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STEVEN DE SCHRIJVER CONTRIBUTES BELGIAN CHAPTER TO THE INTERNATIONAL LIBEL AND PRIVACY HANDBOOK

3.9.2020

Astrea’s corporate and technology partner Steven De Schrijver has contributed the Belgian Chapter to the Fifth Edition of the International Libel and Privacy Handbook by Charles J. Glasser, which was published by LexisNexis.

This fully updated and expanded edition of the critically acclaimed handbook gives you instant access to relevant libel and privacy laws and important legal rulings in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Americas and is based on extensive surveys of lawyers around the world—all of them experts in their nation's or region's media and privacy laws.

You can find the Belgian Chapter written by Steven De Schrijver here: The International Libel and Privacy Handbook – Belgian Chapter.

More information on this publication and details on how to obtain the book can be found through the following link: International Libel and Privacy Handbook - 2020-2021 Edition.

 

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STEVEN DE SCHRIJVER AND JAN VAN LOON CONTRIBUTE ARTICLE TO THE IMPACT LAWYERS

1.7.2020

Astrea Corporate & Technology Partner Steven De Schrijver and Associate Jan Van Loon have contributed an article on “Technology M&A: why understanding the technology involved is a key to success” to the global law magazine The Impact Lawyers.

The Impact Lawyers offers a free newsletter that keeps lawyers and international practitioners of the legal sector up to date on news and analysis about the latest international legal news.

Read here the full text of the article contributed by Steven De Schrijver and Jan Van Loon: Technology M&A: why understanding the technology involved is a key to success.

 

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STEVEN DE SCHRIJVER AND RUDI DESMET CONTRIBUTED THE BELGIAN CHAPTER TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMPARATIVE LEGAL GUIDE TO OUTSOURCING 2020

4.6.2020

Astrea’s Corporate & Technology partner Steven De Schrijver and Astrea’s Employment partner Rudi Desmet have contributed the Belgian Chapter 1 of the International Comparative Legal Guide to Outsourcing 2020 (5th edition).

This guide, which is divided into Country Question and Answer Chapters, covers common issues in outsourcing laws and regulations in a number of jurisdictions – including regulatory framework, legal structure procurement process, transfer of assets, employment law, data protection issues and information security, customer remedies, tax issues, insurance, intellectual property, liability and dispute resolution. All chapters are written by leading experts in this particular practice area. 

Read the complete chapter written by Steven De Schrijver and Rudi Desmet: ICLG Outsourcing 2020 - Chapter 1: Belgium.

 

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STEVEN DE SCHRIJVER CONTRIBUTES BELGIAN CHAPTER TO “AI, MACHINE LEARNING & BIG DATA"

20.5.2020

Astrea Corporate & Technology Partner Steven De Schrijver has contributed the Belgian chapter to the Global Legal Insights publication “AI, Machine Learning & Big Data” (Second Edition).

The Global Legal Insights (GLI) series, which is published by Global Legal Group, provides essential insights into current legal issues, providing readers with expert analysis of legal, economic and policy developments through the eyes of the world’s leading lawyers.

The GLI to “AI, Machine Learning & Big Data” covers a number of subjects including: trends, ownership/protection, antitrust/competition laws, board of directors/governance and regulations/government intervention in 29 jurisdictions.

Read here the full text of the Belgian Chapter contributed by Steven De Schrijver: Belgian chapter to “AI, Machine Learning & Big Data”.

 

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ARVIND VAN GOETHEM DRAAGT BIJ AAN HET ‘COUNTRY REPORT’ VAN SWEET & MAXWELL

13.5.2020

Arvind Van Goethem heeft recentelijk, in samenwerking met PHD-studenten, bijgedragen aan een uitgebreid ‘country report’ dat wordt uitgegeven door Sweet & Maxwell.

Dit ‘country report’ bevat een overzicht en analyse van het Belgische rechtssysteem dat van pas zal komen voor buitenlandse juristen en andere geïnteresseerden. Het maakt deel uit van de serie Doing Business in Europe, een gezaghebbende maar verstaanbare gids voor alle Europese rechtsstelsels, die essentiële juridische informatie biedt voor Europese ondernemingen en hun adviseurs.

Meer details over het werk en de mogelijkheid om het boek te bestellen vindt u hier.

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THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON IT CONTRACTS

13.5.2020

The outbreak of COVID-19 and the measures taken by many governments have a significant impact on society as well as on the ability of contracting parties to perform their obligations under their commercial contracts, including IT related contracts. There are not only many uncertainties and questions about the fulfilment of running IT contracts but it is also important to consider some additional factors while drafting new IT contracts.

In our memo “Impact of COVID-19 on IT contracts”, we outline the impact of COVID-19 on current IT contracts and provide some suggestions on additional wording for new IT contracts.

Please find the PDF version of this memo here: Impact of Covid-19 on IT Contracts.

 

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DIETER VEESTRAETEN CONTRIBUTED THE BELGIAN CHAPTER TO THE LEGAL 500: LENDING & SECURED FINANCE COUNTRY COMPARATIVE GUIDE

6.5.2020

Astrea Banking & Finance Partner Dieter Veestraeten has contributed the Belgian Chapter to The Legal 500: Lending & Secured Finance Country Comparative Guide (2nd Edition).

The Legal 500’s Country Comparative Guides give a practical overview of the laws and regulations across a variety of jurisdictions, for specific practice areas.

The Lending & Secured Finance Country Comparative Guide provides information about foreign lenders, interest, security registration requirements, guarantees and tax incentives.

Each country chapter is written by leading lending and secured finance lawyers and industry specialists in an easy to use Q&A format. 

Use the following link to read the complete chapter written by Dieter Veestraeten online: https://www.legal500.com/guides/chapter/belgium-lending-secured-finance/ or download a PDF version of the chapter here: Lending & Secured Finance Country Comparative Guide - Belgian chapter.

 

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STEVEN DE SCHRIJVER CONTRIBUTES ARTICLE ON PRIVATE ACQUISITIONS IN BELGIUM TO THE PRIVATE MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS GLOBAL GUIDE

24.4.2020

Astrea Corporate and M&A partner Steven De Schrijver has contributed the article “Private acquisitions in Belgium: market analysis overview” to the 2020 edition of the Private Mergers and Acquisitions Global Guide, published on the website of the online legal know-how service Practical Law.

The Practical Law Global Guides, which are published by Thomson Reuters, provide practical information on topical issues and country-specific Q&A overviews on different areas of law and are written by leading local law firms.

In this Q&A article, Steven gives a high level overview of key issues in Belgium, including current major trends, private M&A activity, structuring and documentation in transactions, governing law and arbitration, and reform and future market trends.

Please find the complete article contributed by Steven De Schrijver here: Private acquisitions in Belgium: market analysis overview.

 

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STEVEN DE SCHRIJVER AND JAN VAN LOON CONTRIBUTE ARTICLE ON M&A AND GDPR TO THE EXPERT GUIDE: MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS 2020

15.4.2020

Steven De Schrijver and Jan Van Loon of Astrea have contributed an article entitled “M&A and GDPR: Two sides of one coin to the Expert Guide: Mergers & Acquisitions 2020, published by Corporate LiveWire.

Since the entry into force of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on 25 May 2018, data-related questions have become more important than ever in M&A transactions, primarily due to the economic losses that may be caused due to non-compliance with the GDPR. This article outlines the wider ramifications of GDPR in the context of M&A and identifies best practice for the due diligence and acquisition process in this new climate.

Corporate LiveWire’s Expert Guides feature contributions from industry experts from around the globe covering topics such as regulatory changes and compliance issues, interesting trends and opportunities, regional or national market composition, and recent or landmark case studies. The Expert Guide: Mergers & Acquisitions provides business owners and investors with an insight on recent developments within the area and offers extensive analysis across various industries whilst also being used as a resource for reference both now, and in the future.

Read here Steven’s full article on “M&A and GDPR: Two sides of one coin”.

 

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COVID-19 AND ITS IMPACT ON CORPORATE GOVERNANCE IN BELGIUM

14.4.2020

COVID-19 challenges directors of Belgian companies to take all necessary decisions to safeguard their companies.

Astrea has prepared a memo “Covid-19 and its impact on Corporate Governance in Belgium” to inform directors about the measures taken by the Belgian government with respect to shareholder meetings that must be held in the coming weeks and which discusses the most relevant fiduciary duties that directors must fulfill to guide their company through this crisis. 

 

 

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