Laura Lehoczky-Deckers focuses on all aspects of German and EU law with a particular emphasis on regulatory law.

Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis, Laura was junior partner in a boutique law firm based in Düsseldorf, Germany, focusing on private litigation. She was also a legal clerk for the Regional Court in Düsseldorf.

Laura also gained valuable experience as a legal intern with several German law firms, as a trainee at the European Commission, Brussels, and at the Permanent Mission to the Office of the United Nations, Geneva.


German, Hungarian, English, French, Spanish, Dutch


  • Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf, Second State Examination in Law, 2015
  • Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, First State Examination in Law, 2013
  • Specialization in European and International Law, 2011
  • Université de Paris – Nanterre, Diplôme d’Etudes Juridiques Françaises, 2009
  • Additional Study Program "Anglo-American Law", Introduction to French and Spanish Law, 2008


Regular contributor to the monthly competition law newsletter, VBB on Competition Law and several environmental and regulatory updates.

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    • 08/01/2021
    • Articles

    German Government prohibits Chinese acquisition under foreign direct investment rules

    On 2 December 2020, the German Government prohibited on public security grounds the sale of the German Institut für Mobil- und Satellitenfunktechnik (“IMST”), a specialist in satellite and communications technologies, to Addsino, a subsidiary of State-owned defence group China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp (“CASIC”). This is only the second time that the German Government has decided to prohibit a transaction on the basis of the Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance, and is technically the first prohibition to take effect as the first transaction had been abandoned once it became clear that the prohibition was imminent.

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