James Nicholson is an “outstanding” expert witness who specialises on the quantification of damages and the valuation of businesses, shares and assets.
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 30 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' practice is global, but much of his recent work has involved parties from the MENA region and/or francophone countries.
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 is a frequent presenter at industry conferences, often presents to law firms on damages and expert issues, and has acted as an expert witness at advocacy workshops organised by the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA), the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and a number of individual law firms. 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.