Economics, Business and Management


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Tags: intellectual property , insolvency , mergers , acquisitions , labour , tax , law , economics

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.


The programme for the 2022 edition will be announced in December 2021. Below a glimpse of our 2021 (online) edition:

28 June

1 - 2 PM

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

2 - 5 PM

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

29 June

1 - 4 PM

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

4.30 - 7.30 PM

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

30 June

1 - 4 PM

  • At the Early Dawn of the Modern Regulation of Financial Markets. The Villainy of Stock-Jobbers (1701) and The Anatomy of Exchange Alley (1719) by Daniel DefoeProf. dr. Filippo Annunziata (Università Luigi Bocconi, Milan)

4.30 - 7.30 PM

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

1 July

1 - 4 PM

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

4.30 - 7.30 PM

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

2 July

1 - 4 PM

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

4.30 - 7.30 PM

  • Cross-border labour aspectsProf. dr. Daniël Cuypers (University of Antwerp) and 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 Management, Law
Academic year:
2021 - 2022
Starting date:
2021 speakers:


Stadscampus, University of Antwerp, Belgium

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