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Svetlana Yakovleva is a Senior Associate in Privacy, Data and Cybersecurity practice at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek (De Brauw) in their Amsterdam office and a fellow at the Institute for Information Law (IViR) of the University of Amsterdam. She also serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Legal Issues of Economic Integration.


Svetlana assists clients on European and global data protection and data governance issues in complex international matters handled by De Brauw.  She is recognised for her in-depth legal expertise, combined with attention to detail and holistic thinking. Her academic research cut across different areas of law, such as privacy and data protection, European law, and international trade law, with a particular focus on data governance. Svetlana's book Governing Cross-Border Data Flows: Reconciling EU Data Protection and International Trade Law, forthcoming with Oxford University Press in March 2024, combines the very different perspectives of international trade and EU data protection law and applied them together to cross-border data flows. 


Svetlana regularly speaks at international conferences in Europe and the United States, such as Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (Brussels) and Privacy Law Scholars Conference (USA).  She gave public lectures at Vanderbilt University (USA) and at the Law and Technology Center of the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law. Her academic work has been published in peer-reviewed and edited journals in Europe and the United States, such as Common Market Law Review, World Trade Review and University of Miami Law Review. Click here for a full list of publications.


Svetlana holds a PhD in law (cum laude) from the University of Amsterdam. She received a degree in law (with distinction) from the National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow) in 2005, an LL.M in Law and Economics (EMLE) from the Erasmus University, Rotterdam and the University of Hamburg in 2007, and a research master in Information Law from the IViR in 2016. During her research master studies Svetlana spent a semester at New York University School of Law.


Between 2007 and 2014, Svetlana worked as a consultant for the Moscow office of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, as independent legal counsel and as sole corporate legal counsel and compliance officer for Allianz Global Assistance Russia. 

Svetlana is fluent in English and Russian, and has working knowledge of French, Dutch and German. 

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