Svetlana Yakovleva

Senior Associate


Svetlana assists clients on European and global data protection and data governance issues in complex international matters handled by De Brauw's privacy, data & cybersecurity team. She is recognised for her in-depth legal expertise, combined with her attention to detail and holistic thinking.

During her first six years at De Brauw, Svetlana worked as a senior legal adviser in the privacy, data & cybersecurity group, combining legal practice with academic research. Svetlana has published extensively on governance of cross-border data flows from international trade and data protection law perspectives. Her publications are regularly cited by globally recognised experts, international organisations and European institutions. Svetlana has also taught international data protection law as an adjunct professor at Cardozo School of Law in New York. In 2021, Svetlana obtained a PhD (cum laude) from the University of Amsterdam. Svetlana's new book titled "Governing Cross-Border Data Flows: Reconciling EU Data Protection and International Trade Law" will be published by Oxford University Press in 2023/24.

Before joining De Brauw, Svetlana worked for the Moscow office of Debevoise & Plimpton; for a Russian law firm she co-founded; and for Allianz Global Assistance Russia.


  • Languages

    English, Russian, Dutch, French, German

  • Education

    University of Amsterdam (cum laude PhD in law, research LL.M. in information law)

    Erasmus University, Rotterdam and University of Hamburg (European Master in Law and Economics, LL.M.)

    National Research University Higher School of Economics (five years' law degree )

  • Additional positions

    Member of the Editorial Board of Legal Issues of Economic Integration

    Fellow at the Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam