ASTREA BV CVBA > Antwerp, Belgium > Firm Profile

ASTREA BV CVBA
POSTHOFBRUG 6
B-2600 ANTWERP
Belgium

Belgium > Industry focus: Transport Tier 1

ASTREA BV CVBA enjoys a stellar reputation on account of its strength in the maritime, road, and logistics sectors, representing an array of major Belgian and international shippers, shipping agents, stevedores, and public bodies in various high-profile disputes and advisory mandates. The group is particularly noted for its broad German-language capabilities, and wide-ranging expertise in shipping and logistics matters. Practice head Marc Van Looveren is widely praised by clients for his 'outstanding' expertise in maritime and arrest-related matters, representing domestic and international companies in high-stakes proceedings regarding at-sea collisions, cargo claims, and charter party disputes. Ruud De Houwer's broad maritime and transport focus encompasses salvage efforts, wreck removal, vessel arrest, and carrier's liability claims. All named lawyers are based in Antwerp.

Practice head(s):

Marc Van Looveren

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We have a long-lasting relationship with Astrea. The corporation is highly appreciated by us as it is a combination of legal expertise and pragmatic, commercial approach. This is what our clients in the maritime and transport business require.’

‘Marc van Looveren’s skills are outstanding.’

‘Astrea is very skilled in litigation cases pertaining to the application of administrative law (e.g. permit procedures) and the recovery of incident costs. Our experience is that their expertise covers marine issues at large (shipping, marine environment, etc.).’

‘Experience in maritime law is outstanding. Astrea has a large expertise in the matter so they can assist in many different cases. They are very easy to contact and always available, both digitally and in-person.’

‘Ruud De Houwer is an exceptionally good lawyer, with a great expertise in shipping matters. He can explain complicated matters in a simple way and is always two step ahead of the competition. We have a lot of confidence in him as a person and as a lawyer. Furthermore, he is always available when needed.’

‘This practice stands out since they they are actually working as a team. Whereas in other law offices you have only one contact person, with Astrea you have the service and flexibility of a team.’

‘Marc van Looveren is astute, precise, to the point, competent, commercial and aware of clients’ needs, experienced in other jurisdictions than Belgium. Speedy and very good value for money.’

Key clients

Skuld P&I

Standard Club P&I

Belgian Federal Government – Department of Transport and Mobility

Belgian Federal Government – Department of Health and the Environment

Saga Welco

Maersk

Spliethof, Transfennica

Fast Forward Freight

Crystal Cruises

Katoen Natie – Rapid Tank Services

Van Es Group

Noord Natie Holding

SCUA Belgium

Lukoil Benelux BV

Topoil AB

Heros Sluiskil BV

Saga Welco

U.K. Club

Cargill

LIEBHERR

Marincon

Jansen Air & Ocean

Work highlights

  • Assisting the Belgian Federal Government to retrieve over €3.5m in oil cleaning and spill prevention costs, as well as fending off the shipowner’s claim of over €15m euros for removal of the wreck of mv. Flinterstar.
  • Assisting P&I Insurers and the owners of the container vessel mv. Cap San Lorenzo in a matter where damage was sustained by port of Antwerp terminal operators oil tanking during an incident in April 2021.
  • Advising the owners of the mv. Athens Star, a chemicals tanker, following the collision of this vessel with port infrastructure included in ExxonMobil’s terminal in the Port of Antwerp in January 2019.

Belgium > Industry focus: IT and telecoms Tier 3

The Antwerp-based ASTREA BV CVBA acts for various high-profile Belgian and foreign companies on a range of IT advisory mandates and court proceedings before the domestic and European courts. The team is particularly active in the e-commerce, online gaming, video-gaming sectors, helping clients to navigate unique Belgian regulatory requirements. Steven De Schrijver has niche expertise in data security issues. Olivier Van Fraeyenhoven is noted for his knowledge of IT and privacy issues in the automotive sector, while Pieter Paepe's recent engagements include appearances before the Court of Justice of the European Union, acting on behalf of the Belgian state.

Practice head(s):

Steven De Schrijver; Olivier Van Fraeyenhoven; Pieter Paepe

Other key lawyers:

Jan van Loon

Testimonials

‘Astrea has a very good team of lawyers (including the juniors). A very customer-friendly firm.’

‘Steven De Schrijver is a good lawyer and surrounded by a good team. It is always a pleasure to work with him. You can count on him and his team to find workarounds to help his customers.’

‘In my opinion Astrea’s absolutely unique manner combines high proficiency in legal knowledge (especially in IT, TMT and data privacy areas) with outstanding experience. What is really noteworthy is the fact that our contact with Astrea in the course of legal services – thanks to use of technology – was only virtual. Thanks to this, we were able to operate faster, cheaper and more efficiently which is extremely important to us.’

‘Both Mr. Steven De Schrijver and Mr. Jan van Loon have a great ability to understand a client’s needs and tailor their recommendations. Respectively, they are both great professionals, with outstanding legal knowledge and the ability to use it in the constantly changing market realities.’

Key clients

DoubleVerify

Alpina

Alcopa

Engineered Performance Technologies

Invenso

ISS Facility Services

Microsoft

Skype Communications s.à.r.l.

Cargotec / Kalmar

Taxis Verts

Eyeonid

Kingdom of Belgium

Kindred Group

SPIE

HubSpot

FLEGA (Flemish Games Association)

Redpharma

European Gaming and Betting Association

International Social Games Association

Work highlights

  • Assisted Bridgestone Europe in negotiating a complex agreement for the outsourcing to Accenture of non-public procurement including IT and services.
  • Assisted DPG Media with setting-up its joint-venture with Telenet and negotiating complex IT agreements for the creation of ‘Streamz’, a digital streaming platform that should act as the Flemish competitor to Netflix.
  • Advising Kindred group on regulatory matters pertaining to Belgian gaming law and its licensing system.

Belgium > Insolvency and restructuring Tier 3

With clients including domestic and international distressed companies and insolvency practitioners, the team at ASTREA BV CVBA handles cross-border and company group insolvency matters, domestic judicial reorganisation proceedings, and insolvency litigation. Practice head Louis Verstraeten has experience in negotiating insolvency agreements, as well as representing in contentious proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Louis Verstraeten

Other key lawyers:

Clara Vanhecke

Testimonials

‘Great service! Fast and well known.’

‘Louis Verstraeten as a partner and Clara Vanhecke as a lawyer have managed and are managing a complex restructuring and solvency case. They have put together the right strategy to minimize the losses and risks for the rest of the group whilst maintaining the reputation of the company at a high level.’

‘Louis has a very deep knowledge of the (changing) legal environment in Belgian insolvency cases. His broad experience allows for a good view on the expected outcome in court.’

Key clients

AB InBev Belgium NV

Airopack BV/ Airosolutions NV

Cargill BV (Netherlands)

Cargill NV (Belgium)

Katoen Natie NV

Hoad Holding BV

Keymusic België

Bero Monaco Sarl

Blok Pekaar Bol BV

Diagnostics Medial Systems SA

BHP Billiton Marketing AG

Inbev Belgium nv/sa

FORT Advocaten

Imtech Belgium nv/sa (the directors of)

Schulze & Braun

Airopack/Airosolutions

Hi-Tech Radiators (India)

Hoad Holding BV

Work highlights

  • Representing Medical Devices International in litigation against the Walloon Region on whether the reduction of repayment debts, resulting from subsidies granted by public authorities, would violate competition law.
  • Representing Baliopharm AG in litigation to obtain a carve out of a Swiss subsidiary from the judicial restructuring of the holding company in Belgium.
  • Advising Bonita on its wind-down as part of a judicial restructuring.

Belgium > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

With a focus on the logistics, technology, media, and automotive industries, ASTREA BV CVBA handles complex transactions, including cross-border deals, and is also a regular adviser on Belgian aspects of multi-jurisdictional transactions, including regulatory considerations. The team has been active in distressed M&A and Covid-19 related work during 2021, and is also able to handle acquisition financing. The team is led by Frédéric Verspreeuwen and Steven De Schrijver, both focused on transactional work, including complex international deals, on behalf of a wide range of domestic and international clients.

Testimonials

‘Astrea has distinguished itself from others in its professional approach and very short reaction times.’

Key clients

Geosquare

Castelmore

Dpg Media

Radius Payment Solutions

Kindred

Contraload

Hubspot

Indu-tools

Alcopa

Simac Techniek Nv

Vybros

Horizon Ventures

Toyota

Pixid

Pryme Cleantech

Gimber

Mavico

Archimed

Work highlights

  • Advised DPG Media on the set-up of a joint venture with Telenet to launch and commercialise a brand-new local streaming/SVOD platform in Belgium.
  • Avised Kindred on the acquisition of one of the 9 Belgian casinos.
  • Advised the founder and management of Contraload on its sale to the Apax-controlled Tosca group.

Belgium > Intellectual property Tier 4

ASTREA BV CVBA‘s IP practice advises various high-profile clients operating in the media, tech, fashion, and food and beverage sectors. Regarded by clients as ‘real experts in its field‘, the team is well versed in patent litigation, licence disputes, trademark infringement oppositions, and global IP portfolio management mandates. Joint practice heads Olivier Van Fraeyenhoven and Christine De Keersmaeker are noted for their respective expertise in the automotive sector, and fashion and design industries.

Practice head(s):

Olivier Van Fraeyenhoven; Christine De Keersmaeker

Testimonials

‘Astrea works with a dedicated single point of contact, who supervises any project and who composes the team in function of the projects to be handled.’

‘Each partner in the office is a specialist in one of these areas and heads his team. The combination of these specialities, mastered by enthusiastic and committed men and women, means that we have been working with this firm for more than 25 years and have grown with them with great success.’

‘The team is very coherent and cover a very wide range of topics.’

‘Astrea’s IP lawyers are real experts in their field.’

‘Our collaboration with the IP team has been nothing but a pleasant experience and we are very satisfied with their work. Since the start of our collaboration, we have appreciated their course of actions and the efficient solutions they brought each time. Each lawyer within the team is fully aware of the case which made it very easy for us to reach to the answers to our questions.’

‘The team is very professional, and very friendly.’

Key clients

Allocate Software Company

Greenpan Ltd

American Clothing Associates

Aga Rangemaster

BV 32 (Ann Demeuelemeester & Atelier Haider Ackermann)

The Searchers

New Sobelwood

Wesp Europe

Jaguar Land Rover

Van Laere International

Sander & Partners

Filip Arickx & Ann Vandevost

Move to Cure

Mazda

Bihr

DPG Media

NATAN

Work highlights

  • Assisting Move to Cure with strategy advice regarding protection, exploitation of its IP aiming at growing the IP and business value of the company.
  • Assisting the fashion designer Edouard Vermeulen, who has been dressing members of royal families for years, with protection of its IP portfolio worldwide.

Belgium > Dispute resolution

Led by Marc Van Looveren and Olivier Van Fraeyenhoven, the Antwerp-based ASTREA BV CVBA is highly experienced in a range of domestic and multi-jurisdictional disputes, most notably in the transport and logistics sectors.
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The firm: Astrea is the independent all-round Belgian law firm promising result-oriented legal advice with 12 partners and more than 45 specialists and experienced lawyers, spread between offices in Antwerp and Brussels. The firm was established in 2006 by a handful of experienced lawyers who had gained a wealth of experience in various firms, and has steadily expanded with experienced specialists and young talent. Astrea offers high-quality legal services to Belgian and international businesses, ranging from promising start-ups and growth companies to long-established corporations (including more than 15 Fortune 500 companies). Astrea also undertakes regular work for government departments and public bodies in Belgium.

The firm’s broad-based composition allows it to offer a comprehensive approach. Based on the individual client’s needs and the specific issues at hand, it assigns a customised team of specialist lawyers to each case. This enables it to consider every relevant area of law and provide the most efficient solution.

A unique blend of passion and respect is the strength of the Astrea team. The approach of every team member is always client-oriented and client-driven. It responds quickly, and is proactive and pragmatic. Quality is essential, but the firm also aims to be as cost-efficient as possible.

Areas of practice: Astrea is specialised in the following practice areas: corporate/M&A; banking and finance; tax law; real estate law; environmental law; administrative law; employment law; IT and privacy law; IP, media, entertainment and sports law; commercial and economic law; collection, attachment and insolvency law; shipping, transport and logistics law.

Astrea is focused on the following sectors: Automotive; Real Estate and Construction; Finance; Technology; Public; Life Sciences; Sports and Media; Transport and Logistics.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Transport and logistics Marc Van Looverenmvl@astrealaw.be+3232871133
Transport and logistics Louis Verstraetenlve@astrealaw.be+3232871129
Commercial and economic Olivier Van Fraeyenhovenovf@astrealaw.be+3232871109
Commercial and economic Filip Desmedtfde@astrealaw.be+3232871111
Real estate and environmental Ciska Servaiscs@astrealaw.be+3232871123
Real estate and environmental Philippe Van Wesemaelpvw@astrealaw.be+3222159758
Employment Rudi Desmetrds@astrealaw.be+3232871111
Corporate/M&A Steven De Schrijversds@astrealaw.be+3222159758
Corporate/M&A Micha Van den Abeelemvda@astrealaw.be+3232871120
Corporate/M&A Frédéric Verspreeuwenfvs@astrealaw.be+3232871113
IT and privacy Olivier Van Fraeyenhovenovf@astrealaw.be+3232871109
IT and privacy Steven De Schrijversds@astrealaw.be+3222159758
Collection, attachment and insolvency Marc Van Looverenmvl@astrealaw.be+3232871133
Collection, attachment and insolvency Louis Verstraetenlve@astrealaw.be+3232871129
Intellectual Property Olivier Van Fraeyenhovenovf@astrealaw.be+3232871109
Intellectual Property Christine De Keersmaekercdk@astrealaw.be+3222159758
Dispute resolution Marc Van Looverenmvl@astrealaw.be+3232871133
Dispute resolution Olivier Van Fraeyenhovenovf@astrealaw.be+3232871109
Liability of public authorities and private partners on environmental issues Ilse Cuypersicu@astrealaw.be+3232871183
Administrative Philippe Van Wesemaelpvw@astrealaw.be+3222159758
Banking and finance Dieter Veestraetendve@astrealaw.be+32 22159758
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Ilse Cuypers photo Ilse CuypersIlse Cuypers is a partner at Astrea and specializes in environmental law…
Steven De Schrijver photo Steven De SchrijverSteven is a partner at Astrea and specializes in M&A, corporate law,IT…
Filip Desmedt photo Filip DesmedtFilip Desmedt is a partner at Astrea and specializes in commercial and…
Rudi Desmet photo Rudi DesmetRudi Desmet is a partner at Astrea. He has over 30 years…
Ciska Servais photo Ciska ServaisCiska Servais is a partner at Astrea and as Astrea’s head of…
Olivier Van Fraeyenhoven photo Olivier Van FraeyenhovenOlivier Van Fraeyenhoven is a partner at Astrea and specializes in distribution…
Marc Van Looveren photo Marc Van LooverenMarc Van Looveren is a partner at Astrea, specializing in liability and…
Philippe Van Wesemael photo Philippe Van WesemaelAs a partner at Astrea, Philippe van Wesemael specializes in real estate…
Micha Van den Abeele photo Micha Van den AbeeleAs a partner at Astrea, Micha Van den Abeele specializes in corporate…
Dieter Veestraeten photo Dieter VeestraetenDieter Veestraeten has more than 20 years of experience in advising large…
Frédéric Verspreeuwen photo Frédéric VerspreeuwenFrédéric Verspreeuwen is a partner at the Antwerp office of Astrea since…
Louis Verstraeten photo Louis VerstraetenLouis Verstraeten is a partner at Astrea and specializes in commercial contracts,…
Number of lawyers : 40+
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Other offices : Brussels