International Deal Making - Assisting Acquirers
Published 19 Nov, 2019
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Steven De Schrijver is a partner at Astrea, specialized in corporate/M&A and IT law.
Steven assisted many large foreign technology companies on their Belgian acquisition. In addition, he closely follows new developments and innovations in the technology sector and focuses on delivering bench-mark advice with respect to new legal problems that arise as a result of these new developments and innovations. As a result of his sector-specific expertise, he advises some of the largest technology companies in the world as well as innovative entrepreneurs on a day-to-day basis on a variety of commercial and information technology law matters.
Steven’s field of expertise in relation to IT & New Media include advertising, competition law, intellectual property law, IT contracts, outsourcing, IT security, privacy and data protection, e-commerce, online gambling, cloud computing, social networking, etc. Whatever the issue is, Steven’s priority is to provide his clients with pragmatic solutions that enable them to achieve their strategic business goals. Therefore, he provides legible and to-the-point, practical and business-oriented advice and takes clear positions.
Steven holds a law degree from the University of Antwerp (magna cum laude, 1992) and an LLM Degree from University of Virginia School of Law (1993).
Prior to joining Astrea, Steven worked for 15 years at Van Bael & Bellis where he became a partner in 2002. He was also a partner at law firm Lorenz, where he headed the Corporate/M&A and IT & New Media departments between 2009 and 2012.
Admissions and Qualifications:
Admitted to the Brussels Bar and admitted to plead before all Belgian Courts, the Benelux Court and the European Court of Justice.
Memberships and Affiliations:
Chambers (“Clients admit they choose Steven De Schrijver because they can call him 24//7. Besides this, he takes care to ensure high-quality work and can build his case extremely well”; “Perhaps best known for representing clients in the media and hi-tech fields, he won fervent praise from clients for his diligence ‘I really don’t know when he sleeps. He works hard and efficiently and no matter what time of the day it is, he gets the job done.”; “He acts quickly, understands the issues, is comfortable with the international aspects and sees everything through the last detail”)
Legal 500 (“Steven De Schrijver is praised for putting in the hours and being committed to getting the deal across the line”; “Steven De Schrijver is praised for being very flexible”; “Steven De Schrijver is very personable and approachable, notes one of his rivals”; “Steven de Schrijver’s knowledge (he is ‘tuned into the IT industry’) and client service (‘extremely responsive and accessible – gives you a true partner-led service’) is positively received. Software agreements, commercial and criminal litigation, and advice on social networking and advertising are all staple fare. Steven de Schrijver’s exemplary mix of clients, including appointment as Belgian legal counsel to Microsoft in June 2010, encompasses Genpact and SunGard”; “Steven De Schrijver is extraordinarily responsive, thorough and intelligent”. Responsiveness and knowledge of international aspects are the main strengths”; “Steven De Schrijver ‘knows M&A law inside-out”
English, Dutch, French, German, Spanish
Astrea is an independent law firm based in Antwerp and Brussels. Established in 2006, the firm has experienced continued growth and advises a growing list of domestic and international clients in all major areas of business law (including corporate/M&A, finance, private equity, employment, commercial, IP, ICT, data protection and privacy, gambling and gaming, real estate, transport & logistics, administrative, environmental, employment, tax, and litigation/arbitration & ADR). Astrea now counts 10 partners and more than 40 fee earners in total. Working closely with some of the finest law firms around the world, Astrea’s partners advise on complex, cross-border and domestic transactions and legal matters. Astrea’s attorneys are multilingual and combine specific legal expertise with relevant industry knowledge and a pragmatic and solution-oriented approach.
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