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Robert Clarke

Head of Financial Sponsors Group

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Robert has acted for financial sponsors and strategic investors in complex corporate and investment matters – both in Australia and internationally – for over 25 years. As head of our financial sponsors group, he leads a multi-disciplinary team that provides our sponsor clients – including private equity, venture capital, infrastructure, real estate, special situations and sovereign wealth and pension fund clients – with the full range of legal services.

Robert's practice includes mergers, acquisitions, divestments and carve-outs, work-outs and restructuring, joint ventures and co-investment transactions, as well as strategic governance advice. He has particular experience acting for clients with exposure to highly-regulated sectors (such as infrastructure and transport, technology, water, energy and resources, gaming and wagering, health and aged care, defence and financial services) as well as the real estate and industrial sectors.

Key deals

Macquarie and Brookfield

Advised this consortium on its AU$2.6 billion acquisition of the Western Australian oil and gas assets of Apache Corporation, as well as potential bolt on acquisitions.

Mitsui & Co

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

Hastings and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board

Advised the consortium on its AU$2.3 billion acquisition of the Sydney Desalination Plant from the NSW Government.

Dutch Infrastructure Fund

Advised on the acquisition of the Royalla Solar Farm in the ACT through a competitive sale-process and on its investment in University of Tasmania student accommodation.

Apollo Global Management

Acted on its AU$1.2 billion investment into and joint venture with CIMIC in relation to the Ventia services contracting businesses.

Peabody Corporation

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

Recent competitive sale processes

Advised bidders, acquirers and vendors in competitive sale processes in relation to the following recent transactions: Westconnex, PEXA, 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), Belron International, Fitness First, Hanover Insurance, and Sponserve.