Clare Corke

Partner. Melbourne.

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Clare provides clients with a potent combination of international experience and industry insights. Her depth of knowledge in banking and finance transactions, as well as project and infrastructure projects has established Clare as a highly sought-after legal mind amongst clients and colleagues alike.

Having previously served as the director of the Banking & Finance Department and joint head of the Project Finance Division in one of South Africa’s largest law firms; Clare also has the foresight, composure and resourcefulness to expertly steer a project through myriad challenges.

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Clare provides clients with a potent combination of international experience and industry insights. Her depth of knowledge in banking and finance transactions, as well as project and infrastructure projects has established Clare as a highly sought-after legal mind amongst clients and colleagues alike.

Having previously served as the director of the Banking & Finance Department and joint head of the Project Finance Division in one of South Africa’s largest law firms; Clare also has the foresight, composure and resourcefulness to expertly steer a project through myriad challenges.

Whether advising on complex transactions, maintaining client relationships or mentoring junior members of her team – Clare always brings a high level of focus and dedication to the task at hand.

“Never leaves any stone unturned and remains sensible and calm under pressure.” Chambers & Partners
Clare Corke

Clare's Expertise

  • Financing of Pelican Point Terminals Acting on project financing issues in the bulk petroleum products storage and discharge facilities located at Pelican Point in South Australia.
  • Sydney Convention Centre Acting on financing issues for the Plenary Brookfields consortium in their bid for the Sydney International Convention Exhibition and Event Centre.
  • Financing of Muja Power Station Acting on project financing issues for Inalco Energy as joint venture participant with Verve Energy in the 220 MW Muja A&B coal fired power plant refurbishment project.
  • Mundaring Water Treatment Plant Acting on concession and financing issues for RBS, Acciona Agua and United Utilities in their role as Helena Water the preferred bidder for the Mundaring Water Treatment Plant project in Western Australia.
  • China MinMetals acquisition of assets from OZ Minerals Acting on financing issues for China MinMetals in support of its proposed acquisition of assets from the OZ Minerals Group, one of Australia’s largest zinc and copper producers.
  • Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited expansion into Asia Acting on financing issues for Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited in support of its acquisition of certain of the retail and commercial banking businesses of the Royal Bank of Scotland in Hong Kong and Indonesia and Singapore, and the entire banking business of the Royal Bank of Scotland in Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.
  • Refinancing of Impact Fertilisers Acting for Impact Fertilisers on a facility granted by National Australia Bank to refinance facilities held by Impact Fertilisers prior to its acquisition by Ameropa AG.
  • Largest leveraged buy out in South Africa Provided advice to lenders (originally being Barclays Capital, Absa Capital, Deutsche Bank, ABN Amro Bank and Calyon) and financial advisers in private equity acquisition and leveraged buy out transactions of Edgars Consolidated Stores Limited. This was the largest private equity transaction undertaken in South Africa at its time, and included dealing with the consequential effects on Edcon’s extensive book which are managed by way of a securitisation vehicle.
  • Prison projects Initially advised the financiers on one of the first maximum security prisons in South Africa, and subsequently advised the Kalyx consortium in respect of the finance, design, construction, operation and maintenance of two prisons in South Africa.
  • Toll Roads throughout South Africa Advising financiers in respect of the N3 Toll road, located between Johannesburg and Durban in South Africa, advised financiers in respect of the refinancing of the N4 Toll Road (the first toll road project in South Africa), and subsequently advised the preference share equity holders of an equity refinancing of the concessionaire.
  • First rail concession in South Africa Advised a bidding consortium including LTA Concession and CAF on the bid for the Gautrain Rapid Rail Link Project.
  • Government of the Western Cape Province of the Republic of South Africa Advising the state on a rehabilitation and psychiatric hospital PPP project.
  • Multiple serviced working environment PPPs Advising the State in respect of a new serviced working environment for the Department of Education; and advising the State in respect of a new serviced working environment for the Department of Foreign Affairs.
  • Hospital projects Advised the Impilo Consortium (which included Siemens) on the first tertiary care hospital project in South Africa; and advising the lenders on the a hospital PPP project in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.
  • Nedbank Capital Advising the lenders in respect of the financing of the Harmony ArmGold joint venture; and in respect of the financing and development of the Maandagshoek mine.

What others say

  • “Leading Lawyer” Euromoney's Expert Guide to Project Finance Lawyers, 2010
  • “Clare Corke's move to Australia was a sharp loss for Deneys Reitz: ‘Corke was one of the most experienced attorneys in the country for public-private partnerships,’ says one peer.” International Financial Law Review, 2010
  • “Leading Lawyer” International Financial Law Review, 2009
  • “It is in project finance where the real action lies, however, and the team has been in the thick of it. One client used Deneys because of ‘the particular experience in dealing with public-private partnerships [PPP] in RSA’, while another company found its experience with Deneys to be ‘of the highest standard’. ‘Clare Corke is exceptional in her field of expertise,’ said another.” International Financial Law Review, 2008
  • “The ‘thoughtful and diligent’ Clare Corke ‘is a problem solver who makes everything accessible and clear...She does not waste time on trivial things - she just gets on with it.’” Chambers & Partners, 2008
  • “Commentators commended Clare Corke for her ‘maturity, solid and in-depth knowledge of the law, especially in PPP transactions.’ Her forte lies in project finance, international trade and business matters.” Chambers & Partners, 2007
  • “Finally, Clare Corke makes her debut in the Chambers rankings following client endorsements. She is regarded as ‘an asset to the firm’ in handling projects work ‘because she never leaves any stone unturned and remains sensible and calm under pressure.’” Chambers & Partners, 2006
  • “Best Lawyer - Construction/Infrastructure” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2014

Clare's Thinking

Clare's Leadership

  • Corrs Chambers Westgarth China Focus Group Member
  • Law Institute of Victoria Member