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Thought Leader

Thought Leaders - Arbitration Expert Witnesses 2020
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

Peers and clients say

"James is an open-minded, creative and intelligent expert"
"He remains calm and collected under cross-examination and comes across as extremely reasonable"
"He's able to focus on the key issues from the outset"
"Mr Nicholson aligns damages theory to factual and legal arguments flawlessly"
"He is well-read and very thoughtful in his approach"


James Nicholson is a CFA Charterholder with 25-plus 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 and other assets (including shareholdings), and wasted costs. In 2019 he moved to Singapore to continue his expert witness career and head up FTI’s 50-strong valuation-oriented disputes team in Asia, after 12 years leading FTI’s Paris disputes team.

James has testified before commercial and investment treaty tribunals on over 35 occasions. Parallel ICC and CRCICA tribunals recently awarded a claimant a total of $1.3 billion based on the damages testimony of James and a colleague. James has worked extensively on matters involving the MENA region as well as Europe and Asia.

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, and a member of the executive committee of the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA).

James holds a master's degree in public policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, where he was a Fulbright scholar and focused his studies on business, government, and finance. James was awarded first-class honours in his BA from Oxford University in philosophy, politics and economics.

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