Mr Robert Clarke > Corrs Chambers Westgarth > Melbourne, Australia > Lawyer Profile

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Work Department

Corporate Advisory




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.

Lawyer Rankings

Australia > Financial services regulatory

Corrs Chambers Westgarth regularly advises on a broad scope of work in the financial services regulatory space, from supporting corporate clients in strategic compliance advice to defending investigations commenced by regulators. Melbourne-based Robert Clarke heads up the financial sponsors group, while Mark Wilks is head of litigation relating to regulatory defence and investigations. Head of the financial services regulatory team Michael Chaaya specialises in superannuation and pensions, general and life insurance, funds management, and regulatory banking; he has also been active in recent reforms to the financial services regulatory environment. Another noteworthy team member is Felicity Healy, a litigator with specialist experience in this area. Named partners are Sydney-based unless otherwise mentioned.