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

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

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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

The financial sponsors group at Corrs Chambers Westgarth leverages impressive bench strength to advise national and international banks, investment managers, funds, online platforms and other major financial institutions on a comprehensive range of contentious and non contentious financial regulatory matters. These include Design and Distribution Obligation (DDO) reforms, licensing structures, regulatory investments and enforcement, customer remediation, and the development of regulated products. The practice is headed by head of financial sponsors Robert Clarke in Melbourne, and head of financial sponsors head of commercial litigation Mark Wilks in Sydney. The team is supported by financial service authority Michael Chaaya, regulated products specialist Fadi Khoury, and litigation and insolvency expert Felicity Healy in Sydney.