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

Sharon Hartline

Partner, Hong Kong

T +852 2822 8733

T +852 2822 8700

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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

Overview

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".

Bars and Courts

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

Education

  • JD, Columbia Law School
  • BA, Muhlenberg College

Languages

  • English

Experience

Publications

  • 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