James Daniell
Senior Director
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12 years of experience conducting financial crime and internal investigations and AML / sanctions reviews
Extensive experience working across the Middle East
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James Daniell is a Senior Director with Alvarez & Marsal Disputes and Investigations in Dubai, with more than 10 years of experience in financial investigations and dispute advisory services.

His primary area of concentration is fraud and corruption reviews and asset recovery in the Middle East, Central Asia and other developing markets. He has worked with private and state clients across a range of industries, including banking and finance, industrial products, petrochemicals and professional services.

Mr. Daniell’s work often involves close collaboration with legal counsel, public prosecutors, law enforcement and other government bodies. He has worked in the Middle East (Bahrain and Dubai) for the past seven years. He has experience in assisting prosecuting authorities with criminal investigations and asset recovery, working with Mutual Legal Assistance bodies in the U.K., Switzerland, the Channel Islands, Australia and Liechtenstein. His experience has been pivotal in the recovery of embezzled funds from multiple jurisdictions.

Before joining A&M, Mr. Daniell spent nine years with Kroll, most recently serving as associate managing director leading their financial investigations team in Dubai.

Notable assignments include: advising the Central Bank of Afghanistan in the recovery of assets lost following a US$1 billion fraud at the country’s largest bank, investigating two banks used in a multi-billion dollar ponzi scheme in Saudi Arabia, working with the Bahrain Public Prosecution to unravel an international money laundering operation and investigating large scale procurement fraud at Bahrain’s aluminium plant which resulted in substantial recoveries from suppliers.

He began his career as a financial analyst with a private-client investment management firm in London, analyzing companies in the oil and gas sector, and small and medium-sized enterprises across Europe.

Mr. Daniell earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and Spanish from the University of Leeds. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of the U.K. He is a British national and fluent in Spanish.