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James Fidler concentrates his practice on complex multijurisdictional civil litigation and investigations, with a particular focus on fraud, asset tracing, and judgment/award enforcement. James has twice been recognized as a "Rising Star" in The Legal 500 for civil fraud, which identifies him as "just phenomenal" and says he is "a shrewd lawyer with a keen eye for detail and excellent judgment."

His recent experience includes: acting for an international bank in a major investigation of serious regulatory compliance breaches; assisting victims of one of the largest Ponzi schemes in history to investigate the fraud and develop civil and criminal strategies to pursue the perpetrators; enforcing arbitral awards on behalf of a large multinational against award debtor assets in multiple jurisdictions, which has included obtaining worldwide freezing orders and receivership orders; acting for an Emirati bank in decade-long proceedings to enforce a large judgment against a prominent Emirati family, which has included fresh proceedings against several defendants for assisting judgment debtors to evade enforcement; 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$330 million proceedings against former executives for various dishonesty-based claims; and representing the Bin Mahfouz family in its asset tracing investigation against Muhaned El-Rashid, in which worldwide freezing orders, search orders, and disclosure orders were obtained.


  • CBD succeeds in contempt proceedings against Al Sari family and related companiesJones Day represented the Commercial Bank of Dubai (the "Bank") in successful contempt proceedings brought against members of the Al Sari family, a wealthy Emirati family operating in the oil and energy industries, and related companies for breaches of a worldwide freezing order ("WFO").
  • CBD defeats jurisdiction challenges made by Al Sari family and related companies in relation to conspiracy proceedingsJones Day represented the Commercial Bank of Dubai (the "Bank") in defeating Part 11 challenges to the jurisdiction of the English Court.
  • CBD obtains possession of luxury London apartment in successful enforcement proceedings against Al Sari familyJones Day successfully represented subsidiaries of the Commercial Bank of Dubai (the "Bank") in possession proceedings brought against IGPL General Trading LLC and persons connected with the Al Sari family, a wealthy Emirati family operating in the oil and energy industries, in which the Bank obtained possession of a multi-million pound luxury apartment in London, 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.