Widely recognized as an expert in the commodity and securities industries, Nicholas Weir has testified before entities including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade, the National Association of Securities Dealers, Federal and State Courts and U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Skilled at alternative dispute resolution, Weir has worked as an arbitrator for organizations including the American Arbitration Association, National Association of Securities Dealers (now FINRA), and the National Futures Association. Nicholas Weir is presently employed as Principal and Managing Director of Navigant Economics, LLC, where he also serves as Director of Securities Practice. At Navigant, Weir focuses on the analysis of securities and commodities trading practices and risk management consulting. From 1988 to 1996, Weir served global financial services company Coopers & Lybrand as a Manager and then Partner. At the onset of his career, Weir devoted 10 years to Cargill, Incorporated, an international corporation based in Minnetonka, Minnesota and one of the largest privately owned companies in the world. In this role, Weir worked as a Trader and Trading Manager, overseeing global investment and trading activities, and supervising account executives while underwriting and syndicating hedge fund products. Nicholas Weir received his graduate education in Geneva, Switzerland, and earned a Master of Arts in Economics and Finance from Webster University in 1985. Subsequently, he completed a financial management and policy program through the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. Prior to embarking on his career in investment management, Weir earned a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Business Administration from the College of St. Thomas, now the University of St. Thomas.