Sharon Henrick

Sharon Henrick

Sharon Henrick is a Partner in our Competition Law Team, a former head of the Team and our media Practice Group and a leading player in Competition Law in Australasia. Sharon’s practice consists of market-leading, law-making, high profile matters (particularly on large scale commercial transactions and investigations which have a competition law in the Asia Pacific region).
As one of only a small number of lawyers who provided legal advice to the Business Council of Australia on the Harper Panel’s Competition Law and Policy Review and an expert witness on legal matters for a Senate Economics Reference Committee, Sharon is widely recognised as a ‘Go To’ expert in her field. She is highly regarded by clients and practitioners alike for her reassuring approach, strategic thinking, responsiveness and track record of no failures


Global Competition Review's 150 Women in Antitrust 2016

Winner, Client Choice Awards - Antitrust Australia 2016

Sharon’s work has seen her:

  • Acting for WTW as Australian antitrust counsel on its USD 41.6 merger with Aon
  • Acting for the majority of financiers of Virgin Australia during its administration and sale
  • Acting for 7-Eleven on its COVID related applications to the ACCC for authorisation
  • Acting for Luxottica and Essilor as their lead Australian antirust counsel on their $69 billion merger
  • Acting for Chemchina  as Australian antirust counsel on its $43billion takeover of Syngenta AG
  • Acting for BG as their lead Australian antitrust counsel on its $94 billion merger with Shell
  • Advising Primary Health Care and Healius on the ACCC’s investigation of its acquisition of Healthscope’s Queensland pathology business and subsequent divestiture of assets
  • Advising China Merchants Group and Hastings Infrastructure on their acquisition of the Port of Newcastle, one of the world’s largest coal export ports
  • Representing British Airways across the Asia Pacific on investigations into cartel conduct in the air cargo industry and in respect of alliances with other airlines
  • Advising Chinalco on its acquisition of an 18% stake in Rio Tinto and on various direct investments with Rio Tinto
  • Advising Lion in respect of various matters in the food and beverages industry in Australia, including the recent de-merger and sale of its dairy business
  • Advising Glencore on its acquisition of Viterra, on Viterra’s application for exemption from the Bulk Wheat Ports Code and its joint venture with Yancoal
  • Advising Nestle' in relation to various acquisitions, including its acquisition of Pfizer's infant nutrition business
  • Advising Universal Pictures on its joint venture with Sony
  • Advising Citigroup and EMI on the demerger and sale of EMI to Universal and Sony
  • Advising Hancock (Manuel Life) on various acquisitions of forestry assets

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Current accolades

  • The Legal 500 – Asia Pacific – Hall of Fame – 2021, previously listed as a Leading Lawyer for successive years
  • Chambers Asia Pacific – Leading Lawyer – Antitrust - successive years and currently
  • IFLR – Leading Lawyer – Antitrust - successive years and currently
  • Global Competition Review’s Who’s Who Legal: Competition – successive years and currently
  • Asialaw’s Leading Lawyers – Antitrust - successive years and currently
  • Named by GCR as one of the Global 150 Women in Antitrust -  2016
  • Client Choice Awards – Client Choice Award for Competition and Antitrust in Australia - 2016
  • Euromoney’s Antitrust Counsel of the Year – Australia – 2013
  • Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Competition & Antitrust Experts – successive years and currently
  • The Australian Financial Review, Best Lawyers (Competition and Regulatory Practice) – successive years and currently

Industry contribution and thought leadership

Sharon has presented papers on competition law topics at legal conferences in Australia and Asia. She is one of the lecturers for Sydney University's Masters of Laws and has presented papers at conferences convened by the International Bar Association, as well as at various conferences in Australia, including conferences convened by the ACCC. Sharon hosts Chatham House lunches with Commissioners and Executives from the ACCC, key Executive General Managers, and senior politicians, including Ministers.

Sharon has authored/co-authored the Australian chapter for Chambers Global Practice Guides on Merger Control; the Australian chapter for Chambers Global Practice Guides on Cartels; the Australian chapters for ICLG’s Merger Control; GCR’s Market Insights on Merger Control; the Australian chapter for ICLG’s Cartels & Leniency; the Australia chapters for Getting the Deal Through on Market Intelligence and, separately, on Merger Control; the Annual China Update for the Australian Journal of Competition & Consumer Law and “Recent Developments in Australia’s Merger Control Regime” for LexisNexis’ Mergers & Acquisitions Law Guide.

Professional memberships

  • Law Council of Australia - Trade Practices Committee - Member
  • International Bar Association - Antitrust Section - Member
  • The American Bar Association - Section of Antitrust Law - Member
  • The Interdisciplinary Centre for Competition Law and Policy, Queen Mary, University of London - Affiliate.

Location

Legal insights

NSW Fair Trading is likely to be more actively monitoring and enforcing new disclosure obligations introduced in 2020, which require suppliers to consumers to take extra steps to disclose certain...

11 May 2021

In his annual address to the Committee for Economic Development Australia on 23 February 2021, Chair Rod Sims announced the ACCC’s Compliance and Enforcement Priorities for 2021.

24 February 2021

ACCC commences new inquiry into perishable agricultural products and the dairy code.

04 September 2020

The Federal Government has announced that it will direct the ACCC to conduct a market inquiry into the water markets operating in the MDB.

06 August 2020

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