You are here

Claire Thompson

Claire Thompson

Senior Associate

Claire is a Corporate Senior Associate based in Melbourne.



Claire is a Senior Associate in our Corporate team in Melbourne. Claire specialises in mergers and acquisitions, with a focus on private equity, technology and venture capital. Claire has particular experience in:

  • public M&A transactions, including takeover bids and schemes of arrangement
  • private M&A transactions, including acquisitions and exits
  • joint venture, shareholder and investor arrangements
  • investments into early stage companies
  • general corporate and commercial advice

Claire's experience includes advising:

  • Optal Limited on its sale to WEX, Inc.
  • the Riverside Company on various acquisitions
  • on recent capital raisings by Metigy, Dovetail and other early stage technology companies
  • NAB on various transaction, including the sale of a majority stake in MLC Life to Nippon Life and various fintech investments by NAB Ventures
  • NEXTDC Limited in relation to its acquisition of the Asia Pacific Data Centre Group by on-market takeover bid



Claire has a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne.

Claire was a winner in the M&A Category for the 2016 Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards.

Key Services

Related news and deals

20 September 2021

Herbert Smith Freehills advises Delegate Connect on Series Seed Capital Raise

21 July 2021

Herbert Smith Freehills partner Peter Dunne joins client SafetyCulture

04 May 2021

Herbert Smith Freehills advises SafetyCulture on A$99 million Series C2 capital raise and secondary sale