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Ann Yvonne Walker

Ann Yvonne Walker

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, PC

Palo Alto, CA, USA


Ann Yvonne Walker is a corporate securities partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, where she has practiced law since graduating from law school in 1979. Ann primarily represents high technology companies in the “Silicon Valley” and specializes in corporate and securities law, including public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance matters and general corporate representation, with a particular emphasis on public company disclosure obligations and SEC compliance issues. Special areas of expertise include SEC reporting requirements, Rule 10b5-1 plans, Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and executive compensation disclosure.

Ann is an active member of the Federal Regulation of Securities Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association and is currently serving as Chair of its Disclosure and Continuous Reporting Subcommittee. She also is a member of the subcommittees on: Small Business Issuers; Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation, and Section 16; Securities Registration; Proxy Solicitations and Business Combinations; and Securities Law Opinions. She has served on drafting teams for many comment letters on SEC proposals, including those relating to the JOBS Act of 2012, the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, the Section 16 rules, the executive compensation disclosure rules, Form S-8, Rule 701, securities offering reform and the rules for smaller reporting companies and emerging growth companies.

EDUCATION:

J.D., Stanford Law School, 1979
B.S., Mathematics, Stanford University, 1976 With Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa

ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:

Ann has held a variety of leadership positions in the American Bar Association, as well as the California State Bar.

American Bar Association:

  • Member, Council of the ABA Business Law Section, 2001-2005
  • Chair, ABA Business Law Section's Committee on Lawyer Business Ethics, 1997-2001
  • Member, ABA Business Law Section's Publications Board, 2000-2004
  • Member, ABA Business Law Section’s Business Law Today Editorial Board, 2011-present
  • Chair, Subcommittee on Disclosure and Continuous Reporting of the ABA Business Law Section's Federal Regulation of Securities Committee, 2012-present
  • Chair, Subcommittee on Small Business Issuers of the ABA Business Law Section's Federal Regulation of Securities Committee, 2008-2011
  • Member, ABA Business Law Section's Federal Regulation of Securities Committee, 1992-present
  • Member, ABA Business Law Section's Committee on Audit Responses, 2004-present
  • Member, ABA Business Law Section's Committee on Professional Conduct, 2001-present
  • Chair, ABA Section/Division Committee on Professionalism and Ethics, 1999-2001
  • Member, ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism (SCOP), 1996-1999; Liaison from ABA Business Law Section to SCOP, 1999-2013
  • Member, ABA Standing Committee on Technology and Information Systems (SCOTIS), 2005-2008; Liaison from ABA Business Law Section to SCOTIS, 2008-present

California State Bar:

  • Advisor, Business Law Section Executive Committee, State Bar of California, 2000-2005 and 2010-present
  • Advisor, Council of State Bar Sections, State Bar of California, 2002-2003
  • Co-Chair of the Council of State Bar Sections, State Bar of California, 2001-2002
  • Chair (1999-2000), Vice Chair (1998-1999), and Legislative Chair (1997-1998), State Bar of California's Business Law Section
  • Co-Chair (1995-1996), Vice Chair–Legislation (1994-1995), and Secretary (1993-1994), Corporations Committee, State Bar of California's Business Law Section
  • Chair, Lifetime Achievement Award Committee, State Bar of California’s Business Law Section, 2005-2008
  • Member, Steering Committee for the Opinions Committee, State Bar of California’s Business Law Section, 2000-present

HONORS:

  • Selected for inclusion in 2006-2014 editions of Best Lawyers in America
  • Named in 2004-2009 in Northern California Super Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

SELECT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:

  • Regular speaker at PLI's annual two-day "Drafting Securities Filings" seminar
  • Speaker at Plenary Session and/or Moderator of Breakout Group, SEC Forum on Small Business Capital Formation, 2010-2012
  • Speaker on annual ABA two-hour program on “Current Securities Law Issues for Small Business”, 2007-present
  • Testified before the SEC Advisory Committee on Smaller Public Companies in September 2005

ADMISSIONS:

State Bar of California (1979)

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES:

  • Member, Board of Directors, Chanticleer (12-voice professional male choral ensemble based in San Francisco), 2013-present
  • Member, Board of Directors, and violinist, Redwood Symphony (nonprofit community orchestra)
  • Pro bono outside counsel and singer, Schola Cantorum (90-voice mixed community choir)
  • Member, Medallion Society, San Francisco Opera
  • Member, Baton Society, San Francisco Symphony
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