James Nicholson is a senior managing director in the Paris office of FTI Consulting and a member of the firm’s International Arbitration practice. Since 1996 James has focused on finding practical solutions and providing independent expertise in relation to complex unstructured problems in valuation, economics, finance, and business strategy, in contentious and other contexts.
James has testified before commercial and investment treaty tribunals on 13 occasions. An ICC tribunal recently awarded a claimant more than $500m based on the damages testimony of James and a colleague. James is currently expert for separate claimants in the media and energy sectors seeking damages greater than $1bn in, is working with a respondent facing similarly-sized claims, and supported a MENA-region government in a $bn+ telecoms acquisition, among other matters.
His work primarily involves 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 has been listed since its inception in 2010 by The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration as one of the leading experts, worldwide and across all areas of expertise, active in commercial arbitration, which has described him as “first class” and “outstanding”. In 2015, 17 FTI Consulting experts were among the 123 identified: significantly more than any other firm; and 14 more at FTI group company Compass Lexecon.
James is President of the Standing Committee that advises and assists the ICC’s Centre for ADR 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 with a number of individual law firms.
Much of James’ current work relates to the MENA region. In addition, he has acted as expert or been closely involved in matters involving the governments of Algeria, the Congo, Egypt, Georgia, Hungary, Iraq, Iran, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tanzania, the UK and the US, and has worked on commercial matters involving parties based throughout EMEA, Central Asia, and the Americas.
James relocated to Paris from London in 2007. Between 1996 and 2003 James worked as a consultant for a blue chip strategy consulting firm. From 2007 to 2012 James was a non-executive Director of F&C Zircon, a hedge fund managed by F&C Asset Management, a leading UK-based investment management group.
The CFA Institute has awarded James the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. James holds a Master in Public Policy degree 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.