Walter L. Schindler
Walter L. Schindler is the founder and a Managing Partner of SAIL Capital Partners LLC, and co-manages all aspects of SAIL’s operations and investments. His primary responsibilities include capital, finance, operations, exits and communications. Under his leadership SAIL has been selected by the World Economic Forum as a member of its Community of Global Growth Companies and nominated for Private Equity Manager of the Year by Foundation & Endowment Money Management. In addition, SAIL Capital has been chosen by the U.S. Department of Commerce to co-lead with Deutsche Bank the U.S. Trade Mission on Clean Energy to Germany.
Walter is a member of the Board of Directors of Xtreme Power Inc. and CNS Response Inc., as well as a member of the North American Advisory Board of The Cleantech Group, the Advisory Board of US Bank, and the Chief Executive Roundtable of the University of California at Irvine.
Prior to SAIL, Walter served as the Managing Partner of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Orange County, California office, one of the largest in its worldwide network. His 20-year career at this leading international law firm included advising on some of the most successful IPO’s and mergers in the US during that time, including work for Allergan, Callaway Golf, Fluor, Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company, PacifiCare, PIMCO, SafeGuard Health, and Ultrasystems. He was the lead strategic advisor in over 60 successful mergers, acquisitions, and IPO’s. His assignments included advising Pacific Mutual Life Insurance with regard to the creation and execution of the exit strategy for its investment in PIMCO and working on the IPO of Ultrasystems Inc., the first renewable power project developer to go public in the US. He has 30 years of broad and deep experience in energy and renewable power projects and related exit experience.
Walter is a native of New Orleans, earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. with honors from Yale University and his J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School, and studied as a Fulbright Scholar in Italy. He is the author of a book of original poetry (The Napoleon House) and a book on the life and poetry of John Milton (Voice and Crisis: Invocation in Milton’s Poetry).
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