Ms Natasha Kohne > Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP > Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates > Lawyer Profile

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
United Arab Emirates
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Work Department

Partner; Litigation; Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Protection


Natasha Kohne serves as co-partner in charge of the Abu Dhabi office and is a co-leader of the cybersecurity, privacy and data protection practice. She also has a cutting-edge international legal practice that focuses on investigations, litigation, regulatory and compliance, often involving complex multi-jurisdictional and cross-border challenges.  Her clients include global financial services institutions, sovereign wealth and government-backed vehicles, private equity and hedge fund managers, and other multinational conglomerates in retail, health, energy and technology. Ms. Kohne represents entities and individuals in U.S., international and cross-border litigation, arbitration and investigations across a wide variety of industries. She has also served as an international arbitrator and has extensive experience in government and regulatory investigations and in complex commercial disputes before an array of courts and international tribunals in the Middle East, Europe and North America. More generally, she is regularly engaged in disputes, risk management, compliance and corporate advisory work on behalf of public entities, multinational clients, high-net-worth individuals/family offices and private companies. To learn more about Ms. Kohne, please visit her full profile:


Ms. Kohne was promoted to partner in November 2008. She is involved in numerous community and civic activities, including formerly serving on the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce of Abu Dhabi (AmCham), and active involvement in U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council efforts, including speaking and supporting seminars about U.S.-U.A.E. business relations. Ms. Kohne is a member of the Bar of the States of New York and California.


Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) with the International Association of Privacy Professionals.


J.D., Harvard Law School, cum laude, 2000.

B.A., Columbia University, summa cum laude, 1996.

Lawyer Rankings

United Arab Emirates > Dispute resolution: compliance and investigations

Mac Fadlallah in Dubai and Natasha Kohne in Abu Dhabi are the key names in an Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP team that advises on sanctions, export controls and anti-corruption measures, and internal investigations relating to those issues, with a strong focus on matters involving US law and regulations. Johann Strauss is a key senior associate.

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has particular strength in advisory matters relating to the CCPA, data breaches, FTC investigations, data issues linked to M&A and cybersecurity compliance frameworks. Of note, the team recently defended Vizio in a class action suit relating to the Video Privacy Protection Act, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and various other consumer-based statutes. The team is also experienced in legal matters relating to smart cities, the Internet-of-things and sharing platforms. Contacts include joint practice heads Natasha Kohne and Michelle Reed, and Jo-Ellyn Sakowitz Klein, the name to note for issues affecting the health sector.