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Season 3 programme

Welcome to season 3 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

Our sessions


Tax on securities accounts 2.0

Tuesday 16 March 2021

Bart Buytaert, Andreas Van Impe

Caroline Borgers

The Belgian Federal Parliament recently adopted a law introducing a (revised) annual tax on securities accounts. This tax on securities account 2.0 has a very broad scope and gives rise to many practical questions.

During this presentation, our speakers will provide a general overview and share some insights on selected topical issues, including among others:

  • the notion of (holding) taxable securities in practice
  • the scope of the exemption for securities accounts held by intermediaries
  • the application of the anti-abuse provisions in the hands of both the financial intermediaries and the account holders
  • the compatibility of the Tax and the anti-abuse rules with Constitutional and European fundamental rights

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Deep dive into key clauses of (international) contracts

Tuesday 20 April 2021

Guillaume Croisant, Kevin Xhebexhia, Anastasia Koutra

Xavier Taton

“Parties’ obligations”; “force majeure and hardship”; “indemnity”; “termination”; “non-compete”; “dispute resolution and governing law”; etc. These clauses may seem familiar, but they create a number of pitfalls and raise some points for attention, all the more so in an international context and in light of recent legal developments, such as the adoption of the B2B legislation and Brexit.

During this interactive session, our speakers will shed light on these issues and share practical do’s and don’ts to keep in mind when drafting or reviewing (international) contracts.

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Speak Up - Europe blows the whistle: what you need to know about (the future of) whistleblowing

Tuesday 18 May 2021

Sarah Benzidi, Richard Steppe, Aurélie De Meester

Nele Van Kerrebroeck 

While the obligation to set up a whistleblowing mechanism at company level currently only exists for financial institutions and the public sector in Belgium, the EU whistleblowing Directive (due to be transposed by 17 December 2021) provides for (amongst others) the general obligation for companies with at least 50 employees to set up an internal whistleblowing reporting channel and minimum standards for the protection of persons reporting on breaches. As a result, whistleblowing has gained increasing attention both at national and EU level and companies may need to prepare setting up such internal reporting channels.

This Learning Hub Session will cover the current legislative framework on whistleblowing in Belgium and the impact of the EU Whistleblowing Directive, as well as the key elements to be taken into consideration when implementing a whistleblowing policy, including GDPR considerations and sanction and protection mechanisms that may be triggered. 

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Growing regulatory considerations for M&A in Funds, Private Equity and Real Estate: Merger Control, FDI and Foreign Subsidies

Tuesday 15 June 2021

Liliane Gam, Neil Hoolihan, Sari Corrijn

Bernd Meyring

How to avoid pitfalls when dealing with global regulatory requirements in M&A deals in the Funds, PE and Real Estate sectors?

M&A deals in the Funds, PE and Real Estate sectors increasingly encounter specific challenges and prospects with respect to global merger control, foreign investment and, potentially, foreign subsidies regulations in Europe. In particular due to the large-scale roll-out of country-specific foreign investment regimes across Europe, the regulatory landscape for investments in healthcare and infrastructure sectors is increasingly complex. During this session, our antitrust & foreign investment lawyers will provide insights and market experience on the key issues and their implications for Funds, PE and Real Estate clients.

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Our Season 2 recap

Throughout our LLH series, we have explored a wide range of topics. If you were unable to attend the sessions or simply wish to revisit them, please feel free to explore the videos below.

Crystal clear drafting

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Uncovering the B2B protection regime against unfair contractual terms

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Corporates in change: mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructurings

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

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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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