Natascha Gerlach’s practice focuses on electronic discovery and European data protection law.

Since 2009, Natascha has been managing the European Practice Support Department from our Brussels office, supporting the growing e-discovery needs of all European offices across all practice groups. Her team specializes in advising on the collection and systematic investigation and production of data throughout the life cycle of investigations, for litigation and arbitration, or in the M&A space for all European offices of Cleary Gottlieb.

Natascha also advises clients on dawn raid proceedings and focuses on all aspects of  data privacy issues.

Natascha joined the firm in 2008 in our Washington, D.C., office and became a senior attorney in 2015.

Selected Activities

  • Member, Advisory Board, Georgetown Law Advanced eDiscovery Institute 
  • Member, Steering Committee, ABA Cross-Border Conference, Munich 2017

  • Vice-Chair, The Sedona Conference WG 6, as of October 2016
  • Co-chair, Cleary Gottlieb European Data Privacy Group
  • Regularly publishes and speaks on panels on data protection, including at the CPDP in Brussels, LegalTech, The Sedona Conference International Program, Georgetown Law Advanced eDiscovery Insitute and the ABA National Institute on E-Discovery
  • Member, Sedona Conference WG 6 on International Electronic Information Management, Discovery and Disclosure
  • Co-chair, Sedona WG 6 EU Developments Business Committee
  • Member, Sedona WG 6 Steering Committee, since June 2016


  • “Legal Holds and the GDPR: Practical Advice” (co-author with Taylor Hoffmann), Bloomberg Law, February 22, 2019.
  • “Managing Cross-Border Data Privacy Compliance,” R&C Journal, Jan-Mar 2018

  • “Privacy in M&A Transactions: Navigating the Traps,” Daniel Ilan, Jane Rosen, Emmanuel Ronco and Natascha Gerlach, Cleary M&A and Corporate Governance Watch, October 24, 2016
  • “Is there life after [Safe Harbor’s] death?” Sedona WG6 EU Developments News Flash, October 1, 2015
  • Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated’: The European Advocate General’s opinion on data transfers under Safe Harbor,” Sedona WG6 EU Developments News Flash, October 1, 2015
  • “Russia’s Proposed Data Localization Law: Digital Sovereignty Is the New Black,” Sedona WG6 EU Developments News Flash, July 22, 2015
  • “Into the Unknown—The proposed EU General Data Protection Regulation and its Potential Effect on Transborder Data Flows,” Bloomberg BNA, 2015
  • “Storm Clouds Gathering for Cross-Border Discovery and Data Privacy: Cloud Computing meets the U.S.A. Patriot Act,” The Sedona Conference Journal® - Volume 13, September 2012
  • “Regulating The Internet—A Futile Effort? The Case of Privacy in a Comparative German-Canadian Study,” Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, 1999
  • “Die Ehe im Presserecht,” Medienrecht im Wandel—Festschrift für Manfred Engelschall, Nomos, 1996 ’


January 14, 2019
The Sedona Conference Working Group 6

November 15, 2018
Georgetown Law 15th Annual eDiscovery Institute

October 1, 2018
The Sedona Conference Webinar on Achieving Compliance with the GDPR in U.S. Legal Proceedings

July 26, 2018
Second Annual ABA Cross-Border Discovery Institute: The Interplay between E.U. Data Protection and U.S. Discovery

June 18-19, 2018
The 10th Annual Sedona Conference International Programme on Cross-Border Data Transfers and Data Protection Laws

May 18, 2018
Faculty at the ABA 12th Annual National Institute on E-Discovery, Chicago

November 16-17, 2016
A New E.U. Framework: Internal Investigations, Discovery, and Data Protection Rules

November 16-17, 2016
Faculty at Georgetown Law Advanced eDiscovery Institute

November 11, 2016
Faculty at Georgetown Law Advanced eDiscovery Institute

June 7, 2016
Co-Chair of the 8th Annual Sedona Conference International Programme on Cross-Border Discovery and Data Protection Laws in Berlin

May 20, 2016
Faculty at the ABA Tenth Annual National Institute on E-Discovery, Chicago

November 12, 2015
The Sedona Conference Webinar: The Future of Safe Harbor: Where do cross-border eDiscovery and data transfers go from here?

May 20, 2015
The Sedona Conference Webinar: The Proposed European Union General Data Protection Regulation

May 15, 2015
Faculty at the ABA Ninth Annual National Institute on E-Discovery, New York

July 23, 2014
Faculty of the 6th Annual Sedona Conference London

July 17, 2014
ALM Virtual Corporate Counsel Forum webinar: The Snowden Effect – How the landscape of cross-border discovery may be impacted by recent events

February 1, 2012
LegalTech 2012 New York

January, 26, 2012
CPDP Conference: European Data Protection: Coming of Age