Claire Clarke > Mills & Reeve LLP > Cambridge, England > Lawyer Profile

Mills & Reeve LLP

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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).

Lawyer Rankings

East Anglia > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Cambridge

(Hall of Fame)

Claire ClarkeMills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP is involved in high-value M&A and capital markets transactions both regionally and nationally, among recent examples being the £33.1m AIM IPO of Skillcast Group. Head of corporate Tom Pickthorn and head of commercial Kevin Calder lead a deep bench of talented partners across the firm’s office network. Pickthorn advised Aksiom Group and joint venture partner Ara Partners, a US private equity firm, on the multimillion-pound acquisition of renewable energy equipment company Anesco.  Claire Clarke has particular expertise in education work and formation of investment funds, and Anthony McGurk focuses predominantly on private equity, food and agribusiness, and life sciences transactions. Emerging partner talent Jonathan Greenwood handles education mergers and acquisitions, and mid-market corporate work.