Sofia is an Associate Director in FRA’s forensic accounting team with almost 15 years of experience in internal and external audit, compliance, accounting matters and forensic accounting. Her expertise includes asset misappropriation, accounting fraud, compliance, internal control assessments, third-party due diligence, anti-money laundering assessments and investigations for clients primarily in the Financial Services Sector across Europe and Africa.
Sofia has provided forensic accounting support in a variety of projects, including in a major European financial institution’s anti-money laundering review and transactions monitoring review, in an asset misappropriation and accounting fraud assessment in the fishing sector, and in a fraud investigation in the petrochemical sector company, both with significant global presence.
Prior to joining FRA, Sofia worked at two big four accounting firms, KPMG and EY, in their audit practices in the UK and Portugal. She managed a portfolio of clients, which included large multinational companies of PSI20 and FTSE MIB, mainly in the Financial Services sector based in Europe and Africa. Her experience includes conducting external audits, due diligences, surveys of internal controls and business processes, Solvency II implementation and reporting to regulators, and credit impairment analysis and regulatory reporting. She has also prepared and delivered training programs.
Sofia has vast expertise in the Banking, Insurance Sector (Life and Non-life) and Asset Management (Pension Funds, Real Estate Funds, and Investment Funds), and is knowledgeable in assessing key business processes, risks and internal controls.
She has also worked in the Internal Audit Department of an Insurance Company, where her experience involved the restructuring of the internal audit function.
Sofia earned a degree in Management at the Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo in Portugal.