Companies crossing Borders

How: The summer school will be hosted via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, the collaborative online learning platform of the University of Antwerp.

Date: 28 June - 2 July 2021

This summer school focuses on key legal considerations for companies crossing borders. This will be done from various perspectives: mergers and acquisitions, (aggressive) tax (planning), labour, intellectual property, insolvency and international contracts.

Course description

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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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).

Online learning environment

The summer school will be hosted via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, the collaborative online learning platform of the University of Antwerp. Participants need to have a stable internet connection, a headset, a computer and a webcam. The summer school offers a variety of teaching methods. Most sessions will be held “live” in the CEST time zone as to enable interaction and debate. All lectures will be recorded and made available so that participants joining from different time zones can catch up at their own convenience. Some theoretical or introductory sessions will be recorded and shared beforehand. Moreover, an interactive workshop and several breakout sessions will assure the exchange of knowledge and perspectives among the participants.

Schedule 2021

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 aspects
    Prof. dr. Esther van Zimmeren (University of Antwerp)

29 June

1 - 4 PM

  • Cross-border tax aspects
    Prof. 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 courts
    Prof. 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 Defoe
    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)

1 July

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)

2 July

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) and Mr. Johan Kerremans (laywer, Janson)

7.30 - 8 PM

  • Closing ceremony

Teaching staff

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.

Study credits (ECTS)

Successful completion of the summer school can be awarded with 3 credits according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Credits will be awarded on the basis of participation in class and written reports + an oral presentation of findings relating to the case in the tutorials.

To include the credits in the curriculum at the home institution, participants need an agreement with the responsible person at the home institution.

A certificate will be awarded at the end of the programme.