Olivier Van Fraeyenhoven is a partner of Astrea. He is active in the field of commercial law and specialises in intellectual property, distribution, trade practices and ICT law. He has 20 years experience in assisting domestic and international clients in distribution law (and all competition related aspects), national and international sales agreements, product liability issues, e-commerce, trade practices, intellectual property (with a focus on trademark), privacy and ICT law related advices, negotiations, litigation matters and contract drafting. With the adoption of the GDPR, he has assisted a large number of clients and their distribution network with the implementation of the new rules. He has also conducted a significant number of Data Privacy Impact Assessment. He has particular experience in the provision of legal advice to major clients in the automotive sector. Apart from this, he acts for clients in general commercial disputes and court surveys.
Olivier graduated from the University of Louvain (UCL 1990, cum laude) and also obtained a postgraduate degree in economic law from the University of Brussels (1992). In 1992, he became a member of the Brussels Bar and joined the law firm De Caluwé & Dieryck. In 1993 and 1994 he worked with Texaco Belgium as assistant to the general counsel before joining the Antwerp Bar in 1995 as an associate at Dieryck, Van Looveren & Co, later merged into Buyle Dieryck Van Looveren Maingain. Beginning in 2002, he became a partner at Buyle Dieryck Van Looveren Maingain before joining Lawfort as a partner within the IP, IT and distribution Department (2003–2006). In 2006 he co-founded the law firm Astrea.
Olivier is visiting professor at the Louvain School of Management (Facultés Notre Dame de la Paix) where he teaches IP and distribution law. He has published on matters of distribution law, agency agreements and product liability. He is a regular speaker at seminars. Olivier is a member of the Antwerp Bar. He speaks Dutch, French and English.