Sharon Henrick

Sharon Henrick

Sharon Henrick heads-up KWM’s Australian Competition Law Team and is 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 application 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 is a strategic adviser on her clients’ complex, high-profile, high-value, ‘game changing’ competition deals. Examples include:

  • Acting for Luxottica and Essilor as their lead Australian antirust counsel on their $69 billion merger
  • Advising on the Australian competition angle of the Chemchina’s $43billion takeover of Sygenta AG
  • Acting for BG as their lead Australian antitrust counsel on its $94 billion merger with Shell
  • Advising Primary Health Care 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 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 Lion in respect of various matters in the food and beverages industry in Australia
  • Advising Glencore on its acquisition of Viterra and its joint venture with Yancoal
  • Advising ArcelorMittal on its and Peabody's acquisition of MacAurthur Coal
  • Advice Nestle' in relation to various acquisitions, including its acquisition of Pfizer's infant nutrition business
  • Advising Luxottica on its acquisition of Optifashion
  • 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 Travelex on the sale of its global payments business to Western Union
  • Advice to BHP Billiton in relation to its alumina business
  • Advising Global Television on its acquisition of Cutting Edge
  • Advising DIC on its acquisition of Pacific Inks
  • Providing advice to Hancock in relation to its proposed acquisition of forestry assets in South Australia.

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Sharon has led her team to become market-leading advisors on significant, complex cartel, merger, competition and consumer litigation and investigations. This includes Sharon’s role Assisting Lion with the ACCC’s long-running investigation into tied beer contracts, on ABI InBev’s acquisition of SAB Miller and on the ACCC’s market study into the Australian dairy industry, as well as Cabcharge on its undertaking to the ACCC to give third parties access to its in-taxi payment system and its acquisition of Yellow Cabs Queensland.

Sharon has been instrumental in building the competition law capability of our Hong Kong practice (recognised as a Tier 1 team), was the first senior partner to spend time on secondment in our Beijing office and is an active member of the Law Council of Australia’s Competition and Consumer Committee. Most recently, Sharon lead the Committee’s submission to the Federal Treasury on the Government’s response to those of the Harper Committee’s recommendations that touch upon Australia’s merger control regime.

Current accolades

  • Euromoney’s 2018 Guide to the World’s Leading Competition & Antitrust Experts
  • KWM’s in-house Australian Brexit advisor for local clients with operations in the UK
  • Appointed (2016) to the panel of Chairs of Medicines Australia
  • Named by GCR as one of the Global 150 Women in Antitrust 2016
  • Client Choice Awards – Exclusive Winner of the 2016 Client Choice Award for Competition and Antitrust in Australia
  • The Australian Financial Review, Best Lawyers (Competition and Regulatory Practice) 2013-2017
  • Listed as a Leading Individual in Chambers Asia Pacific – successive years and currently
  • Listed as Leading Lawyer in Competition – IFLR - successive years and currently
  • Listed as Leading Individual in The Legal 500 – Asia Pacific – successive years and currently
  • Recognised in Global Competition Review’s Who’s Who Legal: Competition – successive years and currently
  • Asialaw’s Leading Lawyers – successive years and currently
  • Shortlisted for Lawyers’ Weekly ‘Partner of the Year 2016’ in Competition, Regulatory & Trade’.

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. Sharon hosts Chatham House lunches with Commissioners and Executives from the ACCC, key Executive General Managers, and senior politicians, including Ministers.

Sharon is an author/co-author of the Australian chapter for Chambers Global Practice Guides on Merger Control and Chambers Global Practice Guides on Cartels; the Australian chapters for ICLG’s Merger Control; for GCR’s Market Insights on Merger Control; the Australian chapter for ICLG’s Cartels & Leniency; the Australia chapters for Getting the Deal Through – Market Intelligence on Merger Control and is a co-author (with Susan Ning, the Head of the firm’s China-based Competition Law Team) of the China Update for the Australian Journal of Competition & Consumer Law, an author of “Recent Developments in Australia’s Merger Control Regime” for Lexisnexis’ Mergers & Acquisitions Law Guide and an author on PLC’s Competition Law Updates.

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.


Legal insights

On 18 September the Federal Government reintroduced Treasury Laws Amendment (Prohibiting Energy Market Misconduct) Bill 2019 into Parliament.

20 September 2019

From 1 October 2019, the ACCC will apply an updated cartel immunity and cooperation policy.

09 September 2019

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

09 August 2019

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions each have power to apply to the Federal Court of Australia for penalties against employees and...

10 October 2018

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