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Corrs Chambers Westgarth

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Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Port Moresby, Sydney

Clare Corke

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Corrs Chambers Westgarth

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Banking & Finance / Energy & Resources / Major Projects & Infrastructure.




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.


Law Institute of Victoria Member.


Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Corrs Chambers Westgarth's client base of banks, alternative capital providers, international financial institutions, private equity firms and corporates benefits from the team's experience across acquisition finance, corporate finance and property finance work alongside notable regulatory expertise. Brad Robinson and Michael Chaaya jointly lead the group, which recently recruited Ben Emblin and Patrick O’Grady  from now-defunct firm Henry Davis York, Fadi Khoury from Norton Rose Fulbright and Kon Mellos from Herbert Smith Freehills. Rommel Harding-Farrenberg recently advised on a bid to acquire Ten Network and its subsequent refinancing, Robinson assisted Southern Cross Austereo with the refinancing of its core debt, and Clare Corke acted for Mach Energy on the extension of a corporate facility for the financing of the Mount Pleasant coal mine.

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Energy (transactions and regulatory)

Within: Energy (transactions and regulatory)

Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s 27-partner practice, which is headed by Michael MacGinley, has seen some change with the addition of former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Singapore managing partner, transactional lawyer and new firm CEO Gavin MacLaren , and with Vaughan Mills joining from Allens; Mills now leads the firm’s Papua New Guinea (PNG) efforts, splitting his time between Brisbane and the new Port Moresby office. Peter Jarosek advised Woodside Energy on its $400m acquisition of a 50% interest in the Scarborough gas field from Esso Australia Resources; he also assisted Macquarie with its proposed acquisition of Central Petroleum. Domestically, Clare Corke acted for Australian Questus Energy regarding the acquisition of Origin’s Lattice energy assets in a competitive bid process. Nick Thorne has been promoted to the partnership.

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Project development

Within: Project development

Corrs Chambers Westgarth has a clear focus on infrastructure work and acts for both government and private sector clients. David Warren heads the 28-partner team; it includes Peter Schenk, who is representing the Queensland government in relation to the $2.2bn Queen’s Wharf project, which involves the redevelopment of nine hectares in the Brisbane’s CBD; Warren acts for two longstanding clients on the development of a facility to supply precast structural elements to the West Gate Tunnel project. Airlie Fox is assisting the Altrac consortium, consisting of Capella, Acciona, Alstom and Transdev, with the delivery of the $1.2bn Sydney Light Rail project, which includes a rail network extension through Sydney’s CBD. John Walter, Andrew Chew and Clare Corke are also recommended. Jared Heath has been promoted to partner.

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