Economics, Business and (Public) Management


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Acquire key legal considerations for companies crossing borders.


This summer school focuses on key legal considerations for companies crossing borders. This will be done from various perspectives including mergers & acquisitions, (aggressive) tax (planning), labour, intellectual property, insolvency, and international contracts. The summer school includes a case relating to companies involved in a cross-border take-over situation, to be solved by the students. The students' solutions are discussed from the aforementioned various perspectives.

The summer school will be taught by professors of the University of Antwerp, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain) and Bocconi University (Italy).

The programme relates to companies crossing borders, and is composed of two parts:

Introductory lectures on key legal considerations for companies crossing borders; these lectures should enable the students to solve the case that will form the common theme throughout the summer school.Exercises on the basis of a case relating to companies involved in a cross-border take-over situation; to be solved by the students individually within two weeks as of the end of the lectures; students will have to submit a written report on questions relating to the case; students will be required to orally present their findings in an online discussion within one week after submission (tentative timing).

Target group: Students with a degree of Bachelor of Laws or Economics, or students who are enrolled in their third year. Students with similar competences (to be assessed on a case-by-case basis) are eligible for this summer school as well. Good command of English is required.


Day 1 - Monday 27 June 2022

1 - 2 PM

  • Welcome address
    prof. dr. Dirk Vanheule (University of Antwerp)
  • Introduction to the summer school and to the case
    prof. dr. Robby Houben (University of Antwerp)

2 - 5 PM

  • Cross-border intellectual property aspects
    Prof. dr. Esther van Zimmeren (University of Antwerp)

Day 2 - Tuesday 28 June 2022

1 - 4 PM

  • Cross-border tax aspects
    Prof. dr. Anne Van de Vijver (University of Antwerp)
    Prof. dr. Tarcisio Diniz Magalhaes (University of Antwerp)

4.30 - 7.30 PM

  • International contracts: applicable law and competent court / arbitration versus domestic courts
    Prof. dr. Thalia Kruger (University of Antwerp and University of Cape Town)
    Mrs. Dilyara Nigmatullina (University of Antwerp)

Day 3 - Wednesday 29 June 2022

1 - 4 PM

  • Topic to be confirmed
    Prof. dr. Filippo Annunziata (Università Luigi Bocconi, Milan)

4.30 - 7.30 PM

  • Restructuring of cross-border groups of companies
    Prof. dr. Nuria Bermejo (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid)

Day 4 -Thursday 30 June 2022

1 - 4 PM

  • Cross-border mergers and acquisitions
    Prof. dr. Robby Houben (University of Antwerp)

4.30 - 7.30 PM

  • Aggressive tax planning in cross-border context
    Mr. Nicolas Engelmann (lawyer, Laga)

Day 5 - Friday 1 July 2022

1 - 4 PM

  • Cross-border insolvency and cross-border rescue
    Prof. dr. Melissa Vanmeenen (University of Antwerp)

4.30 - 7.30 PM

  • Cross-border labour aspects
    Prof. dr. Daniël Cuypers (University of Antwerp)
    Mr. Johan Kerremans (laywer, Janson)

7.30 - 8 PM

  • Closing ceremony


3 ECTS credits are awarded upon successful completion of the programme.

Course number:
Short- en long-term programmes
Area of interest:
Economics, Business and (Public) Management, Law
Academic year:
2021 - 2022 copy
Starting date:
2021 speakers:


University of Antwerp
Prinsstraat 13
2000 Antwerp

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