ASTREA advised INDU TOOLS GROUP with the acquisition of I-RENTAL, a company specialized in industrial rental of machinery and tools. The transaction was managed by Micha Van den Abeele, assisted by a multidisciplinary team at Astrea involved in the different aspects of the deal including commercial, social and corporate due diligence.
Astrea has advised the founders of the start-up GIMBER (gimber.com) a rapidly growing ginger drink manufacturer, with their first external funding round with the Luxembourg VC, DLF Venture and the Austrian VC, Square One Foods. The transaction was managed by Frédéric Verspreeuwen and Philippe Willemsens.
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 Steven De Schrijver.
The sale still needs to be ratified by the UCI License Commission in December.
ASTREA acted as lead counsel to the largest media concern in Belgium, DPG Media (owning a.o. the largest broadcasting company in Belgium) in the set-up of an ambitious Joint Venture with Telenet, a listed company (telecom operator, owning, TV platform, affiliate of the Liberty Group).
The purpose of this JV between both champions in their field of business is to build and launch a new streaming/SVOD platform in Belgium in 2020 aiming to become the biggest competitor in Belgium of Netflix.
The transaction included the negotiations of the investment agreement and joint-venture, but also the build-out of the technical streaming platform and the cooperation between the JV and its shareholders through a wholesale agreement, preferred reseller agreement, advertising agreements and content license agreements.
Frédéric Verspreeuwen lead the Astrea team and was responsible for the corporate aspects of the transaction.
Steven De Schrijver was responsible for drafting the video platform agreement, the data sharing agreement, the data processing agreement and the transitional services agreement.
Steven De Schrijver and Dieter Veestraeten were advising Horizon Ventures, one of the largest venture capital funds of Hong Kong, on several rounds of investment in Cloudalize, a Belgian technology company. The Ghent based company Cloudalize offers a full-range of GPU-powered Cloud solutions for businesses. This is the first investment of Horizon Ventures in Belgium.
Astrea has assisted US-based company DoubleVerify Inc. (the leading independent platform for digital media measurement and analytics), which is backed by Providence, one of the largest sector-focused PE’s with a portfolio of 60 bn USD, with the acquisition of Zentrick, a Belgian company building technology that empowers ad tech companies to deliver effective video advertising by aligning the needs of advertisers, publishers and viewers.
Astrea assisted Alpina Capital Partners, a European technology growth investment firm, with respect to the acquisition of the majority of the shares of Objective, a software company based in Wichelen, Belgium.
Astrea partners Dieter Veestraeten and Steven De Schrijver have advised the sellers 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.
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.
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 and fruitful relationship with Astrea. Dieter Veestraeten is a solid counsel with an indepth knowledge of the financial industry and real estate market. We can always count on Dieter. He is a very responsive, pro-active advisor with an extreme dedication to the job and to us as his client. ”
Astrea has advised Castelmore Group with the roll out of their buy and build strategy in de property management industry, acquiring amongst others JALO BEHEER and BEHEER. The transaction was managed by Frédéric Verspreeuwen and Philippe Willemsens, assisted by a multidisciplinary team at Astrea involved in the different aspects of the deal including on all regulatory and employment law aspects.
Astrea advised the founder and management of Contraload, a Belgian leading load carrier pooling company, active in almost all countries in Europe, with the sale of their shares to and reinvestment in Tosca, an American supplier of reusable packaging and supply chain solutions, controlled by Apax Funds. The transaction was managed by Frédéric Verspreeuwen, Dieter Veestraeten and Seppe Laenen.
We assist clients regarding problems and damages during the construction process. We also prepare all contracts relating to the construction process and liabilities.
We assist clients and handle procedures regarding regional and local taxes, regarding property, permits, empty and abandoned locations, etc.
We assist clients regarding the procedures for permits for windturbines.
We assisted FORD in the past and this year again for the last plot in the sale of the land of Ford Motor Company in Genk to the Flemish Region.
Clients request assistance in completing their requests for permits for large, medium and/or small construction permits. We assist them during the procedure, often after objections from neighbours or when the city council does not grant the permit.
ASTREA advised project developer POC Partners with the negotiations and drafting of all documentation in connection with the restructuring of its shareholding and in particular the exit of one of its founding fathers. The transaction involved different aspects including court procedures and was managed by Marc Van Looveren – commercial litigation partner, Micha Van den Abeele – corporate real estate specialist and Mai Nguyen.
Astrea advised VYBROS INVEST with the acquisition of VAPO HYDRAULICS and the setup of a buy and build platform by VYBROS and the founding fathers of VAPO HYDRAULICS to roll out in 2019 and 2020 several acquisitions in the Benelux in the field of hydraulic drive engineering for press construction, infrastructure works, offshore and the energy sector as well as the maintenance of hydraulic components. These transactions were managed by Micha Van den Abeele and her team.
Astrea assisted Medipartner and its CEO Sophie Mestré in the transaction with the new private equity firm WE ARE JANE, investing in MEDIPARTNER. Medipartner is the first investment of the We Are Jane fund that focuses on female entrepreneurs and is led by Conny Vandendriessche (Accent Jobs, House of HR and Stella P), Eline Talboom ann Muriel Uytterhaegen (former GIMV). This all female transaction (female founder, investor and advisors) was managed at Astrea by Micha Van den Abeele.
Astrea assisted a UK based construction company that will build a data center in Belgium about the mandatory social security and employment requirements when managing construction projects and construction sites. The client was advised on LIMOSA, A1 documents, work permits and residence permits, well-being at the work place, social security and tax debts, withholding obligations, minimum wages, electronic registration of the presences of workers (checkinatwork), declaration of a construction sites. Posting agreements and employment contract for local hires were also drafted.
A Belgian employee of a Finnish company was made redundant in compliance with the terms and conditions of his employment contract which was drawn up under Finnish law. However, based on mandatory Belgian employment law the employee claimed a higher termination indemnity. Astrea has lead the negotiations resulting in a favorable settlement agreement.
Together with the Dutch law firm, Astrea represented a Belgian employee who had left the company to settle in the US and start a competing business. The employer claimed an indemnification of 1,000,000 EUR under Dutch employment law for breach of his non-compete clause and his relation clause. Astrea prepared and pleaded the case jointly with the Dutch lawyer and won the appeal in the Belgian labour court of appeal. The court accepted that mandatory local Belgian law prevailed over the contractual Dutch law
Astrea advised its client in respect with the COVID-19prevention measures to be taken. A number of legal issues needed to be solved: how to introduce tracking devices, temperature control at the entrance, GDPR-compliance when it is forbidden to store medical devices.
Astrea assisted the seller in the collective negotiations with its trade unions to conclude a collective bargaining agreement when it transferred part of its employees to its subcontractor. After the transfer, Astrea assisted the buyer in the collective negotiations with its trade unions to conclude a collective bargaining agreement to harmonize the working conditions of the employees transferred to it.
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.
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