Sharon Whitehouse

Partner | London

Client services contact Mandi Gornall


Sharon is a partner in the corporate team.

Sharon is based in London and, having spent 16 years practising law in Italy, leads the firm's English law team in Milan.

She acts for both corporate/fund clients and high net worth/ultra high net worth individuals. Her practice focuses on equity investments in private companies on both investor and investee side, at each fundraising stage in a company's life cycle, as well as M&A transactions (both share and asset sales and venture-backed M&A) and group restructurings.

She has a particular focus on acting for founders and investors in the sport and entertainment, fashion, beauty and lifestyle and food and beverage sectors, and is named in Legal 500 in the Luxury Goods sector. With her Italian background, she also has a focus on advising Italian corporate clients on their UK group interests and structuring.

Sharon regularly advises clients on a wide variety of international commercial agreements, particularly licensing, sponsorship and endorsement, distribution and agency agreements, which are often tangential to their corporate transactions. Sharon has a background in debt capital markets and has acted on a significant number of debt issuances as well as real estate financings.

Sharon is qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales and as an Italian avvocato and is fluent in Italian. She lectures both in English and Italian on corporate and commercial law issues relating to Brexit.
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I have worked for clients ranging from global institutions, to corporates of all sizes, to individuals and associations.

Practising English law in Italy for the last 10 years has given me insight into the differences between the common and civil law systems and - perhaps more importantly - a better understanding of the varying approaches that clients from different business cultures may have to a particular matter.

During my career I have worked for clients ranging from global institutions, to corporates of all sizes, to individuals and associations: I think this has been immensely beneficial for my development as a lawyer, besides giving me some memorable experiences and bringing me into contact with some amazing people.