Sharon Henrick
King & Wood Mallesons
Competition Law
Level 61, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2000
Competition Lawyer of the Year - Australia
Main Practice Area

Competition Law


1989: Bachelor of Arts degree, Australian National University

1990: Graduate Diploma in Applied Economics, University of Canberra

1994: Bachelor of Laws degree (First Class Honours), Australian National University

1994: Solicitor at Blake Dawson Waldron

1997: Solicitor, Senior Associate (1998), and Partner (2004), Mallesons Stephen Jaques

2012 to current: Partner, King & Wood Mallesons

2014 to current:  Head of Competition Law and Regulatory Team – Australia, King & Wood Mallesons

Law Council of Australia – Competition and Consumer 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


Sharon is the Head of King & Wood Mallesons’ Australia-based Competition Law and Regulatory Team. 

Sharon principally advises clients on large scale commercial transactions and investigations which have a competition law application in Australia or the Asia Pacific Region.  According to Client Choice, Sharon’s clients describe her as: “A highly competent lawyer who delivers great client experience; she is very reassuring, she is a strategic thinker and problem solver and offers excellent turnaround times;” “responsive, energetic, commercially astute and legally accurate”; “excelling in her, often complex, field;”  “her advice and wise counsel is exceptional; not only is it sound, but it is articulated clearly and in a form that is readily understood;” and “she manages differing views of stakeholders brilliantly, steering them towards the right answer and approach.”

Sharon is widely recognised as a leader in her field. She is listed as one of the world's top 100 female competition law practitioners by Global Competition Review, one of the world’s top 100 advisors by Deal Makers and one of the world's top 500 lawyers by the Intercontinental Finance Magazine.  Sharon is a recipient of numerous awards, including Global Competition Law Review's Merger Control Matter of the Year - Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa; Euromoney's Women in Business Law Award for Competition – Australia, Lawyer Monthly's Competition / Antitrust Lawyer of the Year – Australia and Client Choice’s Australian Competition Law Advisor of the Year in 2016.  Sharon is ranked as an elite practitioner by Global Competition Law Review, and listed as a leader in directories, including the Asia Pacific Legal 500, IFLR and Chambers Asia Pacific.

Some of Sharon’s key matters include assisting:

  • British Airways across the Asia Pacific in relation to investigations of cartel conduct in the air cargo industry
  • ChemChina on the Australian aspects of its USD43billion acquisition of Syngenta in the agrochemicals sector, gaining unconditional clearance in Australia at a time when the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission was reviewing a wave of consolidation in the sector
  • British Gas on the Australian aspects of its USD53billion merger with Shell, said to be the twelfth largest merger ever, and at a time when the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission was conducting a market study into Australia’s East Coast Gas Market
  • Nestlé on the Australian aspects of its acquisition of Pfizer’s infant formula business, which required remedies in Australia
  • Hastings Infrastructure and China Merchants Group on their successful bid for the Port of Newcastle, one of the world’s largest coal export ports
  • Dometic on the Australian aspects of its acquisition of Attwood, where the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission accepted, at an early stage of its investigation, a hold separate undertaking to allow global completion to occur (the first such undertaking ever accepted by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) and the Commission cleared the transaction after a Phase 2 review without a remedy, with Dometic gaining a share of more than 70% of the market in Australia
  • Glencore on the Australian aspects of its acquisition of Viterra’s bulk wheat handling business, where the focus was on potential vertical effects
  • NBC Universal on its distribution joint venture with Sony
  • EMI on the Australian aspects of its demerger and sale to each of Sony and Universal
  • Lion, Australia’s largest brewer, during the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s long running beer tying investigation
  • Cabcharge, Australia’s largest taxi payments operator, during a long running investigation by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission into alleged abuse of dominance, which was resolved by a remedy allow third parties access to Cabcharge’s payment system

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