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. Recently, Steven also began advising companies on legal issues relating to drones and robotics.
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 telecoms 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, the acquisition of Belgian software companies by large US, Canadian, French and Dutch ICT companies, and outsourcing and IT projects both for suppliers and customers.
Steven closely follows new developments and innovations in the technology sector and focuses on delivering benchmark 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 The Guide to the World’s Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyers, Who's Who Legal: Telecommunications Media & Technology, Chambers and Legal 500. Legal 500 writes that "Astrea's excellent IT team is 'very competent and knowledgable' [...] Steven De Schrijver 'provided comprehensive advice defending data protection, privacy and technology law'". Steven received the ILO Client Choice Award in 2012, in the general corporate category for Belgium, and received in the Who's Who Legal global IT Lawyer of the Year Award in 2012 and 2014.
Steven frequently publishes articles on selected topics relating to technology law and M&A, and is a member of the editorial board of Computerrecht, the only Dutch-language IT law magazine.
Steven is the Belgian member of EuroITCounsel, a quality circle of independent IT lawyers. Steven is a board member of ITechLaw and a former 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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