Sharon Hartline

Partner, Hong Kong


“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


Ms. Hartline, a corporate and finance lawyer, has more than 20 years' practice experience, with the majority of her time spent in Asia in the areas of private equity, private investment funds, corporate and project finance work. She has set up private equity-style funds of various types, including (traditional, distressed debt, real estate, credit and secondary opportunity funds), hybrid funds, hedge funds and fund of funds for various fund sponsors in Asia. Investors in such funds have included US tax exempt, US state pension plan and ERISA investors, as well as various non-US HNW individual, family office, SWF and other institutional investors. She has also acted for a variety of investors from the United States, the Middle East, Europe and Asia investing in private investment funds (infrastructure, buy-out, real estate and fund of funds) focused globally or just on the Asian region and has advised managers of hedge funds and private equity funds on various US and HK regulatory issues, including licensing and registration matters. Ms. Hartline has also acted on numerous investment and finance transactions for various international funds.

Ranked as a leading lawyer by Chambers Asia-Pacific and Chambers Global, one of Ms. Hartline 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." Market commentators highlight Ms. Hartline as a "dedicated funds lawyer." They also note her "technical knowledge of industry and practices". She has been named one of IFLR1000's Women's Leaders, where she is recognized as a standout performer among the best transactional specialists in her practice area with a track record of high profile innovative deals.

Bars and Courts
Solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong
New York State Bar
Columbia Law School
Muhlenberg College



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 and Recognition

Ranked by Chambers 2016, 2017

Leading Individual for Investment Funds in China – Chambers Asia-Pacific (2013 - 2017)

Leading Individual for Investment Funds in Hong Kong – Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2012-2017)

IFLR1000 Woman Leader, 2018

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

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

Ranked Tier 1 for Hedge Funds in Greater China – Chambers Asia 2012

Best Law Firm for Alternative Assets, AsianInvestor Service Provider Awards (2011, 2009)

Best Law Firm for Asset Management, Asia Asset Management Awards (2011, 2009, 2007)