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Robert Clarke

Head of Financial Sponsors Group

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Robert has acted for strategic investors and financial sponsors in complex corporate matters both in Australia and internationally for nearly 25 years. As head of our financial sponsors group, he leads a multi-disciplinary team that provides our clients with a full range of legal services.

Robert's practice includes mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and co-investment transactions and governance advice. He has particular experience acting for clients with exposure to highly-regulated sectors (such as infrastructure and transport, energy and resources, gaming and wagering, health and aged care, financial services and funds management and defence).

Robert is a Honorary Senior Fellow (JD Program) at the University of Melbourne.

Key deals

Mitsui & Co

Lead advisor to Mitsui on the sale of its wholly-owned renewable asset Bald Hills Wind Farm through a competitive sale process.

Macquarie and Brookfield

Lead corporate advisor to this consortium on its acquisition of the Western Australian oil and gas assets of Apache Corporation, as well as potential bolt on acquisitions.

Hastings and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board

Lead adviser to this consortium in its successful bid to acquire the Sydney Desalination Plant from the NSW Government. The work included dealing with regulators (IPART), Sydney Water, Veolia as O&M contractor, and lending banks.

Dutch Infrastructure Fund

Acting for the Dutch Infrastructure Fund in acquiring the Royalla Solar Farm in the ACT through a competitive sale process.

Commonwealth Defence Project

Assisted Swiss-based Pilatus on the project to deliver, in partnership with Lockheed Martin, the new generation PC-21 training aircraft for the Royal Australian Airforce and Department of Defence.

Peabody Corporation

Advised Peabody on sale processes for various coal assets (including Middlemount, Burton and Millennium).

Recent competitive sale processes

Advised bidders in competitive sale processes, including in relation to the Port of Darwin, Macarthur Wind Farm, Wollongong Student Accommodation, ANU Student Accommodation, Hawker Pacific Group, ADB Safegate, Nelson Forests, NSW Disability Services, Innovia, Airport Link M7, Lattice Energy (Origin conventional oil and gas assets), and Belron International.