Education

  • B.A., M.A,, Ph.D., all with honors, Yale University
  • J.D., with honors, Harvard Law School
  • Fullbright Scholar, Italy
  • Bates Fellow, Clare College, Cambridge University

Experience

  • World Economic Forum
  • Board of Directors, Fulbright Canada Foundation
  • A Leader of 3 US Trade Missions to Europe on Clean Energy & Sustainable Investment; co-lead with Deutsche Bank on first Mission
  • Strategic Advisor in over 60 M&A and IPO transactions, including Ultrasystems, PIMCO, Callaway Golf and RemedyTemp
    Chief Executive Roundtable — UC Irvine
  • More than 25 early renewable power and cogeneration projects
  • Former Managing Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Orange County, CA
  • Founder of SAIL Capital Partners LLC
  • Founder of Transformation, LLC
  • Awad Capital Ltd. (Dubai), Advisory Council
  • Climatecoin, Advisory Board
  • Managing Partner & General Counsel, Forstmann & Co.

Recent Awards: International Recognition

“Super Lawyer– Alternative Energy Private Equity Firm of the Year 2018”
– Lawyers Worldwide Magazine

Game Changer of the Year 2018
– ACQ5 Magazine

Five Star Lawyer Award for Alternative Energy Private Equity – 2018
– Lawyers Worldwide Magazine

“Best firm for Cleantech and Energy Technology Investment 2016”
—Wealth and Finance, London

“Best Sustainable Investment CEO 2016 – New York”
—Corporate Vision Magazine, United Kingdom

“Venture Capital Expert of the Year 2016 – New York”
—Corporate Vision Magazine, United Kingdom

“US Game Changer of the Year 2016”
—ACQ5 Magazine, London

“Most Outstanding Cleantech Venture Capital Firm 2017”
—Corporate Vision Magazine, UK

“Best Cleantech Private Equity Firm 2017”
—Wealth and Finance International, London

“Advisory Firm of the Year 2017”
—Finance Monthly Magazine, London

“Niche Investment Firm of the Year 2017 (Cleantech)”
—ACQ5, London

“Niche Investment Firm of the Year 2017 (Energy)”
—ACQ5, London

“Most Innovative Venture Capitalist 2017”
—Wealth and Finance International, London

“Most Innovative Sustainable Investment Firm (Energy and Water) 2017”
—Wealth and Finance, London

“Recognised Excellence in Sustainable Investments USA 2017”
—Wealth and Finance, London

“Best Sustainable Investment CEO 2017”
—Corporate Vision Magazine, United Kingdom

“Alternative Energy Private Equity Advisory Firm of the Year 2017”
—Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards Magazine Annual Advisers 2017

“Honorable Mention Eco Person of the Year 2017”
—United States Green Business Counsel OC

Private Equity Manager of the Year, Foundation & Endowment Money Management

Visionary success: Energy, Technology, and Water

Energy:

Ultrasystems, Walter’s first client, was the U.S. pioneer of alternative energy, renewable power and cogeneration.

Technology:

Early investor in the inventor of the FICO scoring system and the creator of rational drug design (creating new molecules of drugs by computer).

Water:

WaterHealth International, Inc is now the world leader in providing pure drinking water systems to rural villages through sustainable capitalism. SAIL Capital Partners, LLC and Dow Chemical were the founding investors.