Originally trained as a lawyer, Sophie Balaÿ quickly directed her interest towards financial crime investigation, particularly international money laundering networks, the location and restitution of criminal proceeds, as well as financial crime relating to the environment and cultural heritage.
Sophie coordinates a team of VIDOCQ analysts on major investigative and intelligence projects. Since joining VIDOCQ, Sophie has been involved in numerous complex investigation and intelligence files, including a major corruption case in the fishing sector in South West Africa, and suspicious real estate transactions which had been reported by a Canadian financial institution. She also assisted a law firm with the recovery of significant ill-gotten assets diverted from a foreign country.
Prior to joining VIDOCQ, Sophie was involved in the fight against counterfeiting and trafficking of cultural property, working at law firms in Paris, London and Shanghai. She was also involved in investigative journalism in Eastern Europe with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. In Sarajevo, Bucharest, and Moscow, Sophie developed her knowledge of organized crime, arms trafficking, corruption in the oil and gas industry, and money laundering in real estate. In particular, she carried out an investigation into the real estate investments of an East-European oligarch in the south of France.
Sophie earned a Master’s Degree in Intellectual Property Law, and is also a Certified Financial Crime Specialist (CFCS). In addition, she studied English and European law for a year at University College London (UCL) in England.
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