Henry joined Arnold Bloch Leibler in 1982, became a partner in 1984 and was appointed Managing Partner in 1999. As Managing Partner, he is responsible for the management and strategic direction of the firm. He has been a director of, and strategic adviser to, a number of companies and is well known in the corporate world. His clients value his board experience and commercial flair, and this is emphasised in the ‘mergers and acquisitions’ chapter of the influential The Legal 500 Asia Pacific guide which described Henry as “very client-centric with the ability to understand clients’ businesses very well”. The independent review of Australian legal firms, Legal Profiles, has highlighted Henry in its ‘corporate and securities’ chapter as being “known for his negotiating skills, thoroughness and lateral thinking”. Henry is also recommended by Best Lawyers® International for Corporate Law. Most recently, Henry was ranked by Doyle’s Guide as ‘leading’ in the category of ‘Leading Corporate Lawyers – Melbourne, 2015’.
As part of The Queen’s Birthday 2015 Honours List, Henry was appointed as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM). He was recognised “for significant service to the community, particularly through a range of educational, research and arts organisations, and to the law”. The Order of Australia is the pre-eminent means by which Australia recognises the outstanding and meritorious service of its citizens.
Henry’s practice focuses on the following areas:
- commercial and corporate law, including structuring and governance issues;
- mergers and acquisitions, including negotiation, structuring and completion;
- corporate restructuring and ASX listings; and
- strategic planning, particularly at board level.
Henry has been a non-executive director of Premier Investments Limited and of The Just Group since 2008, and also a non-executive director of Thorney Opportunities Limited since 2013.
In addition to his legal and commercial work, Henry has made a major contribution to a number of institutions, notably serving Mount Scopus Memorial College for over 25 years, first as College Treasurer (1988 to 1996) and then for 18 years as the President of the Mount Scopus Memorial College Foundation (1996 to 2014).
Henry has also been a board member of the TarraWarra Museum of Art since its inception and was a director of the board of the Burnet Institute from 2008 to 2013.
Henry is also the Honorary Solicitor and advisor to a number of communal organisations.