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James Fidler concentrates his practice on complex multijurisdictional civil litigation, with a predominant focus on fraud, asset tracing, and judgment enforcement. James is recognized as a "Rising Star" in The Legal 500 (2023) for civil fraud, which identifies him as "one to watch" and says: "he is very clever, has fantastic attention to detail, is extremely diligent and hardworking," "responsive and considered," and "pragmatic in finding solutions often under intense time pressure."

His recent experience includes: preparing and implementing a recovery strategy for a listed company in the wake of a very significant fraud spanning approximately 30 jurisdictions, which involved obtaining search orders and freezing orders in courts throughout Asia and Europe, and which has resulted in the recovery of the majority of misappropriated funds; advising Arcadia Petroleum in US$330m proceedings against former executives for various dishonesty-based claims; acting for a Middle Eastern bank in English proceedings to enforce a substantial foreign judgment against assets worldwide, and to pursue claims related to the debtors' attempts to evade execution of that judgment; representing the Bin Mahfouz family on its US$50m asset tracing investigation against Muhaned El-Rashid, in which worldwide freezing orders, search orders, and disclosure orders were obtained; acting for an Emirati bank in an action brought in aid of foreign proceedings in which worldwide freezing orders were obtained in England and against Chabra defendants in the British Virgin Islands (BVI); and representing a prominent Saudi businessman in relation to fraud proceedings and a freezing order brought against him in England.


  • 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.