Ekaterina (Katya) Hazard is an associate managing director at K2 Integrity. She works closely with a wide range of multinational, regional, and startup corporate clients to develop or enhance risk-based sanctions policies and procedures, identify compliance gaps and recommend remedial measures, and conduct sanctions-related risk assessments to help clients better manage their risk exposure. In addition, she advises clients on complex sanctions-related issues that may arise as part of day-to-day operations. Katya also specializes in internal investigations and due diligence reviews in the mergers and acquisitions or investment context. Her key focus is on financial institutions and digital payment service providers, as well as on companies active in all aspects of global trade, ranging from global logistics to shipping companies.
Prior to joining K2 Integrity, Katya was a senior associate at Clifford Chance, where, over the course of nearly a decade, she advised numerous clients on compliance with all aspects of trade-related regulations, such as Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions and anti-corruption, anti-money laundering (AML), and anti-boycott laws. She led numerous cross-border investigations of multinational businesses for alleged violations of these regulations, summarizing findings in internal reports as well as voluntary disclosures to various U.S. regulators. Katya also regularly conducted large-scale sanctions-driven due diligence reviews for syndicated lending, IPOs, and mergers and acquisitions. During her time at Clifford Chance, she was first seconded to a major financial institution and then to a top global technology company, assisting them in developing sanctions-related compliance practices and training relevant staff.
A native Russian, Katya uses her bilingual skills in all aspects of her practice. Katya received her J.D., with the highest distinction, from Cleveland Marshall College of Law. She also received an LL.M. in securities and financial regulation from the Georgetown University Law Center. She is admitted to practice in Washington, D.C.