The Linklaters Learning Hub in Belgium

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Season 2 programme

Welcome to season 2 of the the Linklaters Learning Hub - the training program that brings together young professionals from Linklaters and our clients. It offers a unique opportunity to learn side by side, grow your professional network and share skills and knowledge in an informal and relaxed setting with your peers of a similar seniority.

The training webinars are on the fundamentals of key legal fields and essential business skills. The sessions will be delivered approximately every four weeks. In one hour we will cover the basic principles of a selected legal topic, which will include practical take-aways that you can implement in your day-to-day work. Participants can attend the full program or only those sessions that best match their interests.

Are you interested? Please click here to register your interest. Other members of your team are of course also very welcome to join.

The programme

Upcoming sessions


Crystal clear drafting

Tuesday 15 September 2020
11:00 to 12:00 CET 

We are happy to invite you to our Learning Hub session on effective drafting; join us and let’s find out together how a great legal memo looks like!

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Private equity funds, what do they do and how do they work?

Tuesday 20 October 2020
11:00 to 12:00 CET

During this session, you will learn what private equity funds do and how they work. Next to some general information about their structure, you will also learn about the type of transactions private equity funds are typically involved in, the different phases of an investment lifecycle.

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Uncovering the B2B protection regime against unfair contractual terms

Tuesday 17 November 2020
11:00 to 12:00 CET

What do a franchise agreement, an office lease agreement or a long-term lease agreement, a settlement agreement, an arbitration clause in a claims assignment agreement, a penalty clause in a service level agreement between a bank and a services provider, have in common as from 1 December 2020? They are all susceptible to falling under the scope of the protection regime against unfair contractual terms between businesses as enacted by the Law of 4 April 2019.

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Corporates in change: mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructurings

Tuesday 15 December 2020
11:00 to 12:00 CET

The time has come to take stock of the latest M&A developments! In this session we discuss different transaction structures (share deal vs. asset deal), what types of closing mechanisms could be used (locked box vs. closing accounts) and how to tackle risk allocation and deal with certainty issues inherent to these transactions.

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How to successfully network in the legal world

Tuesday 19 January 2021
11:00 to 12:00 CET

In this session, our internal and external speakers will help you (re)discover how developing your communication skills and contacts gives, both you and your employer, a competitive business edge.


A recap of season 1

Linklaters (Virtual!) Learning Hub

The Learning Hub aims to provide a relaxed and informal learning space for young professionals in which they can broaden their expertise and expand their network.

In March, we decided to pause our sessions due to the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Since then, we have all had to transform our lives – private and professional – in ways most of us had probably never even considered beforehand.

One of these transformations is the surge of the online meeting or conference, which has proven to be a resounding success – you will all have experienced this yourselves. So, we grasped this opportunity to reimagine and adapt our approach to ensure the same quality learning. Hence, the Linklaters Learning Hub is taking to your screens.

You can watch all of our online sessions below.

Thursday 25 June

The EU and its decision-making process — why should you care?

Alexandra Nagy, Jesus Elguea Palacios

Els Janssens

During this session, we will give you first-hand insights into the works of the EU institutions. Who are the main EU actors and how do they work in practice? What are the most known and less known processes for adopting legislation? How do the EU decision-makers adopt legislation? And, most importantly, how you can use this information in order to anticipate and follow measures that might impact your companies?

We will also take you through the EU’s regulatory plans and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on EU agenda. In the coming years, the EU will not only need to deliver on the top priorities, such as sustainability and digitalisation, but also take measures to respond to the current crisis. Also, we will look into how financial topics have regained a higher position in the EU list of priorities, and give you insights into measures related to the Capital Markets Union and the Banking Union.

Thursday 11 June

Dealing with companies in financial difficulty: key legal issues in the current Covid-19 crisis

Marie De Vreese, Michiel Vanwynsberghe 

Laurens Cools

The Covid-19 crisis puts tremendous pressure on the liquidity position of otherwise financially sound companies.

In this session, the speakers will highlight a number of key legal issues that legal teams will have to manage to help their companies navigating the current crisis and using the legislative tools at their disposal.

Thursday 28 May

Getting your deal through: competition law needn’t be a pain

Victoria Heinen, Thomas Reyntjens 

Lodewick Prompers 

In this session we will run through everything you need to know about competition law and how it may impact your deal, also in Covid-19 times.

Most countries around the world have a competition law regime. It is important to think about this early on in any deal process, no matter how big or small your deal is and regardless of whether your deal will have any impact on competition. Indeed, merger control can impact deal valuation, transaction structure, timing, costs and the transaction agreements. Antitrust law constrains what you can write in an SPA and which information you can share when negotiating your deal. But not to worry, after this session you will know everything you need to know to keep your deal on course.

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