James Searby is a distinguished practitioner who stands out for his impressive handling of business, damages and contract valuations.
James Searby is a senior managing director in FTI Consulting's economic and financial consulting practice, specialising in the assessment of quantum issues in contentious matters, in both litigations in national courts and international arbitrations. Mr Searby has given both written and oral testimony in both national courts and arbitrations governed by a variety of institutional rules.
Mr Searby's primary expertise is in the field of valuation, whether of businesses, contracts, damages, intellectual property or financial assets. From 2011 to 2015, he led FTI Consulting's international arbitration practice in the Asia-Pacific region. In 2015, Mr Searby moved to Washington, DC, to lead FTI Consulting's international arbitration practice there.
Mr Searby has a broad range of experience in the assessment of complex damages in high-value international arbitration and litigation cases in matters involving, inter alia, alleged expropriation, breach of contract, patent infringement and shareholder disputes.
The range of Mr Searby's industry experience encompasses telecommunications, oil and gas, chemicals, tobacco, infrastructure, health care, media, life insurance, retailing and banking. He has worked in EMEA, North America and the Asia-Pacific region for governments, companies and individuals, whether as claimants or respondents on matters ranging in value from less than US$1 million to more than US$2 billion.
James has acted as instructor at the master's degree in international dispute settlement programme at the University of Geneva, and as an expert witness at training workshops organised by the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA).
Mr Searby holds an MA in modern history and economics from the University of Oxford, and a master's degree in business administration from Imperial College at the University of London. He is a CFA charterholder.