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James Searby

James Searby

  • Senior Managing Director
  • Economic Consulting
  • T: +1 202 312 9120
  • F: +1 202 312 9101
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    • 555 12th Street, NW
    • Suite 700
    • Washington, DC, 20004
    • United States
    • T: +1 202 312 9100
    • F: +1 202 312 9101

James Searby is a Senior Managing Director in the Economic and Financial Consulting practice specializing in the assessment of quantum issues in contentious matters, in both litigations in national courts and international arbitrations. James’s primary expertise is in the field of valuation, whether of businesses, contracts, damages, intellectual property or financial assets.

From 2011 to early 2015, he led FTI Consulting’s International Arbitration practice in the Asia Pacific region, where he has given evidence more than 10 times before both Courts and arbitral tribunals. In 2015, James moved to Washington DC to lead the International Arbitration practice there.

James 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 James's industry experience encompasses telecoms, oil and gas, chemicals, tobacco, infrastructure, healthcare, 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 $1m to more than $2bn.

James has a strong interest in the technical aspects of valuation, such as the appropriate treatment of beta calculations, country risks, marketability restrictions, trading block size or currency risks.

James is an Editor-in-Chief of the Journal for Damages in International Arbitration. He has acted as instructor at the Masters in International Dispute Settlement program at the University of Geneva, and as an expert witness at training workshops organized by the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA).

James holds an MBA from Imperial College at the University of London and a BA in Modern History and Economics from the University of Oxford. He has been awarded Charterholder status by the CFA Institute.

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