Steven De Schrijver KC > ASTREA BV CVBA > Antwerp, Belgium > Lawyer Profile

ASTREA BV CVBA
POSTHOFBRUG 6
B-2600 ANTWERP
Belgium

Work Department

Company law and M&A, IT & Privacy

Position

Steven is a partner at Astrea and specializes in M&A, corporate law,IT and media, data protection and privacy and outsourcing. Steven has almost 30 years of experience in advising Belgian and foreign companies on corporate transactions and has been involved in numerous national and cross-border transactions in the IT, media, telecoms and life sciences sectors.

Steven also advises some of the largest Belgian and foreign technology companies, as well as innovative entrepreneurs on complex commercial agreements and projects dealing with new technologies, most of the time with a cross-border element.

Steven has been involved in many IT, outsourcing, software and cloud application development, digital transformation, telecom/media projects (establishment of first mobile telephone operator in Belgium, acquisition of Flemish broadband cable operator, joint venture to launch video-on-demand services) and data protection (now: GDPR) compliance projects. He has a passion for artificial intelligence, robotics and drones.

He is also is active in the IBA Corporate and M&A Law Committee and the IBA Technology Law Committee and in ITechLaw. He is past-President of IFCLA and a member of the Tech M&A Committee of ITechLaw. He is Honorary member of AIJA and the Belgian member of EuroITCounsel.

Steven De Schrijver received in 2019 (for the fifth time) the Who’s Who Legal award as Global IT / TMT / Data Lawyer of the Year and is considered a “Global Elite Thought Leader” in Data by Who’s Who Legal (https://whoswholegal.com/steven-de-schrijver). Steven is recommended for corporate & M&A in Chambers, Legal 500 and IFLR and for IT law in Chambers, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal.

Steven is known by his clients to go all the way to get the job done. He is pro-active, responsive, extremely available and pragmatic. Steven has an extensive international network of foreign lawyers with whom he closely cooperates on inbound and outbound cross-border transactions.

Career

(2012 – present) Astrea – Partner
(2009 – 2012) Lorenz – Partner
(2002 – 2009) Van Bael & Bellis – Partner
(1993 – 2001) Van Bael & Bellis – Associate

Languages

Dutch, French, English, German and Spanish.

Memberships

Steven De Schrijver is a member of the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA), the Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats (AIJA), the American Bar Association (ABA) International Law Section and the Belgian member of EuroITCounsel, a quality circle of independent IT lawyers. Steven is also actively involved in ITechLaw as one of the country representatives in Belgium and newly elected member of the ITechLaw Board of Directors. He was recently elected as President of the International Federation of Computer Law Associations (IFCLA).

Education

King’s College London (1999) – Postgraduate degree in EC Competition Law
Brussels School of Economics (1997) – Corporate Law (cum laude)
University of Virginia Law School, USA (1993) – LLM
University of Antwerp (1992) – Master of Laws (magna cum laude)

Lawyer Rankings

Belgium > Commercial, corporate and M&A

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.