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James Fidler practices commercial litigation with a particular focus on civil fraud, asset tracing, and injunctive relief. He frequently acts for both corporations and high net worth individuals in multijurisdictional disputes including English High Court proceedings, offshore proceedings, and arbitrations conducted under London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) rules.

His recent experience includes advising: a listed company in relation to a very significant fraud involving approximately 30 jurisdictions; Arcadia Petroleum on their US$300m claim against former directors for various dishonesty-based claims; the Bin Mahfouz family on its US$50m asset tracing investigation against Muhaned El-Rashid, in which worldwide freezing orders, search orders, and asset disclosure orders were obtained; an Emirati bank in an action brought in aid of foreign proceedings in which worldwide freezing orders were obtained in the United Kingdom and against Chabra defendants in the British Virgin Islands (BVI); a prominent Saudi businessman in relation to fraud proceedings and a freezing order brought against him in the United Kingdom; a multijurisdictional dispute in relation to a joint venture for the redevelopment of a Caribbean island; BVI liquidators of a large limited partnership in relation to its dissolution and corollary litigation; and various defamation and intellectual property claims.


  • Publicly listed company pursues claims relating to multi-jurisdictional fraud arising from AsiaJones Day is acting for a large publicly listed company in relation to a significant multi-jurisdictional fraud arising out of one of its manufacturing plants in Asia.
  • Kazakh bank pursues US$30 million fraud claims in England and WalesJones Day acts for a Kazakh bank in tracing assets and pursuing claims in England and Wales arising out of a significant fraud perpetrated against the bank valued at approximately US$30 million.
  • Crude oil trading company brings fraud action in Switzerland against former directorsJones Day represents a regulated crude oil trading company in connection with ongoing fraud proceedings brought by it in Switzerland against a number of its former directors.
  • Arcadia Petroleum pursues fraud proceedings against former directorsJones Day represents Arcadia Petroleum Limited, a regulated crude oil trading company based in London (and other companies of its corporate group), in connection with ongoing High Court fraud proceedings brought by the Arcadia Group against a number of its former directors and associated companies.
  • Sheikh Abdulrahman Khalid bin Mahfouz secures committal order in culmination of €35 million asset tracing litigationJones Day successfully represented Sheikh Abdulrahman Khalid bin Mahfouz and his family in proceedings against Mr. Muhaned Farid Mahmoud El-Rashid.
  • Investment manager bids for portfolio of Dutch commercial real estate loansJones Day advised an investment manager on its bid for a portfolio of non-performing multiborrower (all German funds) Dutch law loans secured by Dutch commercial real estate being sold by FGH Bank N.V.
  • Paperlinx sells off its business and assetsJones Day is advising Matthew Smith and Neville Kahn of Deloitte LLP in their capacity as joint administrators of various UK Paperlinx companies.
  • Whitgift Centre Croydon sold to Westfield/Hammerson joint ventureJones Day advised FTI Consulting LLP on their appointment as receivers over the Whitgift Centre in Croydon and on its subsequent sale to a Westfield/Hammerson joint venture for an undisclosed sum.