John Ellison is applauded for his “independence”, “unshakeable poise” and “real gravity before tribunals”, along with the “depth of his subject-matter knowledge and analytical acumen, which is second to none".
John Ellison is a senior managing director at FTI Consulting.
John has 25 years’ experience as a partner at KPMG, latterly as a senior partner and for 13 years as chairman of its forensic department. He has testified orally and been cross-examined as an expert witness on over 50 occasions in 12 jurisdictions, including the UK, Sweden, France, Austria, the UAE, Hong Kong, the USA and Singapore. He has been instructed as an expert in over 200 cases, including 25 investor-state disputes. John has been instructed in matters in the English High Court, and the VAT and Duties Tribunal; and in investor-state and commercial arbitrations under ICSID, UNCITRAL, LCIA, ICC, SIAC, CIETAC, SCC and other rules. He has also testified before juries in libel and criminal cases.
John also sits as an arbitrator and an independent expert to determine disputes, particularly those arising from valuations or sale and purchase agreements. He has been nominated as an arbitrator under the auspices of the London Court of International Arbitration; the American Arbitration Association; the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce; the DIFC/LCIA in Dubai; and the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce; and as an independent expert by the President of the ICAEW. These have included appointments as chair of a three-person AAA tribunal in Cayman, and as LCIA sole arbitrator.
John has been recommended by WWL: Arbitration and Global Arbitration Review.
John works across a wide range of industries. With an audit and then corporate finance background (including four IPOs and two privatisations), he has testified in many industries.