James Nicholson founded and leads FTI Consulting’s 20-strong Paris disputes team, co-ordinates the firm’s International Arbitration practice in the EMEA region, and is a member of the firm’s EMEA Leadership Team. 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 wasted costs.
He has testified before commercial and investment treaty tribunals on more than 25 occasions, including in a number of cases with more than US$1 billion in dispute. Parallel ICC and CRCICA tribunals recently awarded a claimant a total $1.3bn based on the damages testimony of James and a colleague.
James was identified by The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration as one of the few ‘Most Highly Regarded Individuals’ in Europe in its 2015 (5 identified), and 2016 and 2017 (10 identified) rankings of more than 160 expert witnesses active in commercial arbitration. Over the years this survey has described James as “the best-regarded” expert, “the most respected expert”, “first class”, and “outstanding”. James has been listed in this survey, and the related surveys published by Who’s Who Legal, since their inception in 2010.
James is president of the standing committee of the ICC’s International Centre for ADR, which advises the Centre on the application of the ICC’s Expert Rules.
The CFA Institute has awarded him the right to use the chartered financial analyst designation. James holds a master’s in public policy degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and was awarded first-class honours in his BA from Oxford University in philosophy, politics and economics.