James Nicholson is a senior managing director at FTI Consulting based in the Paris office. He is a member of the firm’s International Arbitration practice and since 1996 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.
Mr. Nicholson has testified before ICSID and ICC tribunals on behalf of claimants and respondents across a wide range of industries and issues. An ICC tribunal recently awarded a claimant more than $500m based on the damages testimony of Mr. Nicholson and a colleague. Mr. Nicholson is currently acting as expert for separate claimants in the media and energy sectors seeking damages greater than $1bn, is working with a respondent facing claims of a similar level, and is supporting a north African government in a multi-$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.
Mr. Nicholson 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 “outstanding” and “highly proficient”. In 2014, 17 FTI Consulting experts were among the 103 identified: significantly more than any other firm; and a further 11 at FTI Consulting group company Compass Lexecon.
Mr. Nicholson is Chairman of the Standing Committee of the ICC’s Centre for Expertise. Mr. Nicholson 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 Mr. Nicholson’s 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, Iran, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Pakistan, the UK and the US, and has worked on commercial matters involving parties based throughout EMEA, Central Asia, and the Americas.
Mr Nicholson relocated to Paris from London in 2007. Between 1996 and 2003 Mr. Nicholson worked as a consultant for a blue chip strategy consulting firm. From 2007 to 2012 Mr Nicholson 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 Mr. Nicholson the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Mr. Nicholson 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. Mr. Nicholson was awarded first class honours in his BA from Oxford University in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.