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ASTREA BV CVBA

POSTHOFBRUG 6, B-2600 ANTWERP, BELGIUM
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Work +32 3 287 11 11
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Antwerp, Brussels

Belgium

Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 4

ASTREA

Dieter Veestraeten leads ASTREA's notable banking and finance team, which acts for entities ranging in size from start-ups and growth companies to multinationals and Fortune 500 corporates. Belgian and foreign banks, and government departments, are among other key clients. The firm's high-quality offering ensures that it generates a strong flow of finance-related work connected with renewable energy projects, real estate transactions and PPP projects, among other areas. It also undertakes a significant amount of work for clients in the automotive sector. In the regulatory sphere, Veestraeten is advising French company 1001Pact SAS on setting up a new crowd funding platform in Belgium. Senior associate Philippe Willemsens is recommended.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 4

ASTREA

The corporate and finance team at ASTREA spans the firm's Brussels and Antwerp offices and attracts praise for its ability to provide 'full-service' advice on complex transactions. Recent work highlights include assisting Spie with its acquisition of all shares in ICT company Systemat and advising Urveda on the sale of Invenso to Xpertdoc. 'Hands-on' lawyer Steven De Schrijver, who is based in Brussels, heads the practice alongside Antwerp-based Frédéric Verspreeuwen, who is 'a very good negotiator' and attracts praise for 'understanding and anticipating his client's needs'.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 4

ASTREA BV CVBA

ASTREA BV CVBA has notable expertise in contentious insolvency, corporate disputes and administrative law; the client roster includes Bridgestone and German crane manufacturer Liebherr. Marc Van Looveren,  Louis Verstraeten ('very business oriented and practical') and Olivier Van Fraeyenhoven are key names in the group, which includes Frédéric Verspreeuwen, who has expertise in corporate litigation.

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Industry focus: IT and telecoms
Industry focus: IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

ASTREA

The IT and media group at ASTREA attracts praise for its 'outstanding service' and 'depth of knowledge and responsiveness'. 'Very knowledgeable' practice head Steven De Schrijver is 'extremely client oriented' and is representing Skype Communications in high-profile litigation now proceeding to the Supreme Court. Other clients include Microsoft and ISS Facility Services.

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Industry focus: Transport
Industry focus: Transport - ranked: tier 1

ASTREA

'A modern law firm in a traditional shipping market', according to one client, ASTREA's team 'combines an in-depth knowledge of maritime transport law with a very accessible attitude'. The team is acting for the Belgian federal government in a high-profile collision case involving the MV Flinterstar, with claims totaling over €30m. The group also handles dry shipping matters and, in a recent highlight, Louis Verstraeten led advice to Braskem Europe on a logistics, warehousing and distribution contract. The 'knowledgeable' Marc Van Looveren heads the practice and attracts praise for his ability to 'get good results in a market notorious for its prolonged litigation'. 'Very skilled' senior associate Ruud De Houwer is another key name to note.

Leading individuals

Marc Van Looveren - ASTREA

Next generation lawyers

Ruud De Houwer - ASTREA

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Insolvency and restructuring
Insolvency and restructuring - ranked: tier 3

ASTREA

ASTREA’s team handles a range of insolvency and restructuring matters for creditors and debtors. The group has particular experience in the shipping sector and was instructed by BHP Billiton Marketing as creditor to a Singapore debtor in this sector; the group was active in a number of disputes brought by other creditors challenging the the client's position. Louis Verstraeten heads the team, which includes commercial lawyer Marc Van Looveren.

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