NEW YORK, March 17, 2010 --- Jonathan M. Wainwright, Esq., a partner in the Corporate Department of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP., has been elected to serve as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors at Lighthouse International, according to Roger O. Goldman, Chairman of the Board. Lighthouse International is the non-profit leader in vision healthcare, research, education and advocacy. Mr. Wainwright has been a member of the Board since 2005. He has also served as Secretary since 2006 and will continue in that position while assuming the additional responsibilities of Vice Chair.
According to Mr. Goldman, “In the past 5 years, Jonathan has demonstrated a deep commitment to our mission of helping people who are blind and visually impaired. His good counsel and expertise have been very beneficial to the Board, and we look forward to his deeper involvement.” Mr. Wainwright joins Joseph A. Ripp, as Vice Chair. Their role is to preside at meetings in the absence of the Chair and perform other duties upon request
Mr. Wainwright's law 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. He also has extensive experience counseling private equity and investment funds, including partnerships, and limited liability companies. He represents and counsels 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.
Mr. Wainwright, a member of the Federal Bar Council, 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. Mr. Wainwright 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.