipe de droit des sociétés d'Astrea a suivi de près la création du CSA et peut donc vous conseiller sur la manière dont cette nouvelle loi affecte vos projets en cours et sur les nouvelles opportunités qui se présentent à cet égard.

Saviez-vous que dans le cadre du CSA …

… il ne restera plus qu'un certain nombre de formes de société, à savoir la SA, la SRL, la SC et la société en nom collectif, et que les autres formes de société seront supprimées ?

... la SPRL subit le plus de changements et se transforme en  SRL, qui doit devenir la forme d'entreprise par excellence avec un haut degré de flexibilité en termes de gestion et d'actionnariat ? 
 
... la constitution d'une SRL ne nécessite plus de capital minimum, mais simplement des fonds propres suffisants au regard de l'activité proposée ?
 
... les droits de vote multiples dans la SRL et la SA deviennent possibles, sans limiter le nombre de voix pouvant être attribuées à une action ?

... les règles de gouvernance au sein d’une  société ont fait l'objet d'une révision approfondie, par exemple, une SA peut opter pour une administration unipersonnelle, les règles de prise de décision écrite sont simplifiées, le caractère révocable ad nutum d'un mandat d'administrateur dans une SA n'est plus une exigence absolue, les règles sur les conflits d'intérêts sont modifiées ainsi que le risque maximum en termes de responsabilité des administrateurs ?
 
... les règles relatives au capital au sein de la société dotée de la personnalité juridique (capital minimum, dividendes, augmentation et réduction de capital, rachat d'actions propres, assistance financière, etc.) ont été profondément simplifiés ?
 
... la doctrine du siège statutaire s'appliquera également dans notre pays, de sorte qu'il ne sera plus nécessaire de développer vos activités en Belgique pour relever du droit belge ?
 
... les conflits entre actionnaires peuvent être traités beaucoup plus efficacement ?
 
... le droit des sociétés et le droit des associations sont intégrés dans un code unique, permettant d'aligner de nombreuses règles sans affecter la spécificité du secteur associatif ?

Si vous avez des questions à ce sujet, n'hésitez pas à nous contacter pour plus d'informations.

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ASTREA ADVISED DOUBLEVERIFY INC. ON ITS ACQUISITION OF BELGIAN DIGITAL VIDEO TECHNOLOGY COMPANY ZENTRICK

26.2.2019

Astrea was pleased to advise DoubleVerify Inc., headquartered in New York, and its private equity backer Providence Equity Partners, one of the world’s premier private equity firms and a leading investor specialized in the media, communications, education and information industries, on its acquisition of Zentrick, a Belgian digital video technology company that provides middleware solutions to drive the seamless execution and performance of online video advertising for the world’s largest brands, platforms and publishers. DoubleVerify Inc. is the leading independent provider of marketing measurement software and analytics in a rapidly-growing market segment. The transaction was completed as an all cash, all stock offer on 15 February 2019.

A press release with regard to this transaction can be found here: https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2019/02/20/1738072/0/en/DoubleVerify-Acquires-Digital-Video-Technology-Company-Zentrick.html.

The Astrea team was led by Steven De Schrijver, who has built a strong reputation on Belgian tech M&A transactions over the last 25 years. Some of his other recent transactions include the investment by Horizon Ventures, a venture capital firm based in Hong Kong, in the Belgian start-up Cloudalize, a cloud platform for running GPU-accelerated applications on demand, and (together with finance partner Dieter Veestraeten) the acquisition by Alpina Capital Partners LLP, an owner-managed, independent technology investment firm with approximately €300m in assets under management, of a majority interest in Objective International, a well-established Belgian company specialized in the process and discrete manufacturing execution system (“MES”) and warehouse management system (“WMS”) sector. Objective is a new addition to Germanedge, Alpina Partners’ buy-and-build strategy in the MES space.

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ASTREA REPRESENTED AT MIPIM IN CANNES

21.2.2019

Partners Ciska Servais and Micha Van den Abeele will represent Astrea at MIPIM - The world's leading property market, taking place in Cannes from 12 till 15 March 2019.

More information on this event can be found here.

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STEVEN DE SCHRIJVER CONTRIBUTES ARTICLE ON XAAS FOR WHO’S WHO LEGAL

30.1.2019

Astrea corporate and technology partner Steven De Schrijver has contributed an article entitled “Xaas: the legal implications of the inevitable evolution towards an integrated, service-based business model” to the Data section of the Who's Who Legal website.

In this article, Steven De Schrijver discusses the rapidly evolving “anything-as-a-service” business, its benefits and drawbacks and the legal challenges it raises.

You can access this article through the following link: Xaas: the legal implications of the inevitable evolution towards an integrated service-based business model.

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STEVEN DE SCHRIJVER RECOGNISED BY WHO’S WHO LEGAL AS GLOBAL ELITE THOUGHT LEADER

14.1.2019

Our Technology and M&A partner Steven De Schrijver is again recognised by Who's Who Legal as “Global Elite Thought Leader” (EU) in 4 categories: “IT”, “Data Privacy & Protection”, “Data Security” and “Telecoms & Media”. He is called “the number-one IT lawyer in Belgium” and sources say “he has got a great understanding of his client's business, which proves indispensable in the area of personal data”.

Congratulations Steven! A well-deserved recognition...

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THE BELGIAN COMPETITION AUTHORITY ENGAGES WITH CRUCIAL ISSUES ON SPORTS AND COMPETITION LAW

11.1.2019

In a preliminary assessment it was held that certain rules of the FEI (Federation Equestre International) regarding jumping events are anti-competitive. Firstly, this assessment argues that the FEI approval procedure for organizing horse racing events is opaque, giving the FEI such a discretionary power that the organization of new jumping events can be delayed or prevented. Secondly, it is argued that excessive sanctions for participation in non-accredited events of athletes, horses and officials infringes their commercial liberty and is anti-competitive. Thirdly, also the FEI rule enabling an event organizer to postpone or block the organization of a competing event is challenged. The decision contains interesting statements on regulatory powers of sports governing bodies to pursue goals such as integrity of sports and competitions, athletes’ health and well-being, and public health. After the FEI brought its regulations in line with these preliminary findings, the Investigation and Prosecution Service decided to end its investigation. The full text of the decision is only available in French. See https://www.bma-abc.be/sites/default/files/content/download/files/abc-2018-pk-41-aud_pub.pdf

For any questions on sports or competition law, do not hesitate to contact Pieter Paepe (ppa@astrealaw.be) or your usual contact at the firm. 

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STEVEN DE SCHRIJVER AND RUDI DESMET PUBLISH BELGIAN CHAPTER IN “GETTING THE DEAL THROUGH – TECHNOLOGY M&A 2019"

4.12.2018

Astrea partners Steven De Schrijver and Rudi Desmet have contributed the Belgian chapter in “Getting the Deal Through – Technology M&A 2019”, which has been published by Law Business Research.

Getting the Deal Through (‘GTDT’) works with many of the best lawyers and law firms in the world to bring together a unique legal information resource, written by experts on each subject area, in every significant jurisdiction.

GTDT uses a simple and concise Q&A format to help users find information quickly and efficiently, covering over 80 practice areas spanning competition & regulatory, dispute resolution & litigation, tax, white collar crime, IP, corporate, commercial, banking & finance, infrastructure & transport, energy & natural resources, insurance and compliance.

The purpose of GTDT’s first edition of the “Technology M&A” guide is to provide an overview of the various factors affecting technology M&A transactions across various jurisdictions.

Read here the complete Belgian chapter published by Steven De Schrijver and Rudi Desmet: “Getting the Deal Through - Technology M&A 2019 - Belgium”.

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

16.11.2018

Astrea corporate and technology partner Steven De Schrijver has published the Belgian chapter in “The Privacy, Data Protection and Cybersecurity Law Review” (Fifth 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. They also 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 following the entry into force of the GDPR on 25 May 2018 and the new Belgian Privacy Act of 30 July 2018 on 5 September 2018, as well as some recent case law.

Read here the complete Belgian chapter published by Steven De Schrijver: The Privacy, Data Protection and Cybersecurity Law Review - Chapter 6: Belgium

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STEVEN DE SCHRIJVER AND RUDI DESMET CONTRIBUTE ARTICLE TO THE GLOBAL PRACTICE GUIDE OUTSOURCING 2019

16.11.2018

Astrea’s Corporate and M&A partner Steven De Schrijver and Employment Law partner Rudi Desmet have written the Belgian contribution to the Global Practice Guide “Outsourcing 2019”, which is published by Chambers and Partners.

Chambers’ Global Practice Guides provide expert legal commentary on the main practice areas in key jurisdictions around the world.

The guides focus on the practical legal issues affecting business and enable the reader to compare legislation and procedure across a range of key jurisdictions.

In their article, Steven De Schrijver and Rudi Desmet cover the important developments and key points of attention with regard to outsourcing in Belgium.

Please find the article here: Outsourcing 2019 - Belgium.

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