Full Biography – Dr. Walter Leo Schindler

Introduction and Summary

Walter L. Schindler, PhD, JD has 38 years of legal experience as an attorney specializing in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and public offerings of securities arising in diverse industries, including 19 years at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, where he was a Partner for 12 years, including serving as the managing partner of the Orange County Office from 1996 to 1999, the highest growth period in that office’s history to date. 

Current Clients & Projects

Dr. Schindler currently serves as the Chairman and CEO of Transformation, LLC, a strategic advisory firm focused on the convergence of energy and technology. The firm is currently focused on raising a global fund syndicate for agriculture – read about their “why” here

He is also the senior legal advisor to Investment Banks Forstmann & Co. and Tellson Securities, Inc., and he is the only US member of the Advisory Council of Awad Capital Ltd., a global investment bank based on Dubai, as well as the only US member of the Advisory Board of Europe-based Climate Blockchain Corporation, the inventor of Climatecoin.

Dr. Schindler is the only American honored by the British Royal Family at St. James Palace for his leadership in investing in global sustainable innovation. He has assisted in the US expansion of two of the Royal Family’s favorite charities.

Recently Dr. Schindler was an invited guest speaker at the AIM Summit in Dubai, where he shared the energy infrastructure panel with the Founder and CEO of Susi Partners, Tobias Reichmuth, of Zug, Switzerland, and David Gibson-Moore, President of Gulf Analytica, in Dubai. .

Investment Experience

He was the Founder of SAIL Capital Partners LLC, an early US pioneer in sustainable investment, and Transformation LLC, which focuses on the convergence of technology and energy across the entire spectrum of energy and power from oil and gas to solar and wind.

Under his leadership SAIL Capital Partners LLC was selected by the World Economic Forum as a member of its Community of Global Growth Companies and SAIL was nominated for Private Equity Manager of the Year by Foundation & Endowment Money Management. In addition, SAIL Capital was chosen by the U.S. Department of Commerce to co-lead with Deutsche Bank the first U.S. Trade Mission on Clean Energy to Germany in Munich in 2012 and to participate in the first Impact & Sustainable Investment Trade Missions to Europe, meeting with investors in Zurich, Amsterdam, and London in 2013-2014. He has also attended, as an invited guest, meetings of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue.

In 2014 he was elected to the Board of Directors of Fulbright Canada, the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States (www.fulbright.ca ). In addition, in 2016-2018, he has received more international awards for leadership in sustainable investment than any other American, including Game Changer of the Year, Most Innovative Venture Capitalist, and Best Sustainable Investment Firm CEO.

Educational Background

Dr. Schindler attended Yale University from 1969 to 1973 on a full academic scholarship and earned his B.A. magna cum laude in 1973, then returned to Yale in 1975 to earn his M.A. in 1976 and Ph.D. in 1977, all with honors. He then attended Harvard Law School on an academic scholarship and earned his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1980, where his advisor was Archibald Cox.

In 1972 Yale University selected him to be a Bates Traveling Fellow in residence at Clare College, Cambridge University, during 1972 and in 1974-75 he studied as a Fulbright Scholar in Italy at the University of Florence and translated Italian poetry into English.

At Yale Graduate School he was awarded the Mary Cady Tew Prize in 1975 (then awarded by Faculty to the best first-year graduate student in all departments of the humanities and social sciences).

He is the only person in the history of Yale to earn a PhD in only two years from start to finish. Yale granted the first PhD in the United States in 1869.

Dr. Schindler is the author of a book of original poetry (The Napoleon House; published by Archon Books in 1991) and a book on the life and poetry of John Milton (Voice and Crisis: Invocation in Milton’s Poetry; published by Archon Books in 1990).