26 Sep
09:30 - 18:00
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Concluding Conference: Cross-border Corporate Mobility in Europe

Harnessing empirical data to explore the impact of corporate mobility in Europe.

The topic of cross-border company mobility has been on the EU legislator’s agenda for several decades. However, only in the last decade through the creation of European company law forms such as the European Company (Societas Europaea, SE) or the European Cooperative Society (SCE), legislation on cross-border mergers such as the Cross-Border Mergers Directive (‘CBMD’), as codified in Directive (EU) 2017/1132, and case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) has EU integration accelerated in this area.



The concluding conference will look at corporate mobility from different angles. Being able to rely on empirical data, a main topic for the conference, its speakers and participants will be to focus on the challenges and opportunities of corporate mobility in Europe. Such topic includes the examination of identifiable trends, reasons for such corporate mobility to take place and the impact of the applicable legal framework.

A second topic to be examined in the conference is corporate mobility from a national perspective, along with the evaluation of topics that, although important in the area of corporate mobility, have yet harmonized at EU level. To name only two of them: the importance of and reciprocity with the topic of international private law and the regulatory competition between EU/EEA Member States due the possibility for companies to move between countries.


09.30-10.15 Welcome & Registration
10.15-10.30 Opening by Mieke Olaerts (Professor - Maastricht University)
10.30-11.15 Introduction: Presentation of results from Corporate Mobility Study by Marcus Meyer (Assistant Professor - Maastricht University)

PANEL I: Corporate Mobility - Opportunity or Challenge
Moderator: Steef Bartman (Professor - Maastricht Univeristy, Leiden University)

  • Evelyn Regner (MEP - European Parliament) 
  • Susanne Knöfel (Deputy head of Unit Company Law - DG Justice - European Commission)
  • Isabelle Schömann (Confederal Secretary - ETUC)
  • Dirk Van Gerven (Partner - NautaDutilh, Chairman Supervisory Board - FSMA, CEPANI)
  • Catherine Cathiard (Director - Wildgen)
12.45-13.45 Lunch

PANEL II: Corporate Mobility from a national perspective
Moderator: Federico Mucciarelli (Reader - SOAS University of London)

  • Mathias Siems (Professor - Durham University, European University Institute)
  • Aline Hoffmann (Head of Unit Europeanisation Industrial Relations - European Trade Union Institute)
  • Thomas Papadopoulos (Assistant Professor - University of Cyprus, Visiting Professor - International Hellenic University)
  • Stephan Rammeloo (Associate Professor - Maastricht University)

Closing: The end of history of corporate mobility? by Thomas Biermeyer (Assistant Professor - Maastricht University, Senior Associate - Wildgen )

15.45-17.30 Reception



Maastricht University Campus Brussels
Avenue de Tervueren 153
1150 Brussels

How to get to the UM Campus Brussels:

  • Metro: from the Central station take the purple metro line 1 leading to Stockel (not line 5 to Herrmann-Debroux) and get off at ‘Montgomery’. Take exit ‘Boulevard de Saint-Michel / Avenue de Tervueren 1-171 and then turn right. The UM Campus Brussels will be after 30 meters on your left hand.
  • Brussels Airport: take bus 12 or bus 21 that both cover the area between Brussels Airport and the city center. In both cases get off at ‘Diamant’ and take the tram line 23 or 24 both in the direction of ‘Vanderkindere’ or take line 25 in the direction of Boondaal Station. Get off at ‘Montgomery’. Take exit ‘Boulevard de Saint-Michel / Avenue de Tervueren 1-171 and then turn right. The UM Campus Brussels will be after 30 meters on your left hand.

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