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ASTREA BV CVBA > The Legal 500 RankingsASTREA 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.
Marc Van Looveren
Other key lawyers:
‘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.’
Standard Club P&I
Belgian Federal Government – Department of Transport and Mobility
Belgian Federal Government – Department of Health and the Environment
Fast Forward Freight
Katoen Natie – Rapid Tank Services
Van Es Group
Noord Natie Holding
Lukoil Benelux BV
Heros Sluiskil BV
Jansen Air & Ocean
- 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.
Steven De Schrijver; Olivier Van Fraeyenhoven; Pieter Paepe
Other key lawyers:
Jan van Loon
‘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.’
Engineered Performance Technologies
ISS Facility Services
Skype Communications s.à.r.l.
Cargotec / Kalmar
Kingdom of Belgium
FLEGA (Flemish Games Association)
European Gaming and Betting Association
International Social Games Association
- 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.
Other key lawyers:
‘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.’
AB InBev Belgium NV
Airopack BV/ Airosolutions NV
Cargill BV (Netherlands)
Cargill NV (Belgium)
Katoen Natie NV
Hoad Holding BV
Bero Monaco Sarl
Blok Pekaar Bol BV
Diagnostics Medial Systems SA
BHP Billiton Marketing AG
Inbev Belgium nv/sa
Imtech Belgium nv/sa (the directors of)
Schulze & Braun
Hi-Tech Radiators (India)
Hoad Holding BV
- 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.
‘Astrea has distinguished itself from others in its professional approach and very short reaction times.’
Radius Payment Solutions
Simac Techniek Nv
- 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.
Olivier Van Fraeyenhoven; Christine De Keersmaeker
‘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.’
Allocate Software Company
American Clothing Associates
BV 32 (Ann Demeuelemeester & Atelier Haider Ackermann)
Jaguar Land Rover
Van Laere International
Sander & Partners
Filip Arickx & Ann Vandevost
Move to Cure
- 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.
ASTREA BV CVBA > Firm Profile
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.
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|Ilse Cuypers||Ilse Cuypers is a partner at Astrea and specializes in environmental law…||View Profile|
|Steven De Schrijver||Steven is a partner at Astrea and specializes in M&A, corporate law,IT…||View Profile|
|Filip Desmedt||Filip Desmedt is a partner at Astrea and specializes in commercial and…||View Profile|
|Rudi Desmet||Rudi Desmet is a partner at Astrea. He has over 30 years…||View Profile|
|Ciska Servais||Ciska Servais is a partner at Astrea and as Astrea’s head of…||View Profile|
|Olivier Van Fraeyenhoven||Olivier Van Fraeyenhoven is a partner at Astrea and specializes in distribution…||View Profile|
|Marc Van Looveren||Marc Van Looveren is a partner at Astrea, specializing in liability and…||View Profile|
|Philippe Van Wesemael||As a partner at Astrea, Philippe van Wesemael specializes in real estate…||View Profile|
|Micha Van den Abeele||As a partner at Astrea, Micha Van den Abeele specializes in corporate…||View Profile|
|Dieter Veestraeten||Dieter Veestraeten has more than 20 years of experience in advising large…||View Profile|
|Frédéric Verspreeuwen||Frédéric Verspreeuwen is a partner at the Antwerp office of Astrea since…||View Profile|
|Louis Verstraeten||Louis Verstraeten is a partner at Astrea and specializes in commercial contracts,…||View Profile|