Ashley Walter is Chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Practice Group of Fenwick & West. Ashley advises technology companies on a wide variety of corporate and securities law matters including formations, venture capital financings, commercial arrangements, mergers and acquisitions, and public offerings. Ashley’s practice also includes representing clients before government antitrust agencies in connection with the U.S. Hart-Scott-Rodino Act and other antitrust aspects of acquisitions.
Ashley serves as Chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility Law Task Force of the ABA Business Law Section, an organization dedicated to equipping lawyers with the skills to effectively advise clients with respect to CSR-related legal matters and advance the practice area generally, and as a member of the Legal Advisory Committee of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board.
Ashley's CSR law practice consists of advising clients on compliance with emerging CSR-related legal requirements and the integration of those requirements into CSR policies. Ashley has lectured and written on CSR and has experience advising technology companies with respect to CSR-related matters. Clients that Ashley has advised with respect to CSR-related matters, both current and prior to working at Fenwick & West, include:
While in law school, Ashley was Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Journal of Law, Business and Finance. He conducted climate change research in the U.S. and Denmark under Stanford Law School professor Thomas Heller, Advisor to the Secretary-General of the United Nations’ High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing, as part of Stanford Law School’s Climate Change Workshop. He also drafted the environmental sustainability proxy voting guidelines for the Stanford Management Company as a panel member of the Stanford University Advisory Panel on Investment Responsibility and Licensing and submitted a business plan that was named a finalist in a Stanford University campus-wide funding competition.
Prior to joining Fenwick & West, Ashley was a corporate attorney in the Seattle office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.