Sharon Hartline | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Sharon Hartline
Sharon Hartline

Sharon Hartline

Partner, Hong Kong

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“Sharon Hartline is acclaimed for combining the virtues of ‘a great relationship partner and a very experienced funds attorney.’ Her versatile funds expertise extends to real estate, secondary opportunity and special situation spheres, and she acts for both Asian fund sponsors and investors from around the world.”

Chambers Global, 2016


Acclaimed corporate and finance lawyer Sharon Hartline offers clients the benefit of more than 20 years' practice experience. She has spent the majority of this time in Asia, working in the areas of private equity, private investment funds, corporate and finance work.

She has helped sponsors in Asia to set up various types of private equity funds, including traditional, distressed debt, real estate and secondary opportunity funds, hybrid funds, hedge funds and fund of funds. Investors in such funds have included US tax exempt, US state pension plan and ERISA investors, as well as various non-US HNW individual and institutional investors.

Sharon has advised clients from the United States, Europe and Asia, on their investments in private investment funds focused on the Asian region. She has also counseled hedge fund managers and private equity funds on various complex US and HK regulatory issues, including licensing and registration matters. In addition, she has represented international funds in numerous investment and finance transactions.

Ranked as a leading lawyer by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2016 and Chambers Global 2016, one of Sharon's clients is quoted as saying that she is "a great relationship partner and a very experienced funds attorney." The previous year, she was described as somebody who "knows what she's doing, manages her team well, has good relationships with the US office, and is proactive when we have issues with agreements and negotiations."

Bars and Courts

  • Solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong
  • New York State Bar


  • JD, Columbia Law School
  • BA, Muhlenberg College


  • English



  • House Passes Private Fund Investment Advisers Registration Act - Implications for Non-US Advisers, White & Case Client Alert, January 2010
  • Frustrated hedge fund potential, Financial Times, November 2005
  • Regulation of managers of offshore funds in Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong, Guide to Hedge Funds in Hong Kong, April 2005
  • The start-up conundrum: Where is the best place to set up a fund management business in Asia—Hong Kong or Singapore?, Asian Counsel, March 2005

Awards & Recognition

The International Who's Who of Private Funds Lawyers, 2011 – 2015

Leading Lawyer (Band 2): Investment Funds - China, Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2013 - 2014

Leading Lawyer (Band 2): Investment Funds - Hong Kong, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2012-2014

Expert Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law, 2013