Olivier Van Fraeyenhoven KC > ASTREA BV CVBA > Antwerp, Belgium > Lawyer Profile


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Commmercial & Distribution law, IT & Privacy, EU & Competition law


Olivier Van Fraeyenhoven is a partner at Astrea and specializes in distribution law in the broadest sense of the word. His area of specialization includes concessions, commercial agencies and franchises, competition law, market practices, brands, advertising and all aspects of after-sales service.

He has extensive experience in advising Astrea’s clients on the protection of privacy (GDPR). Olivier advises his clients on restructuring, disputes between manufacturers and resellers and advertising campaigns and consumer disputes, particularly in the field of product liability. The automotive sector is a particular area of interest of Olivier.

In addition to his activities at Astrea, Olivier is a guest lecturer at the University of Namur, where he teaches distribution law. He is also often asked as a speaker at conferences and is a member of the Antwerp Bar.


(2006 – Present) Astrea – Partner
(2009 – Present) Louvain School of Management – Guest lecturer
(2003 – 2006) Lawfort – Partner
(2002 – 2003) Buyle, Dieryck, Van Looveren, Maingain – Partner


French, Dutch and English.


University of Brussels (1992) – Special Degree in Business Law
University of Louvain-La-Neuve (1990) – Master of Laws (cum laude)

Lawyer Rankings

Belgium > Industry focus: IT and telecoms

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.

Belgium > Intellectual property

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.

Belgium > Dispute resolution

(Firms to watch)

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.