Steven De Schrijver 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, eg, e-commerce, software licensing, website development and hosting, privacy law, IT security, technology transfers, digital signatures, IT outsourcing, cloud computing, advertising, competition law, intellectual property law, IT contracts, social networking and online gaming and gambling.
Steven also regularly advises technology companies on corporate transactions and has been involved in several national and cross-border transactions in the IT, media and telecom sectors. He participated in the establishment of the first mobile telephone network in Belgium, the establishment of one of the first e-commerce platforms in Belgium, the acquisition of the Flemish broadband cable operator and network, and the acquisition of Belgian software companies by large US, Canadian, French, and Dutch ICT companies.
Steven 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. He provides legible, to-the-point, practical, and business-oriented advice and takes clear positions.
Steven's legal and sector-specific expertise is recognised by Global Law Experts (IT), The Guide to the World's Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyers, The International Who's Who of Internet, e-Commerce & Data Protection Lawyers, PLC Which lawyer?, Lawyer's Monthly Leading Lawyer 100 (M&A), Chambers and Legal 500. Chambers writes that Steven is 'best known for representing clients in the media and high-tech fields, he won fervent praise from clients for his diligence'. Legal 500 adds that Steven is 'tuned into the IT industry' and that '[his] client service is extremely responsive and accessible... [he] gives you a true partner-led service'. He received the ILO Client Choice Award in 2012, in the general corporate category for Belgium.
Steven frequently publishes articles on selected topics relating to IT law and company law, and is a member of the editorial board of Computerrecht, the only Dutch-language IT law magazine.
Steven is a member of the computer and telecommunications law commission of the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA), a member of the IP/IT commission of the Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats (AIJA) and the Belgian member of EuroITCounsel, a quality circle of independent IT lawyers. Steven is a board member of ITechLaw and the current president of IFCLA (the International Federation of Computer Law Associations).
Steven has been admitted to the Brussels Bar and is able to plead before all Belgian courts, the Benelux Court and the European Court of Justice. He received his juris doctor (magna cum laude) from the University of Antwerp and an LLM from the University of Virginia School of Law. Steven is fluent in English, Dutch and French and has a good understanding of German and Spanish.
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