Robert Clarke

Partner. Melbourne.

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Robert Clarke

Robert is head of our financial sponsors group (FSG).

He is a senior corporate partner that has acted for strategic investors and financial sponsors on complex cross-border transactions in Australia and internationally for nearly 25 years.

Robert combines the delivery of strategic guidance with an attention to detail when leading teams on complex, resource intensive corporate matters.

As head of FSG Robert leads a multi-disciplinary team that is responsible for the delivery of the full range of legal services to our financial sponsor clients.

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Robert is head of our financial sponsors group (FSG).

He is a senior corporate partner that has acted for strategic investors and financial sponsors on complex cross-border transactions in Australia and internationally for nearly 25 years.

Robert combines the delivery of strategic guidance with an attention to detail when leading teams on complex, resource intensive corporate matters.

As head of FSG Robert leads a multi-disciplinary team that is responsible for the delivery of the full range of legal services to our financial sponsor clients.

Robert focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures & co-investment transactions, and strategic governance advice, particularly for private sector and government clients with exposures to regulated sectors such as infrastructure & transport, energy & resources, gaming & wagering, health & aged care, financial services & funds management, and defence. His matters invariably involve a number of our specialist practice groups including banking and finance, competition and regulatory, property, energy & resources, taxation, environment and planning.

He has recently acted for Mitsui & Co on the sale of its Bald Hill Wind Farm, for Dutch Infrastructure Fund on its acquisition of the Royalla Solar Farm in the ACT, for
VC investors in their full exit from sponsorship platform Sponserve to US VC fund Serent Capital, for Peabody Energy on the divestment of the Burton Coal Mine in Queensland, and as lead M&A partner to the Macquarie-Brookfield consortium in its $2bn acquisition of the Western Australian oil and gas assets of Apache Corporation.

Robert is an Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne Law School where he lectures within the JD program.

He has practiced internationally for a number of years and is both Australian and UK qualified.

“Leading Lawyer Corporate/M&A” Chambers Global Guide
Robert Clarke

Robert's Expertise

  • Mitsui & Co. Lead advisor to Mitsui & Co (Australia) on the divestment, through a competitive sale process, of its entire interest in the Bald Hills Wind Farm in Victoria.
  • Dutch Infrastructure Fund Acted for the Dutch Infrastructure Fund in acquiring the Royalla Solar Farm in the ACT through a competitive sale-process.
  • Macquarie and Brookfield Lead corporate advisor to this consortium on its acquisition of the Western Australian oil and gas assets of Apache Corporation, as well as further potentialacquisitions.
  • Hastings and Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board Served as lead adviser to the consortium in their successful bid to acquire the Sydney Desalination Plant from the NSW Government. The work included dealing with regulators (IPART), Sydney Water, Veolia as O&M contractor and lending banks.
  • Apollo Global Management Acted for Apollo on its investment into and joint venture with Leightons (now CIMIC) in relation to the Ventia services contracting business.
  • AIX infrastructure investments Advised a consortium of Australian pension funds lead by Hastings Funds Management on the establishment of a joint venture and investment into airports in Australia and Europe, in connection with the acquisition by the Future Fund of the asset portfolio of Australian Infrastructure Fund.
  • Commonwealth Defence Project Assisted Swiss-based Pilatus on the project to deliver, in partnership with Lockheed Martin, the new generation PC-21 training aircraft for the Royal Australian Airforce and Department of Defence.
  • Origin's conventional oil & gas assets (Lattice) Advised a bidder in the recent auction process for these assets on all aspects of its fully-funded bid.
  • Peabody Energy Assisted Peabody on sale processes for various of its coal assets, including the recently completed Burton Coal Mine.
  • Hutchison Whampoa Advised on a US$500 million telecommunications infrastructure M&A transaction, including on commercial arrangements involving fibre capacity leases and tower co-location arrangements, and associated funding arrangements.
  • Anglo American Sale Process Acted for a South East Asian sovereign wealth fund in connection with its participation in the sale process run by Anglo American for Queensland coal assets.

What others say

  • “Leading Lawyer - Corporate/M&A (Foreign Experts)” Chambers Global Guide
  • “Leading Lawyer - Corporate/M&A (Experts Based Abroad)” Chambers Global Guide (Singapore)
  • “Leading Lawyer - Corporate/M&A (International Firms) (Experts Based Abroad)” Chambers Global Guide (Indonesia)
  • “Leading Lawyer - Projects & Energy (International Firms) (Experts Based Abroad)” Chambers Global Guide (Indonesia)

Robert's Thinking

Robert's Leadership

  • Law Institute of Victoria Member
  • Corrs Chambers Westgarth • Korea Focus Group Member
    • North America Focus Group Member
    • Head, Infrastructure M&A Institutional Capital Group