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- B.A., Philosophy, Politics, Economics, Oxford University
- M.A., Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
- CFA® Charterholder
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James Nicholson leads FTI Consulting's Economic & Financial Consulting practice in Asia, and co-ordinates the firm’s International Arbitration practice globally. James previously founded and led for 12 years FTI Consulting's 25-strong Paris disputes team. James is a CFA charterholder, and holds degrees in economics and public policy. James has 25+ years’ experience as a consultant on matters of finance, strategy, and economics; since 2005, his work has primarily involved issues of the identification and valuation of lost profits, and the valuation of businesses, financial assets including shareholdings, and other assets, and of wasted costs. James is President of the Standing Committee of the ICC’s International Centre for ADR, which advises the Centre in the application of the ICC’s Expert Rules.
James has since 2015 been identified by Who’s Who Legal as one of the five-ten ‘Most Highly Regarded Individuals’ and ‘Global Elite Thought Leaders’ in Europe in its listings of the leading expert witnesses active in international arbitration. In Arbitration 2019, Who’s Who Legal wrote: “The ‘superb’ James Nicholson ranks as an elite arbitration expert witness. Peers and clients impart that ‘his forensic valuation skills are second to none’, and note that he has ‘a calm manner under pressure’.”
James has testified 30+ times before commercial and investment treaty tribunals. Parallel ICC and CRCICA tribunals recently awarded a claimant a total $1.3bn based on the damages testimony of James and a colleague.
James has recently acted as expert for separate claimants in the media and energy sectors seeking damages greater than $1bn, worked with a respondent in the consumer goods industry facing similarly-sized claims, and supported a MENA-region government in a $bn+ telecoms acquisition, among other matters.