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Mills & Reeve LLP

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Claire Clarke

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Claire has extensive experience in advising listed and private companies, funders and private individuals in a wide range of company corporate finance and commercial matters from start-up and spin-out through funding rounds and acquisitions to flotation or trade sale. Claire has also advised on and established various types of fund structures using limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships as well as company vehicles. In addition to her mainstream corporate practice Claire has extensive experience of advising higher education institutions and other public sector bodies on various corporate matters including spin-outs, mergers and collaborations.


Trainee solicitor Allen & Overy 1991-93; solicitor 1993-96; solicitor Mills & Reeve 1996-99; partner Mills & Reeve 1999 to date; corporate team leader 2001 to date.


St Hilda’s College, Oxford University (MA Law First Class).

East Anglia: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Cambridge

Within: Leading individuals

Claire Clarke - Mills & Reeve LLP

Within: Corporate and commercial: Cambridge

Mills & Reeve LLP ‘has great experience, understands the private equity industry and is able to deal internationally, with sector knowledge that is second to none‘. The firm has a growing focus on national and international work, while also handling high-end local transactions, and has solidified its standing as a leading M&A practice in East Anglia. In 2017, the firm as a whole advised on matters involving more than 75 different jurisdictions including the US, China and Canada. A standout deal saw the firm advise Richardson International Limited on the high-value acquisition of European Oat Millers. ‘Exceptional lawyer‘ Anthony McGurk, who has more than 20 years’ experience in corporate finance, led on that deal and is ‘highly recommended for any type of M&A activity‘. He also acted for the Weetabix Food Company on several deals as part of its £1.4bn sale to US firm Post Holdings. Practice head Tom Pickthorn (who handled a multimillion-pound acquisition for Danish IT services business Netcompany), Zickie Lim (who advised venture capital firms on a $16m investment),  principal associate Jonathan Greenwood and consultant Brian Marshall provide 'an excellent level of service with outstanding legal skills, impressive client handling, impeccable responsiveness, outstanding business judgement and excellent value for money'. Also recommended are corporate finance partner Stephen Hamilton, who is 'calm and unflappable at all times and provides good commercial and practical advice', and leading light Claire Clarke, who has niche expertise in both the education sector and investment funds formation.

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