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Posts by Jan van Loon

Belgium further regulates crypto exchanges and wallet providers, while banning non-EEA ones

03-02-2022

Very quietly and relatively rapidly a new set of legislation amending the Belgian anti-money laundering act of 18 September 2017 was introduced and voted in Belgian Parliament in the course of January 2022, expanding the regulation of virtual currencies. Although the Belgian AML Act already included certain provisions and obligations in this respect (based on […]

Belgian DPA determines serious GDPR breaches in IAB Europe’s Transparency & Consent Framework (TCF)

03-02-2022

The TCF framework is widely used across Europe for online advertising to manage the preferences of users, including pop-ups asking for consent to use cookies for data tracking in online advertising (Consent Management Platform (CMP)), as well as real-time bidding in programmatic advertising though the OpenRTB protocol. The consent popup system can be found on […]

A new central register for business loans has arrived in Belgium

21-12-2021

By Act of 28 November 2021 a new legal framework for a central register of loans to companies has been created. The new register must aid the Belgian National Bank to fulfil its duty to centralize all information on loans, which it currently does through its Central Corporate Credit Register (CCCR) (Centrale voor kredieten aan […]

”What To Expect From An Investigation By The Belgian DPA?” published in Mondaq

26-10-2021

”What To Expect From An Investigation By The Belgian DPA?”, article of our partner Steven De Schrijver and associate Jan van Loon. The article explains the purpose of the charter with respect to the Inspection Service, published by The Belgian Data Protection Authority in August 2021. Click here to read the full article.

Recovery package for capital markets

21-10-2021

The COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to its impact on people, businesses and healthcare systems, also has an impact on the economies and financial systems of the European Member States. According to the European Commission, liquidity and access to finance will remain bottlenecks in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The recovery from the severe economic […]

The Upcoming Changes To The EU’s Cybersecurity Framework, published in Mondaq

22-06-2021

Our partner Steven De Schrijver and associate Jan van Loon’s article “European Union : The Upcoming Changes To The EU’s Cybersecurity Framework, published in Mondaq on 22 June 2021. The contribution explains the current cybersecurity policy of the EU, and the proposals included in the European Commission’s new EU Cybersecurity Strategy proposal : Security and […]

IFLR1000 2021 – Banking & Finance

03-06-2021

Astrea is delighted to announce that our Banking & Finance practice and our lead partner Dieter Veestraeten are once again recognized in this year’s IFLR1000 rankings as Tier 4 firm and as Highly regarded individual. Congratulations to our Banking & Finance team : Dieter Veestraeten, lead partner & Jan van Loon, associate. Special thanks to […]

A PROPOSAL FOR BELGIAN ‘PRIVACY RULINGS’: TOWARDS MORE APPOACHABLE DPAs?

25-04-2021

A recent legislative proposal to amend the act governing the Belgian DPA seeks to create a system for obtaining advance rulings for envisaged data processing situations. This system, if it makes it into Belgian law, could provide an interesting addition to the GDPR’s framework which would allow the DPA to assist organizations more proactively to […]

Dieter Veestraeten en Jan Van Loon contributed the Belgian Chapter to the Legal 500 : Lending and Secured Finance Country Comparative Guide 2021

02-04-2021

Astrea Banking & Finance Partner Dieter Veestraeten and Associate Jan Van Loon have contributed the Belgian Chapter to The Legal 500: Lending & Secured Finance Country Comparative Guide 2021 (3rd 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. […]

Steven De Schrijver and Jan van Loon contributed the Belgian chapter to the Mondaq Comparative Guide to Cybersecurity

03-03-2021

Does Belgian law distinguish between ‘cybersecurity’, ‘data protection’ and ‘cybercrime’ ? What are the key statutory and regulatory provisions that address cyber in Belgium ? Do any cyber statutes or regulations have extraterritorial reach? Steven De Schrijver and Jan van Loon answered the questions of The Mondaq Comparative Guide to Cybersecurity which provides an overview […]

Astrea advised Continuum Sports (CCC Team) on the sale of its WorldTour License to ProTeam Circus-Wanty Gobert-Tormans (CWG)

20-10-2020

Astrea advised long-standing client Continuum Sports (CCC Team, formerly BMC Racing Team), with the Belgian aspects of the sale of its WorldTour License to Belgian ProTeam Circus Wanty Gobert (CWG) and this together with lead US Counsel Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren (Brian G. Carroll and Adam R. Konrad). The Astrea team was lead by partner […]

Astrea has assisted NYSE-listed HubSpot with the acquisition of PieSync

15-10-2020

Astrea (with lead partner Steven De Schrijver) assisted NYSE-listed HubSpot (which offers a full platform of marketing, sales, customer service, and CRM software — plus the methodology, resources, and support — to help businesses) with the acquisition of PieSync, a Belgian company providing a solution to synchronize customer data between different business apps. Astrea was […]

Astrea assisted Efico with respect to an amendment of its multicurrency facility agreement

19-07-2020

Dieter Veestraeten and his team assisted Efico, a company trading in green coffee and cocoa since 1926 with headquarters in Antwerp with respect to an amendment of its multicurrency facility agreement with a consortium of Belgian banks.

Assistance with respect to the refinancing of the real estate portfolio of Group Bernaerts

28-07-2020

Dieter Veestraeten and his team assisted Group Bernaerts, a family owned real estate group based in Antwerp, with respect to the refinancing of its real estate portfolio in Antwerp, Mechelen and Willebroek. The portfolio consists of office buildings, semi industrial buildings and logistic warehouses. Berry Westhoff, CFO of Group Bernaerts: “We have a longstanding strong […]