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									                                        NICHOLAS J. WEIR

Office Address:
Chicago Partners (A Subsidiary of Navigant Consulting)
30 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 3100
Chicago, Illinois 60606
Telephone:     (312) 251-5939
Facsimile:     (312) 251-5201


            Principal and Director, Securities Practice, (March 1996 - present)

   B.A.       (Accounting, Business Administration), College of St. Thomas (currently the University
              of St. Thomas), St. Paul, MN, 1978
   M.A.       (Economics & Finance); Webster University, Geneva, Switzerland, 1985 including course
              work in international finance
   Financial Management, Policies & Practices, an Executive Program at the University of Pennsylvania,
   Wharton School.


CHICAGO PARNTERS (A Subsidiary of Navigant Consulting)

       Nicholas J. Weir, Principal, currently serves as a Managing Director of the economics practice of
       Navigant Consulting, Inc. He specializes in securities, commodities, derivative investment
       products, risk management, and trading practices consulting. He also testifies as an expert in
       litigation matters. Prior to joining Chicago Partners, Mr. Weir was a Partner and managed an
       expert services group for eight years at Coopers & Lybrand. He was also a Trader and Trading
       Manager during his ten years with Cargill, Inc. He has appeared as an expert before forums of
       the Securities and Exchange Commission, The Commodity Futures Trading Commission, The
       New York Stock Exchange, The National Association of Securities Dealers, National Futures
       Association, The Chicago Board of Trade, The Chicago Mercantile Exchange, U.S. Bankruptcy
       Court, The American Arbitration Association, and in a number of Federal Court cases
       throughout the country. He has been registered and licensed with the NASD and the NFA and
       has passed the Series 7, 63 and 3 qualifying exams. He has served as an industry arbitrator for
       both, the National Futures Association and National Association of Securities Dealers as well as
       the American Arbitration Association. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the
       Futures Industry Association, Chicago Division. Mr. Weir has a B.A. in business, with an
       accounting major, and an M.A. in Economics and Finance.
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       PARTNER, (1993-1996)
       MANAGER, (1988 - 1993)

       Managed an Expert Services group providing consulting and litigation services in securities,
       commodities, foreign exchange, financial instruments and derivative product trading, investment, risk
       management and market analysis.

Trading Manager/Trader, (1978 - 1988)

       Mr. Weir has had multi-million dollar authority for trading and investment decisions involving physical
       commodities, options, futures, financial instruments, foreign exchange, equity and debt markets. He
       has traded and supervised public trading and investment activity, which involved physical commodity
       trading, and commodity futures trading with most principal commodity futures markets throughout the
       world. He has been involved in international trading and investment matters for over twenty years,
       including four years in Geneva, Switzerland. His responsibilities have included direct supervision of all
       account executives, introducing brokers and commodity trading advisors in Cargill Investor Services
       Regional Office in Chicago where he served as Trading Manager. Nick was also Trading Manager of the
       Portfolio Diversification Group, which managed complex funds and investments for the public. As
       Trading Manager of the Portfolio Diversification Group, Mr. Weir was responsible for the underwriting
       and syndication of hedge fund products. These responsibilities involved the due diligence and selection
       of Trading Managers and Investment Advisors, the oversight and management of all trading activity
       undertaken on behalf of the funds, and management of investor relationships with investors in the
       funds. Mr. Weir had additional responsibilities in connection with the accounting, administration and
       determination of Net Asset Valuation (NAV) for the funds and oversight of margin exposures, collateral
       arrangements and securities on deposit.

                                        Foreign Exchange                       Investments
Securities                              Financial Instruments                  Risk Management
Commodities                             Market Analysis
Derivative Product Trading


     Arbitrator:             National Association of Securities Dealers and National Futures Association
     Board of Directors:     Futures Industry Association - Chicago Division
     Member:                 Securities Industry Association Compliance and Legal Division
     Associate Member:       American Bar Association
     Speaker:                Controlling and Managing Derivative Risks for Corporate/Institutional End Users,
                             Essex House, New York. “A Look at Recent Problems with Derivative End Users,
                             Avoiding the Mistakes of the Past”
     Participant:            Securities Industry Association, Law & Compliance Seminar, 1990-2004
     Moderator:              American Conference Institute. Hedge Funds: Developing and Implementing
                             Compliance Best Practices in the New Regulatory Environment. “Financial
                             Reporting and Risk Management Best Practices”, 2005
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Testimonial and Consulting Experience:

      Mr. Weir has testified before forums of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Commodity Futures
      Trading Commission, National Association of Securities Dealers, National Futures Association, New
      York Stock Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange and in a variety of Federal
      Court Cases throughout the United States.

      He was responsible for the development of a system for use by one of the world’s largest stock
      exchanges to detect unusual trading patterns of member firms, evaluated the risk management

      exposure of major trading and investment firms, analyzed the risk exposure related to insurance
      coverage for risks associated with exchange traded investment products on behalf of one of the world’s
      largest insurance companies, functioned as a lead advisor to the foreign acquirer of a major U.S.
      Investment Bank and been responsible for the valuation of several trading and investment firms. He
      has been series 3, 7 and 63 registered and licensed.

      Mr. Weir has testified as an expert in the following matters either at deposition, trial or in regulatory

      American Express Financial Advisers Inc., vs. Richard Fury, Robert Sullivan, and Burnell Smith

      Wayne C. Metcalf, Ins. Commissioner of Hawaii, Liquidator of Investors Equity Life Ins Co of Hawaii;
      and Investor Equity Life Ins Co of Hawaii vs. ADM Investor Services.

      District Business Conduct Committee of the National Association of Securities Dealers (DBCC) v.
      Atlanta-One, Inc., Brian Moore and Craig Cunningham, et al.

      William Waters & Linda Bartholomew, individually and on behalf of all those similarly situated vs.
      International Precious Metals Corporation, Multivest, Inc., James Grosfeld, individually and as Trustee
      of the Jason Grosfeld Trust, Multivest Real Estate, Inc., S.S. Melbourne, Inc., and the Cypress Group,
      Inc., Miami, FL.

      Helier Corp. v. Daiwa Securities, Inc., U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, NY.

      Internationale Nederlanden (U.S.) Capital Corporation, v. Leslie Rosenthal, J. Robert Collins and
      Rosenthal Collins Group, L.P. Circuit Court of Cook County, Law Division, Chicago, IL.

      Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc. vs. Oppenheimer & Co., Inc. and David A. Melby.

      Marven Weiner v. William Blair & Co.

      The City of Houston Municipal Employee Pension System vs. Analytic Investment
      Advisors, Inc., U.S. District Court, Houston, TX.

      Harold Mitchell vs. Pioneer Commodities et al US. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago,

      In the matter of the bankruptcy hearing of Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Templeton, U.S. Bankruptcy Court,
      Northern District of Illinois, Chicago, IL.

      Carolyn Schiffels vs. Kemper Financial Services, Inc. regulatory hearings before the Securities and
      Exchange Commission and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, Washington, D.C.
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Testimonial and Consulting Experience: (con’t)

      In the matter of Ferruzzi, Finanzaria, Chicago Board of Trade Business Conduct Committee, Chicago,

      In the matter of Iowa Grain, Commodities Futures Trading Commission reparations hearing, Chicago,

      Maria Vogt vs. Prudential Bache Securities, Inc. National Association of Securities Dealers hearing,
      Chicago, IL.

      Carl Oles vs. Prudential Bache Securities, Inc., New York Stock Exchange hearing, Pittsburgh, PA.

      Glynwill Investments, N.V. vs. Shearson Lehman Hutton, Inc., New York State Court, New York, NY.

      Terje Nilsen vs. Prudential Bache Securities, Inc., New York Stock Exchange hearing, New York, NY.

      U.S. Trustee vs. G.I.C. Government Securities, Inc., U.S. District Court, Tampa, FL.

      R.T.C. vs. Scott Krantz and Stotler and Co., U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago, IL.

      R.T.C. vs. Shearson Lehman Bros., Inc., U.S. District Court, Lincoln, NE.

      Foote et al vs. Murlas Commodities, Inc., U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago, IL.

      Market Street Partners vs. Prudential Bache Securities, AAA arbitration, Philadelphia, PA.

      Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Dennis vs. Ruffnacht Bromegan & Herz et al. AAA arbitration, Chicago, IL.

      U.S. Trustee (Steven Scholes) vs. Rosenthal & Schanfield et al, U.S. District Court, Northern District of
      Illinois, Chicago, IL.

      Keith L. Kaufman vs. Chicago Corporation, National Association of Securities Dealers, Detroit, MI.

      In the matter of Roger Kallstrom, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago, IL.

      Hammer Trading vs. Rodman & Renshaw, Chicago Mercantile Exchange hearing.

      Euler vs. Balzano, National Futures Association hearing.

      In the matter of Lehman Brothers Commercial Corporation and Lehman Brothers Special Financing,
      Inc., vs. Minmetals International Non-Ferrous Metals Trading Company and China National Metals and
      Minerals Import and Export Corporation, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York.

      In the matter of Donna Owens, Director, Ohio Department of Finance and Thomas E. Geyer,
      Commissioner, Ohio Division of Securities vs. Options Trading Group, Inc., in the Court of Common
      Pleas, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

      In the matter of Henryk de Kwiatkowski vs. Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., Bear, Stearns Securities Corp.,
      Bear, Stearns Forex Inc., and Albert J. Sabini

      In the matter of Arauca Trading vs. First Options of Chicago, Inc.
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Testimonial and Consulting Experience: (con’t)

      In the matter of R.J. O'Brien & Associates vs. Ronald Forman

      AIA Holdings, S.A., et. al. v. Lehman Brothers, Inc. and Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc.

      H&R Block Financial Advisors Inc. v. Dominic Sewik, Jeffry Johnson, Trenton Marsh,
      Thomas Boone and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co.

      William Gee v. William D. Levin, Goldman Sachs, et al.; NASD Arbitration

      Karlin Investment Corp. and Evenstone Ltd. v. Prudential Securities, Inc.; NASD Arbitration

      Marianne A. Tucker v. Salomon Smith Barney, Inc.; NY Stock Exchange Arbitration

      Global Market Strategies International, Inc. v. Meyer Capital Management, Inc.; NFA Arbitration

      Patti G. Perdue, et al. v. Citigroup Global Markets, Inc., et al.; NASD Arbitration

      Securities and Exchange Commission v. Currency Trading International Inc., Brian R. Moore, Craig A.
      Cunningham, Craig Wiginton, James R. Kelsal, Christian J. Weber and Robert Shante Jones.

      Issued reports in several confidential matters on behalf of the Internal Revenue Service in connection
      with “Son of Boss” tax transactions

      C. Clark Hodgson Jr., Receiver for Philadelphia Alternative Asset Management Co. LLC, (PAAMCO,
      LLC) and its Partners, affiliates, subsidiaries and related entities, v. Man Financial Inc., and Thomas

      Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) v. Mathew E. Kopsky and Ronald W. Davis

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