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Expert resume of Daniel P. Cunningham

Partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan, LLP

Daniel Cunningham joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP as a litigator in July 2009 with more than 30 years of experience in New York and London advising on risk assessment issues of various types. In addition to substantial transactional experience, he has significant experience working on litigation and arbitration matters. He also has advised Boards of Directors of major corporations on issues that combined the pursuit of strategic business goals with litigation either as a tool to reach those goals or a threat to their attainment. He is on the Executive Committee of the P.R.I.M.E. Finance Foundation based in The Hague, which is a new organization that provides education on derivatives for judges around the world and arbitration services for cross-border disputes involving complex financial products.

Dan has represented major clients as lead lawyer in virtually every kind of financing and acquisition transaction and, as a result, has an understanding of such transactions that few litigators have. He has participated in all types of capital markets transactions, including equity and debt offerings for U.S. and non-U.S. issuers, and in particular has extensive experience representing financial institutions. He was lead counsel on a number of transformational M&A transactions that required the solution of novel issues under the laws of the US and jurisdictions in Europe. Chambers named him US capital markets lawyer of the year in 2006.

Dan is one of the most knowledgeable lawyers in the world regarding derivatives and other types of structured finance instruments. He was U.S. counsel to ISDA from its inception. He is widely recognized as a principal architect of the ISDA Master Agreements and related ISDA credit derivatives and other definitions. Moreover, he advised ISDA for many years on the preparation of US insolvency legislation creating and improving safe harbors for swaps and other capital markets products under various US insolvency regimes.

He is also a Charter Trustee of Phillips Academy and Chairman of the Board of Job Path Inc. (not-forprofit NY organization that fosters employment training and independent living for the developmentally disabled).

Dan is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Princeton University. He is also a Member of The State Bar of New York and The State Bar of California.