Jonathan M. Wainwright

Senior Counsel
New York,  NY  U.S.A.
Phone212 504 6122

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Practice Areas

  • Corporate
  • Family Office
  • Fund Formation
  • Investment Management
  • Investment Management Litigation
  • Investment Management Regulation & Compliance
  • Investment Management Transactions
  • Private Equity
University Yale University, B.A., with honors, 1965
Law SchoolNew York University School of Law, J.D., 1968
Admitted1968, New York; U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit

Jonathan Wainwright's practice is concentrated in the areas of investment management and alternative investment products. He focuses on structuring pooled investment entities, complex joint ventures, and transactions for private and public companies, merchant banks, investment managers and not-for-profit organizations. Jon also has extensive experience counseling private equity and investment funds, including partnerships, limited liability companies, and off-shore structures.

He advises U.S. and non-U.S. clients, including not-for-profit organizations, in corporate governance matters, private placements of debt and equity securities, mergers, acquisitions, sales, leveraged buyouts, exchange offers and significant investment issues. His clients include domestic and off-shore banks, trust companies, hedge funds, fund of funds, private equity funds, venture capital funds, real estate funds, and other investment managers, service companies, not-for-profit organizations and family offices.

Jon is a member of the Federal Bar Council. He also serves on the board of directors of a Florida-based trust company, several investment management firms and family offices, and numerous closely-held U.S. companies and foreign corporations. Jon is the Deputy Chairman of the Lighthouse Guild International and a Director of the Nature Conservancy on Long Island.

Jon earned a bachelor's degree, with honors, from Yale College and his J.D. from New York University School of Law. He has been with Cadwalader since 1968. After serving as a Cadwalader partner for more than 32 years, in 2010 Jon was appointed a senior counsel of the firm.

Jon is admitted to practice in the State of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

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Jonathan M. Wainwright

New YorkNY 10281-0006


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