School of Law

Dennis Cardinaels

LLM International Business Law | 2015 - 16

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Please tell us a bit about yourself, your background etc?

I studied Law at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. I was influenced by my parents being self-employed, so I wanted to gain more knowledge about Commercial and Corporate law. I focused on Economic Law during my initial masters and continued with an advanced masters in Corporate Law.

What made you want to apply to your course and to Leeds?

I wanted to gain more insight in the way companies and businesses operate from an English and International point of view. The University of Leeds reputation, and the chance to study Corporate Finance, Insolvency, and Secured Transactions Law in one program, convinced me I wanted to study here.

What is it that makes you passionate about your area of study?

A good business climate where companies operate well is one of the major cornerstones of a modern and developed world. Everyone who is engaged in the area of international business law will ask questions like: How do you prevent insolvency? How do we regulate the market? How do we make directors accountable? Being able to sustain and help companies, directors and market participants is what gives me a lot of strength to study this area.

What do you think of your course so far – what aspects of the course have you enjoyed the most or are looking forward to the most?

This course is really related to what I’ve previously studied e.g. in Corporate Finance you focus on ways how shareholders can finance their company through equity-based solutions whereas in International Banking Law one focuses more on debt finance. The modules really enhance your critical analysis and commercial awareness. They all provide detailed analysis of different problems every practitioner will face in the business world, which really improves your legal and commercial insight.

What would you say about the learning facilities in the School and at the University in general?

The University really tries to provide a stimulating academic structure. There are many very good libraries and, in the School of Law, a postgraduate common room where students can prepare any group work. The professors are always there to provide help and the University provides many modern tools and apps to enhance your learning abilities. The wide range of conferences and talks at the School of Law and other schools are very useful for students who want to engage even more with their area of study.

What would you say about Leeds as a city?

Leeds is a beautiful city to live in. Although it is the second biggest city in the UK, with a vibrant centre of attractive institutions, law firms, and accounting bodies, it still gives a compact and warm feeling. There are many restaurants, bars, pubs and places to go out as a student. What makes it an even better location to live in is that you have access to many other major cities in the UK.

What do you like to do outside of studying?

Every culture is represented in the Leeds University Union. There are several sport and subject specific societies. I’m part of the Leeds Law Postgraduate society where I organise social activities. I often go out in order to have a drink with friends and classmates with several cultural activities.

What would you say to anyone thinking of applying to your course?

I would definitely recommend the School of Law: not only will you gain a lot of additional knowledge but you will become part of a thriving society where you’ll meet well-known academic who are really experienced in the subject area.

The University is well-ranked in all the rankings proving it is one of the best English universities and their commitment to become even better is very laudable and engaging. Studying at Leeds will definitely be very enjoyable and will without any doubt have a positive impact on your CV.

What do you plan to do once you’ve finished your course?

I’ll become a Corporate and Insolvency Lawyer in Belgium although writing a PhD would also be in my area of interest.

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