C P CLARE CORP
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                                  SCHEDULE 14A
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                  Proxy Statement Pursuant to Section 14(a) of
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                             C.P. CLARE CORPORATION
                              78 CHERRY HILL DRIVE
                               BEVERLY, MA 01915
                    NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
                        TO BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 21, 2000

    NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the 2000 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the
"Annual Meeting") of C.P. Clare Corporation (the "Company") will be held on
Thursday, September 21, 2000, at 10:00 a.m. at the Company's headquarters, at 78
Cherry Hill Drive, Beverly, Massachusetts for the following purposes:

    1.  To elect two Class II Directors of the Company to serve until the 2003
       Annual Meeting of Stockholders and until their successors are duly
       elected and qualified;

    2.  To authorize a change in the Company's name to Clare, Inc.;

    3.  To ratify the appointment of the accounting firm of Arthur Andersen LLP
       as independent auditors for the Company for the current year; and

    4.  To consider and act upon any other matters that may properly be brought
       before the Annual Meeting and at any adjournments or postponements
       thereof.

    Any action may be taken on the foregoing matters at the Annual Meeting on
the date specified above, or on any date or dates to which, by original or later
adjournment, the Annual Meeting may be adjourned, or to which the Annual Meeting
may be postponed.

    The Board of Directors has fixed the close of business on July 28, 2000, as
the record date for determining the stockholders entitled to notice of and to
vote at the Annual Meeting and at any adjournments or postponements thereof.
Only stockholders of record of the Company's common stock, $.01 par value per
share, at the close of business on that date will be entitled to notice of and
to vote at the Annual Meeting and at any adjournments or postponements thereof.

    You are requested to fill in and sign the enclosed proxy card, which is
being solicited by the Board of Directors, and to mail it promptly in the
enclosed postage prepaid envelope. Any proxy may be revoked by delivery of a
later dated proxy. Stockholders of record who attend the Annual Meeting may vote
in person, even if they have previously delivered a signed proxy.

                                          By Order of the Board of Directors

                                          Harry Andersen
                                          Clerk

July [  ], 2000
Beverly, Massachusetts

    WHETHER OR NOT YOU PLAN TO ATTEND THE MEETING, PLEASE COMPLETE, SIGN, DATE
AND PROMPTLY RETURN THE ENCLOSED PROXY CARD IN THE POSTAGE-PREPAID ENVELOPE
PROVIDED. IF YOU ATTEND THE ANNUAL MEETING, YOU MAY VOTE IN PERSON IF YOU WISH,
EVEN IF YOU HAVE PREVIOUSLY RETURNED YOUR PROXY CARD.
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                             C.P. CLARE CORPORATION
                              78 CHERRY HILL DRIVE
                          BEVERLY, MASSACHUSETTS 01915

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                                PROXY STATEMENT
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                    FOR 2000 ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
                        To be held on September 21, 2000

                                                                   July 17, 2000

    This Proxy Statement is furnished in connection with the solicitation of
proxies by the Board of Directors of C.P. Clare Corporation (the "Company") for
use at the 2000 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of the Company to be held on
Thursday, September 21, 2000, and at any adjournments or postponements thereof
(the "Annual Meeting"). At the Annual Meeting, stockholders will be asked to
vote upon: (1) the election of two Class II directors of the Company; (2) to
authorize a change in the name of the Company to Clare, Inc.; (3) to ratify the
selection of Arthur Andersen LLP as independent auditors for the Company for the
current year; and (4) to act upon any other matters properly brought before
them.

    This Proxy Statement and the accompanying Notice of Annual Meeting and form
of proxy are first being sent to stockholders on or about August [  ], 2000. The
Board of Directors has fixed the close of business on July 28, 2000, as the
record date for the determination of stockholders entitled to notice of and to
vote at the Annual Meeting (the "Record Date"). Only stockholders of record of
the Company's common stock, par value $.01 per share (the "Common Stock"), at
the close of business on the Record Date will be entitled to notice of and to
vote at the Annual Meeting. As of the Record Date, there were [  ] shares of
Common Stock outstanding and entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting. Holders of
Common Stock outstanding as of the close of business on the Record Date will be
entitled to one vote for each share held by them.

    The presence, in person or by proxy, of the holders of at least a majority
of the total number of outstanding shares of Common Stock entitled to vote is
necessary to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at the Annual
Meeting. Both abstentions and broker "non-votes" (as defined below) will be
counted in determining the presence of a quorum. The affirmative vote of the
holders of a plurality of shares of Common Stock present and represented (and
entitled to vote) at the Annual Meeting is required for the election of
directors. The affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the shares of
Common Stock present or represented (and entitled to vote) at a meeting at which
a quorum is present is sufficient for the ratification of Arthur Andersen LLP as
the Company's independent auditors for the current year. The affirmative votes
of the holders of a majority of the shares of Common Stock present or
represented (and entitled to vote) at a meeting at which a quorum is present is
sufficient for the authorization to change the Company's name. Broker
"non-votes" are proxies from brokers or other nominees indicating that such
person has not received instructions from the beneficial owner or other person
entitled to vote the shares that are the subject of the proxy on a particular
matter with respect to which the broker or other nominee does not have
discretionary voting power. Abstentions and broker

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non-votes will have no effect on the outcome of the election of directors, the
authorization of the Company's name, and the ratification of the selection of
the independent auditors.

    Stockholders of the Company are requested to complete, sign, date and
promptly return the accompanying Proxy Card in the enclosed postage-prepaid
envelope. Shares represented by a properly executed proxy received prior to the
vote at the Annual Meeting and not revoked will be voted at the Annual Meeting
as directed on the proxy. If a properly executed proxy is submitted prior to
such time and no instructions are given, the proxy will be voted FOR the
election of the nominees for the Board of Directors of the Company named in this
Proxy Statement, FOR the approval of the ratification of Arthur Andersen LLP as
the Company's independent auditors for the current year, and FOR the
authorization to change the Company's name to Clare, Inc. It is not anticipated
that any matters other than those set forth in this Proxy Statement will be
presented at the Annual Meeting. If other matters are presented, proxies will be
voted in accordance with the discretion of the proxy holders.

    A stockholder of record may revoke a proxy at any time before it has been
exercised by filing a written revocation with the Clerk of the Company at the
address of the Company set forth above, by filing a duly executed proxy bearing
a later date, or by appearing in person and voting by ballot at the Annual
Meeting. Any stockholder of record as of the Record Date attending the Annual
Meeting may vote in person whether or not a proxy has been previously given, but
the presence (without further action) of a stockholder at the Annual Meeting
will not constitute revocation of a previously given proxy.

    [The Company's 2000 Annual Report, including financial statements for the
fiscal year ended March 31, 2000, is being mailed to stockholders concurrently
with this Proxy Statement. The Annual Report, however, is not part of the proxy
solicitation material.]

                                   PROPOSAL 1
                             ELECTION OF DIRECTORS
                           (ITEM 1 OF THE PROXY CARD)

    The Board of Directors of the Company consists of six members and is divided
into three classes. Directors serve for three-year terms with one class of
Directors being elected by the Company's stockholders at each annual meeting.

    At the Annual Meeting, two Class II directors will be elected to serve until
the 2003 annual meeting of stockholders and until their successors are duly
elected and qualified. The Board of Directors has nominated Andrew E. Lietz and
John G. Turner (the "Nominees") for election as Class II Directors at the Annual
Meeting. Messrs. Lietz and Turner are currently serving as directors of the
Company. The Board of Directors anticipates that each of the Nominees will serve
as a director, if elected. However, if any person nominated by the Board of
Directors is unable to accept election, the proxies will be voted for the
election of such other person as the Board of Directors may recommend. The Board
of Directors will consider a nominee for election to the Board of Directors
recommended by a stockholder of record if the stockholder submits the nomination
in compliance with the requirements of the Company's Bylaws. See "Other Matters
Stockholder Proposals" for a summary of these requirements. A quorum being
present, the affirmative vote of the plurality of the votes cast is necessary to
elect the Nominees as directors of the Company.

    THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS A VOTE FOR EACH OF ITS NOMINEES.

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                                   PROPOSAL 2
    AUTHORIZATION OF AN AMENDMENT TO THE COMPANY'S ARTICLES OF ORGANIZATION
            TO CHANGE THE COMPANY'S CORPORATE NAME TO "CLARE, INC."
                           (ITEM 2 OF THE PROXY CARD)

    The Board of Directors has recommended that the stockholders authorize an
amendment of the Company's Articles of Organization to change the Company's
corporate name from C.P. Clare Corporation to "Clare, Inc." The Board of
Directors has reviewed the organization and business of the Company, its
position in the marketplace and its perception to customers, suppliers,
stockholders, and the investment community at large. Based on its review, the
Board has determined that the proposed name change will simplify the Company's
identity and modernize its image, yet maintain continuity with historical
reputation and brand recognition.

    The Board and Management believe that the divestiture of the older
electromagnetics business and recent investments in new technology to become a
modern integrated circuits communications company require a newer, more modern
brand image and name perception. Therefore, the Board of Directors has
determined that the proposed name change of the Company is an important step to
provide a more accurate perception of the Company, its business, and its role in
the marketplace.

    The proposed name change of the Company will not affect the rights of
stockholders and will not necessitate an exchange of outstanding stock
certificates.

    The authorization of an amendment to the Articles of Organization of the
company to change the name of the Company requires the affirmative vote of the
majority of the shares of common stock represented in person or by proxy at the
annual meeting and entitled to vote.

    THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS A VOTE FOR AUTHORIZATION.

                                   PROPOSAL 3
              RATIFICATION OF SELECTION OF INDEPENDENT ACCOUNTANTS
                           (ITEM 3 OF THE PROXY CARD)

    The Board of Directors has selected, subject to ratification by the
stockholders of the Company at the Annual Meeting, the firm of Arthur Andersen
LLP to serve as the independent accountants for the Company for the fiscal year
ending March 31, 2001. Arthur Andersen LLP has served as the Company's
independent accountants since its initial public offering. A representative of
Arthur Andersen LLP will be present at the Annual Meeting, will be given the
opportunity to make a statement if he or she so desires and will be available to
respond to appropriate questions.

    The ratification of the selection of Arthur Andersen LLP as the Company's
independent accountants for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2001 requires the
affirmative vote of a majority of the shares of Common Stock represented in
person or by proxy at the Annual Meeting and entitled to vote.

           THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS A VOTE FOR RATIFICATION

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INFORMATION REGARDING NOMINEES, OTHER DIRECTORS AND EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

    The following table and biographical descriptions set forth certain
information with respect to the Nominees for election as Class II directors at
the Annual Meeting, the continuing directors whose terms expire at the annual
meetings of stockholders in 2001 and 2002 and the executive officers of the
Company who are not directors, based on information furnished to the Company by
such directors and executive officers. The following information is as of
June 30, 2000, unless otherwise specified.

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                                                                                    NUMBER OF SHARES        PERCENT OF
                                                                         DIRECTOR     BENEFICIALLY          ALL SHARES
NAME                                                            AGE       SINCE           OWNED                (1)
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Class II Nominees for Election
(Term to Expire in 2003)
  Andrew E. Lietz...........................................     61        2000                 3,833             *
  John G. Turner............................................     60        1994               102,502(2)        1.1%

Class III Continuing Directors
(Term to Expire in 2001)
  Arthur R. Buckland........................................     52        1993               626,571(3)        6.5%
  James K. Sims.............................................     53        1996                34,194(4)          *

Class I Continuing Directors
(Term to Expire in 2002)
  Winston R. Hindle, Jr.....................................     70        1995                44,034(5)          *
  Larry L. Mihalchik........................................     53        1999                10,000(6)          *

Executive Officers who are not Directors

  Harry Andersen............................................     53                            10,000(7)          *
  Dennis Cocco..............................................     46                           109,742(8)        1.1%
  M. William Miller.........................................     44                            51,589(9)          *
  William D. Reed...........................................     48                            72,540(10)         *
Executive Officers and Directors as a Group (10 Total)......                                1,056,005          11.0%
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*   Less than one percent.

(1) As of June 30, 2000, there were 9,613,566 shares of Common Stock
    outstanding.

(2) Includes 30,000 shares subject to options that are immediately exercisable.
    Includes 5,500 shares held directly and 67,002 shares held by Late Stage
    Fund 1990 Limited Partnership ("Late Stage"), of which MVP Capital L.P. is
    investment general partner and holder of a 0.9% interest. Mr. Turner is a
    general partner of MVP and shares voting control over Late Stage. Shares
    beneficially owned by Mr. Turner include only 218 of the 67,002 shares owned
    by Late Stage. While Mr. Turner may be an affiliate of Late Stage, he
    disclaims beneficial ownership of the remainder of such shares.

(3) Includes 262,421 shares subject to options that are immediately exercisable.

(4) Includes 30,000 shares subject to options that are immediately exercisable.

(5) Includes 25,000 shares subject to options that are immediately exercisable.

(6) Includes 10,000 shares subject to options that are exercisable within
    60 days of June 30, 2000.

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(7) Includes 10,000 shares subject to options that are immediately exercisable.

(8) Includes 56,371 shares subject to options that are immediately exercisable
    and 48,000 shares that are subject to options that are exercisable within
    60 days of June 30, 2000. Includes 5,371 shares purchased under the
    Company's Employee Stock Purchase Plan.

(9) Includes 45,250 shares subject to options that are immediately exercisable
    and 6,339 shares purchased under the Company's Employee Stock Purchase Plan.

(10) Includes 66,000 shares subject to options that are immediately exercisable
    and 6,540 shares purchased under the Company's Employee Stock Purchase Plan.
    Mr. Reed ceased his employment with the Company as of June 6, 2000 and any
    unexercised options will expire 90 days from that date.

    NOMINEES FOR ELECTION AS A DIRECTOR

    ANDREW E. LIETZ.  Mr. Lietz has been a director since April 2000. Until
July 2000, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Hadco Corporation, a
manufacturer of printed circuits and electronic interconnection devices located
in Salem, New Hampshire. Prior to joining Hadco, Mr. Lietz served in a variety
of management positions at International Business Machines Corporation. He is
Chairman of the New Hampshire Business & Industry Association, serves on the
Executive Committee of the New Hampshire Industrial Research Center, and is a
member of the University of New Hampshire's Whittemore School of Business
Advisory Board. In addition, Mr. Lietz is a member of the Board of Directors of
EnergyNorth Corporation.

    JOHN G. TURNER.  Mr. Turner has been a director of the Company since 1993.
Mr. Turner has been a General Partner since 1998 of Vision Capital, Menlo Park,
CA, a venture capital partnership. Prior to that time, Mr. Turner was the
Managing Partner of MVP Ventures, a venture capital investment firm based in
Boston, Massachusetts, a position he held since 1988. Mr. Turner also is a
member of the Boards of Directors of Keymage, S.A.; Massana, Inc.; and Infitel
International N.V.

    INCUMBENT DIRECTORS--TERM EXPIRING IN 2001

    ARTHUR R. BUCKLAND.  Mr. Buckland has been President, Chief Executive
Officer and a director of the Company since September 1993. He was elected
Chairman of the Board in January 1996. Prior to assuming these responsibilities,
he served as a consultant to the Company from July 1993 to September 1993.
Mr. Buckland was President and Chief Executive Officer of Four Pi Systems, a
process control capital equipment company based in San Diego, California, from
September 1992 until June 1993, and served as a consultant to that company from
May 1992 to September 1992. From September 1990 until September 1991,
Mr. Buckland was President of Lex Electronics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lex
plc, a London-based automotive/distribution company; and from January 1982 until
June 1990, he served as Vice President and General Manager for
Schlumberger Ltd., a diversified multinational company, in multiple locations.
Mr. Buckland is also a director of Helix Technologies Corporation.

    JAMES K. SIMS.  Mr. Sims has been a director since March 1996. He is the
Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Gen3 Partners of Boston,
Massachusetts, a position he has held since the Company's inception in 1999.
Previously, he held a similar position with Cambridge Technology Partners. Prior
to founding Cambridge Technology Partners in 1991, Mr. Sims was Chairman and
Chief Executive Officer of Concurrent Computer Corporation. Mr. Sims is also a
director of Security Dynamics Corporation.

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    INCUMBENT DIRECTOR--TERM EXPIRING IN 2002

    WINSTON R. HINDLE, JR.  Mr. Hindle has been a director since July 1995. He
was a Senior Vice President of Digital Equipment Corporation and a member of the
Executive Committee prior to his retirement in 1994 after 32 years with the
company. Mr. Hindle also serves on the Boards of Directors of Keane, Inc.,
Mestek, Inc., and Simione Central Holdings Inc.

    LARRY L. MIHALCHIK.  Mr. Mihalchik was named the Chief Executive Officer and
a Director of Internet Commerce Services Corporation (iCOMS) in January 2000.
Previously, Mr. Mihalchik served as President and Chief Executive Officer of
Atex Media Solutions, Inc., a developer and integrator of complex publishing
systems. Prior to joining Atex Media Solutions, Mr. Mihalchik served as Senior
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of M/A COM, a NYSE manufacturer of
electronic components.

    EXECUTIVE OFFICERS WHO ARE NOT DIRECTORS

    HARRY ANDERSEN.  Mr. Andersen joined the company as Senior Vice President,
Chief Financial Officer, in December 1998. Previously, he worked at Fidelity
Investments in various management capacities, including Vice President, Office
of the CFO from 1996 to 1999, and Vice President Systems Operations from 1993 to
1996. Prior to joining Fidelity, Mr. Andersen was Controller and Chief
Accounting Officer at Lotus Development Corporation and also held various
manufacturing and financial management positions at General Electric Company.

    DENNIS COCCO.  Mr. Cocco is the President of the Company's Clare-Micronix
division that was acquired by the Company in July 1998. Mr. Cocco was the
founder of Micronix Integrated Systems, Inc. in 1983 and served as President and
Chief Executive Officer until its acquisition by the Company.

    M. WILLIAM MILLER.  Since January 1999, Mr. Miller is the Company's Vice
President, Global Manufacturing, and during fiscal 2000 assumed the additional
responsibility for the DYAD-Registered Trademark- reed switch business.
Previously he served as Vice President, Worldwide Manufacturing from April of
1999 through January 1999, Vice President, Semiconductor Manufacturing from
April 1996 through April 1999, and Director of Operations, Solid State Products
Division from May 1995 through April 1996. Prior to joining the Company,
Mr. Miller worked at Analog Devices for eight years in various engineering and
operations management capacities.

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND BOARD COMMITTEES

    The business of the Company is managed under the direction of the Company's
Board of Directors. The Company's Amended and Restated Articles of Organization
provide that the Company's Board of Directors shall be divided into three
classes and that the members of each class of Directors will serve for staggered
three-year terms. The Board consists of two Class I Directors (Messrs. Hindle
and Mihalchik), two Class II Directors (Messrs. Lietz and Turner), and two
Class III Directors (Messrs. Buckland and Sims), whose terms will expire upon
the election and qualification of directors at the annual meeting of
stockholders held following the fiscal years ending March 31, 2002, 2000, and
2001, respectively. At each annual meeting of stockholders, Directors will be
re-elected or elected for a full term of three years to succeed those Directors
whose terms are expiring.

    The Company's Board of Directors has an Audit Committee to recommend the
appointment of independent accountants to audit financial statements and to
perform services related to the audit, review the scope and results of the audit
with the independent accountants, review with management and the

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independent accountants the Company's year-end operating results, consider the
adequacy of the internal accounting procedures and consider the effect of such
procedures on the accountants' independence. The Audit Committee consists of
Mr. Hindle, Chairman, and Mr. Mihalchik, both independent directors and
financially literate as defined by the National Association of Securities
Dealers. During fiscal 2000, the Committee held two meetings, adopted a formal
written charter and reviewed and assessed the adequacy of such charter.

    The Company's Board of Directors has a Compensation Committee to review and
recommend the compensation arrangements for all directors and executive
officers, approve such arrangements for other senior level employees and
administers certain compensation and incentive plans of the Company and its
subsidiaries. The Compensation Committee consists of Mr. Turner, Chairman, and
Mr. Hindle. During fiscal 2000 the Compensation Committee held one meeting.

    Officers of the Company are elected annually at the first meeting of the
Board of Directors following the annual meeting of stockholders and serve at the
discretion of the Board of Directors.

    During the fiscal year ended March 31, 2000, the Board of Directors held six
meetings. All directors attended at least 75% of the total number of meetings of
the Board of Directors and all committees of the Board on which they served.

COMPENSATION OF DIRECTORS

    Non-employee directors ("Independent Directors") of the Company receive an
annual fee of $20,000 and are reimbursed for travel expenses incurred in
attending meetings of the Board of Directors and its committees. In addition,
under the Stock Option Plan, each Independent Director then serving was granted
a stock option to purchase 10,000 shares of Common Stock upon the effectiveness
of the Company's initial public offering in June 1995 and receives an annual
stock option to purchase 10,000 shares of Common Stock. Each new Independent
Director will, upon initial election to the Board of Directors, be granted a
stock option to purchase 10,000 shares of the Company's Common Stock and will
receive an annual stock option grant to purchase 10,000 shares of Common Stock,
beginning the year following such director's initial election to the Board. All
options granted to Independent Directors vest in full one year after they are
granted, and the exercise price of each stock option is the fair market value of
the Common Stock on the date the option is granted. Directors who are employees
of the Company are not paid any separate fees for serving as directors.

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EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

    SUMMARY COMPENSATION TABLE.  The following table sets forth for the fiscal
years ended March 31, 2000, 1999 and 1998, the cash and non-cash compensation
awarded to the (i) Chief Executive Officer and (ii) each of the four most highly
compensated executive officers (the "Named Executive Officers") of the Company
whose compensation exceeded $100,000 in salary and bonus during the fiscal year
ended March 31, 2000 and who were employed by the Company in such capacities at
end of the fiscal year 2000.

                           SUMMARY COMPENSATION TABLE

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                                                ANNUAL COMPENSATION            COMPENSATION AWARDS
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                                                                       SECURITIES UNDERLYING    ALL OTHER
                                      FISCAL     SALARY    BONUS (1)          OPTIONS          COMPENSATION
NAME AND PRINCIPAL POSITION            YEAR        $           $                 #                  $
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Arthur R. Buckland.................    2000     385,008          --                --               18,921(2)
  President & Chief Executive          1999     384,470          --            50,000               17,203(2)
  Officer                              1998     353,821     209,875                --               19,490(2)

Dennis Cocco.......................    2000     210,077          --            41,852              290,693(3)
  President, Clare-Micronix            1999     176,230          --           240,000              161,100(3)
  Division                             1998          --          --                --                   --

William D. Reed*...................    2000     240,077          --                --               12,045(4)
  Executive Vice President Sales &     1999     230,000          --            30,000               10,963(4)
  Marketing                            1998     207,692      76,762                --               15,854(4)

Harry Andersen.....................    2000     160,000          --                --               11,492(5)
  Senior Vice President & Chief        1999      43,076          --            50,000                1,950(5)
  Financial Officer                    1998          --          --                --                   --

M. William Miller..................    2000     145,000          --                --               12,480(6)
  Vice President, Global Operations    1999     131,108          --            15,000                4,543(6)
                                       1998     106,986      24,725             5,000                3,207(6)
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*   Mr. Reed resigned June 6, 2000.

(1) Bonuses earned in fiscal 1998 were awarded to the Named Executive Officers
    and paid by the Company in the following fiscal year.

(2) Includes insurance premiums of $1,400, $1,320,, and $1,230 paid by the
    Company, matching contributions of $9,721, $8,083, and $10,910 made by the
    Company on behalf of Mr. Buckland under the Company's 401(k) Savings Plan
    for fiscal years 2000, 1999, and 1998, respectively, and a car allowance of
    $7,800 each in fiscal years 2000 and 1999 and $7,350 in fiscal 1998.

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(3) Includes $250,000 and $125,000 in fiscal years 2000 and 1999, respectively,
    paid pursuant to Mr. Cocco's non-competition agreement with the Company
    pursuant to which Mr. Cocco is entitled to receive a total of $1,250,000
    payable in equal installments over five years in accordance with the
    Company's payroll practices. Includes insurance premiums of $9,747 and
    $14,981 paid by the Company for fiscal 2000 and 1999, respectively, and auto
    lease payments made by the Company of $28,159 and $21,119 for fiscal years
    2000 and 1999.

(4) Includes insurance premiums of $234, $218, and $208 paid by the Company,
    matching contributions of $4,611, $3,545 and $9,162 made by the Company on
    behalf of Mr. Reed under the Company's 401(k) Savings Plan, and a car
    allowance of $7,200, $7,200, and $6,484 for fiscal years 2000, 1999, and
    1998 respectively.

(5) Includes matching contributions of $3,692 by the Company on behalf of
    Mr. Andersen under the Company's 401(k) Savings Plan for fiscal year 2000
    and a car allowance of $7,800 and $1,950 for fiscal years 2000 and 1999,
    respectively.

(6) Includes insurance premiums of $330 paid by the Company for fiscal year 2000
    and matching contributions of $4,350, $4,543 and $3,207 made by the Company
    on behalf of Mr. Miller for fiscal years 2000, 1999, and 1998 respectively.
    Includes a car allowance of $7,800 for the fiscal year 2000.

    OPTION GRANTS IN FISCAL YEAR 2000.  The following table sets forth certain
information concerning grants of stock options made during the fiscal year ended
March 31, 2000 to each of the Named Executive Officers:

                       OPTION GRANTS IN LAST FISCAL YEAR*

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                PERCENT OF
                              NUMBER OF       TOTAL OPTIONS
                              SECURITIES         GRANTED        EXERCISE                  GRANT
                              UNDERLYING       TO EMPLOYEES      PRICE      EXPIRATION     DATE
NAME                       OPTIONS GRANTED    IN FISCAL YEAR   PER SHARE     DATE(1)     VALUE**
----                       ----------------   --------------   ----------   ----------   --------
<S>                        <C>                <C>              <C>          <C>          <C>
Dennis Cocco.............       41,852             8.7%          $3.625      05/11/09    $151,714
</TABLE>

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*   Options listed in the table above are non-qualified stock options under the
    Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and are exercisable in equal
    amounts over five years from the date of grant. The expiration date of an
    option is the tenth anniversary of the date on which the option was
    originally granted. Options would be immediately exercisable upon the
    occurrence of a change in control as set forth in Section 15 of the 1995
    Stock Option and Incentive Plan.

**  Black-Scholes method of valuation

    OPTION EXERCISES AND YEAR-END HOLDINGS.  The following table sets forth the
aggregate number of options exercised in fiscal 2000, and the value of options
held on March 31, 2000, by the Company's Chief Executive Officer and Named
Executive Officers.

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                     OPTION EXERCISES AND YEAR-END HOLDINGS

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                          SHARES                     OPTIONS AT FISCAL   OPTIONS AT FISCAL
                                        ACQUIRED ON                    YEAR-END (#)       YEAR-END ($)(1)
                                         EXERCISE        VALUE         EXERCISABLE/        EXERCISABLE/
NAME                                        (#)       REALIZED ($)     UNEXERCISABLE       UNEXERCISABLE
----                                    -----------   ------------   -----------------   -----------------
<S>                                     <C>           <C>            <C>                 <C>
Arthur R. Buckland....................          --            --      262,421/215,000      809,868/90,000
Dennis Cocco..........................          --            --       56,371/225,481           0/204,029
William D. Reed.......................          --            --       66,000/124,000       13,500/54,000
Harry Andersen........................          --            --        10,000/40,000       23,440/93,760
M. William Miller.....................          --            --        45,250/19,000        9,000/28,500
</TABLE>

(1) Based on the fair market value at the fiscal year end less the option
    exercise price.

EMPLOYMENT AND CONSULTING AGREEMENTS

    The Company has entered into the following employment agreements:

    ARTHUR R. BUCKLAND.  Under an agreement dated September 15, 1993,
Mr. Buckland shall serve as President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of
the Company at an annual salary of at least $275,000. Mr. Buckland is also
eligible to participate in the Company's management bonus plan. Under the
agreement, Mr. Buckland received options to purchase 492,107 shares of Common
Stock, one-fifth of which vested upon grant and the rest of which vested in
equal annual installments over the following four years, all of which were fully
vested as of March 31, 2000. In the event that Mr. Buckland terminates his
employment for Good Reason (as defined in the agreement, including a Change in
Control) or Mr. Buckland's employment is terminated by the Company without Cause
(as defined in the agreement) or because the Company elects not to extend the
term of the agreement, the Company shall continue to pay Mr. Buckland for a
period of 12 months following his termination. Mr. Buckland has agreed not to
compete with the Company or solicit customers or employees of the Company for a
period of two years following the termination of employment with the Company.
The initial term of the agreement expired on September 15, 1995, but was
extended and will continue to be extended for one-year periods thereafter unless
terminated by either party on 60 days' notice.

    OTHER EXECUTIVE OFFICERS.  The Company has entered into Employment
Agreements (together, the "Management Employment Agreements") with
Messrs. Andersen, Cocco, Miller, and Reed (together, the "Contracting Parties").
The Management Employment Agreements provide that each Contracting Party shall
receive a base salary and be entitled to participate in any bonus program
implemented by the Company. Each Contracting Party has also been granted options
to purchase shares of the Company's Common Stock, such options to vest ratably
over a five year period. If a Contracting Party is terminated by the Company
without Cause, by the Contracting Party for Good Reason, or in the event of a
Change of Control (as all such terms are defined in the applicable Management
Employment Agreement), the Company is obligated to continue to pay the
Contracting Party for twelve months following termination.

STOCK PERFORMANCE GRAPH

    The following graph provides a comparison, from the Company's initial public
offering on June 21, 1995 through March 31, 2000, of the cumulative total
stockholder return (assuming reinvestment of any dividends) among the Company,
the NASDAQ Composite Index, and the NASDAQ Computers Index. The historical
information set forth below is not necessarily indicative of future performance.

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EDGAR REPRESENTATION OF DATA POINTS USED IN PRINTED GRAPHIC

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
          C.P. CLARE CORPORATION  NASDAQ COMPUTERS  NASDAQ COMPOSITE
<S>       <C>                     <C>               <C>
03/31/96                     100               100               100
03/31/97                      54               128               116
03/31/98                      71               203               167
03/31/99                      19               344               223
03/31/00                      44               711               415
</TABLE>

REPORT OF THE COMPENSATION COMMITTEE

    OBJECTIVE OF THE COMPANY'S COMPENSATION PROGRAM.  The Company's executive
compensation program is intended to attract, retain and reward executives who
are capable of and responsible for leading the Company effectively and
continuing its growth. The Company's objective is to utilize a combination of
cash and equity-based compensation to provide appropriate incentives for
executives while aligning their interests with those of the Company's
stockholders.

    The Company uses a three-pronged approach to its compensation program.
First, the executive's base salary is intended to create a competitive level of
compensation for each executive for the following twelve months. Second, the
Company maintains an annual incentive bonus program for executive officers and
certain other members of management under which bonuses are payable based upon
the achievement of corporate and individual performance goals which are set each
fiscal year. Bonuses can be paid in cash or stock. The objective of the annual
incentive bonus program is to encourage effective performance relative to
current plans and objectives. Effective with the start of the 1999 fiscal year,
the Board of Directors adopted a Voluntary Deferred Compensation Plan for Key
Employees which allows designated Executive Officers to defer the payment of
their annual bonuses until their retirement. Finally, the Company utilizes stock
options permitted to be granted under the 1995 Stock Option and Incentive Plan
as a long-term incentive for the executive officers. The Company believes that
stock options are an important mechanism of aligning management and stockholder
interests and retaining effective management. Accordingly, options generally
provide for pro rata incremental vesting over a five-year period.

    COMPENSATION COMMITTEE PROCEDURES.  The Company's executive compensation
program is administered under the direction of the Compensation Committee, which
is comprised of two non-employee directors. At the Board of Director's meeting
which most closely coincides with the Company's fiscal year-end, the Chief
Executive Officer's bonus, if any, is determined for the past year's performance
and his base salary is set for the following fiscal year, and option grants for
the officers and other employees may

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be determined. With respect to the compensation of the Chief Executive Officer,
the Committee exercises its independent discretion in determining his
compensation, subject to review by all of the non-employee directors. With
respect to the compensation of the other executive officers, the Compensation
Committee relies to a significant extent on recommendations by Mr. Buckland as
the Company's Chief Executive Officer, which are given in the framework of the
Company's overall compensation philosophy.

    COMPENSATION OF THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER.  The Compensation Committee
considers the Company's financial performance to be a significant determinant in
Mr. Buckland's overall compensation package. The Committee considers the
Company's sales, earnings and return on capital and the growth thereof, to be
the most important performance factors in setting Mr. Buckland's compensation.
Along with these corporate performance factors, the directors also consider
subjective factors, including Mr. Buckland's leadership role and his efforts on
behalf of the Company in developing the Company's reputation among both its
customer and investor bases during the year. The Committee has set
Mr. Buckland's total annual compensation, including that derived from the
Company's bonus and option program, at a level it believes to be competitive
with other companies in its industry.

    During the 2000 fiscal year, Mr. Buckland's annual cash compensation was set
at $385,000. Because of the Company's failure to achieve its financial goals,
including bookings, revenue and earnings per share, Mr. Buckland did not receive
a bonus for the 2000 fiscal year. In March 1997, the Compensation Committee
granted performance stock option awards to the Chief Executive Officer and other
executive officers. The performance stock options were given in order to
(a) provide long-term incentives for senior executives, (b) balance short-term
incentives and focus management on long-term results, (c) reward executives for
attaining high performance levels, and (d) retain key executives during the next
critical period of the Company's growth. The awards are designed to cover a
three-year award cycle and vesting is contingent upon the achievement of
performance targets ratified by the full Board of Directors. The awards granted
during the 1997 fiscal year were to vest 50% on March 31, 2000 and 100% on
March 31, 2002, if the performance goals relating to the achievement of
compounded growth on earnings per share are achieved. Since the performance
goals were not met, no performance option shares vested on March 31, 2000. The
performance options vest in all cases on March 4, 2004, subject to the continued
employment of the executive officer. Pursuant to this program, in March 1997 the
Board awarded Mr. Buckland options to purchase 125,000 shares.

    COMPENSATION OF OTHER EXECUTIVE OFFICERS.  The Company's executive
compensation program utilizes several different performance factors in
determining the compensation of the Company's other executive officers. Each
executive officer's compensation is based upon the achievement of specific
individual and Company performance goals. During fiscal 2000, each executive
officer's compensation was set at what the committee determined to be
competitive levels. During fiscal 2000, the Named Executive Officers were
granted options as described in the table entitled Option Grants in Last Fiscal
Year.

    COMPLIANCE WITH INTERNAL REVENUE CODE SECTION 162(M).  The Securities and
Exchange Commission requires that this report comment upon the Company's policy
with respect to Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.
This section generally limits the deductibility on the Company's tax return of
compensation over $1 million to the chief executive officer and any of the named
executive officers of the Company unless the compensation is paid pursuant to a
plan which is performance-related, non-discretionary and has been approved by
the Company's stockholders. The Committee's policy with respect to
Section 162(m) is to make every reasonable effort to ensure that compensation is

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deductible to the extent permitted and appropriate while simultaneously
providing executives with appropriate rewards for their performance.

                                          Submitted by the Compensation
                                          Committee:
                                          John G. Turner, Chairman
                                          Winston R. Hindle, Jr.

COMPENSATION COMMITTEE INTERLOCKS AND INSIDER PARTICIPATION

    No member of the Compensation Committee is an officer or employee of the
Company, and no executive officer of the Company serves on the compensation
committee of an entity or serves as a director of an entity, in which one of its
executive officers serves on the Compensation Committee of the Company or serves
as a director of the Company.

SECTION 16(A) BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP REPORTING COMPLIANCE

    Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, requires
the Company's executive officers, directors and persons who beneficially own
more than 10% of a registered class of the Company's equity securities, to file
reports of ownership and changes in ownership with the Securities and Exchange
Commission and the National Association of Securities Dealers. Officers,
directors and greater than 10% beneficial owners are required by Securities and
Exchange Commission regulations to furnish the Company with copies of all forms
they file in compliance with Section 16(a). To the Company's knowledge, based
solely on its review of the copies of such reports furnished to the Company and
written representations that no other reports were required during the fiscal
year ended March 31, 2000, other than as set forth herein, all Section 16(a)
filing requirements applicable to its executive officers, directors and greater
than 10% beneficial owners were satisfied.

CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS

    None.

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                                 OTHER MATTERS

PRINCIPAL STOCKHOLDERS

    The following table sets forth the beneficial ownership of Common Stock of
who the Company believes to be the beneficial owner of more than a 5% of the
Company's Common Stock on March 31, 2000. Ownership information was obtained
from Nasdaq-Amex-Online.com based on stockholder filings with the Securities and
Exchange Commission.

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                                 NUMBER OF
NAME AND BUSINESS ADDRESS                                          SHARES                 PERCENT OF
OF BENEFICIAL OWNERS                                         BENEFICIALLY OWNED         ALL SHARES (*)
-------------------------                                    ------------------         --------------
<S>                                                          <C>                        <C>
EQSF Advisors, Inc.........................................       1,571,850                  16.4%
767 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017-2023
M.J. Whitman Advisors, Inc.

Wisconsin Investment Board.................................       1,310,700                  13.7%
121 East Wilson Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53702

Dimensional Fund Advisors Inc..............................         762,500                   7.9%
1299 Ocean Avenue
11(th) Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Allen R. Hart, et al.......................................         725,500                   7.6%
2501 Marlboro Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc....................................         671,950                   7.0%
250 Vesey Street
World Financial Center Floor 23
New York, NY 10281
on behalf of:
Merrill Lynch Asset Management Group
</TABLE>

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*   As of March 31, 2000, there were 9,591,266 shares of Common Stock
    outstanding.

SOLICITATION OF PROXIES

    The cost of solicitation of proxies in the form enclosed herewith will be
paid by the Company. In addition to the solicitation of proxies by mail, the
directors, officers and employees of the Company may also solicit proxies
personally or by telephone without additional compensation for such activities.
The Company does not intend to engage a proxy solicitation firm to assist in the
solicitation of proxies.

    The Company will also request persons, firms and corporations holding shares
in their names or in the names of their nominees, which are beneficially owned
by others, to send proxy materials to and obtain proxies from such beneficial
owners. The Company will reimburse such holders for their reasonable expenses.

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STOCKHOLDER PROPOSALS

    Stockholder proposals submitted pursuant to Securities and Exchange Act of
1934 ("1934 Act") Rule 14a-8 for inclusion in the Company's proxy statement and
form of proxy for the year 2001 annual meeting of stockholders must be received
in writing by the Company before March 31, 2001. Such proposals must also comply
with the requirements as to form and substance established by the Securities and
Exchange Commission if such proposals are to be included in the proxy statement
and form of proxy. Any such proposals should be mailed to C.P. Clare
Corporation, 78 Cherry Hill Drive, Beverly, MA 01915, Attn.: Clerk.

    Stockholder proposals to be presented at the 2001 annual meeting of
stockholders, other than stockholder proposals submitted pursuant to 1934 Act
Rule 14a-8, must be received in writing by the Company not earlier than May 23,
2001 or later than July 7, 2001, unless the year 2000 annual meeting of
stockholders is scheduled to take place before August 22, 2000 or after
November 22, 2000. The Company's Bylaws provide that any stockholder wishing to
nominate a director or have a stockholder proposal, other than a stockholder
proposal submitted pursuant to 1934 Act Rule 14a-8, considered at an annual
meeting must provide written notice of such nomination or proposal and
appropriate supporting documentation, as set forth in the Bylaws, to the Company
not less than 75 days nor more than 120 days prior to the anniversary of the
immediately preceding annual meeting of stockholders (the "Anniversary Date");
provided, however, that in the event that the annual meeting is scheduled to be
held more than 30 calendar days prior to or more than 60 calendar days after the
Anniversary Date, such nominations or proposals must be delivered to the Company
not later than the later of 75 calendar days prior to or 15 calendar days after
the date on which public announcement of the date of such meeting is first made.
Any such proposals should be mailed to C.P. Clare Corporation, 78 Cherry Hill
Drive, Beverly, MA 01915, Attn: Clerk.

OTHER MATTERS

    The Board of Directors does not know of any matters other than those
described in this Proxy Statement which will be presented for action at the
Annual Meeting. If other matters are presented, proxies will be voted in
accordance with the best judgment of the proxy holders.

REGARDLESS OF THE NUMBER OF SHARES YOU OWN, YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT TO THE
COMPANY. PLEASE COMPLETE, SIGN, DATE AND PROMPTLY RETURN THE ENCLOSED PROXY CARD
TODAY.

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