Sean Keenihan - Chair

Sean Keenihan

Corporate & Commercial
Local Government
Migration & International Business
Property, Construction, Infrastructure & Development

Direct number:+61 8 8210 1293
Mobile:+61 40771 0530


  • Property, Infrastructure and Development
  • Commercial Projects
  • Procurement/Contracting
  • Probity
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Foreign Investment
Sean is the Chairman of the Board at Norman Waterhouse and specialises in commercial, infrastructure, property and foreign investment law and transactions. He has a particular interest in local government and is recognised as one of the State’s leading practitioners in this area.
Sean has led the South Australian local government sector’s growing role in key infrastructure, development and commercial projects and is a leading voice on the critical economic development role that Councils play to grow local economies and communities in South Australia.
In May 2015 Sean was appointed as the Chairman of the South Australian Tourism Commission in recognition of his extensive international engagement experience, focus on international competitiveness and commitment to job creation in South Australia.
Sean is also a recognised opinion leader around Australia’s engagement with China with a particular focus on South Australia’s economic transformation through improved trade and investment dealings with China.
As the SA Government’s advisor on China, Sean provides strategic advice to the Premier, Ministers, Local Government and Industry Bodies to facilitate closer bilateral links between South Australia and China.
Sean was the recipient of an Australian Government Scholarship to study intensive Mandarin in China in the late 1980s prior to commencing a double degree in Law and Arts at the University of Adelaide. As a highly competent Mandarin speaker, Sean plays a pivotal role in trade and investment deals involving Chinese Parties.
Sean’s roles include: 
  • Chairman, Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
  • Chairman, South Australian Tourism Commission
  • National Vice President of the Australia China Business Council Ltd and SA President of the Australia China Business Council
  • SA Government Strategic Advisor – China
  • Economic Development Board’s Industry Growth Sub-Committee Member
  • Member of the Advisory Committee of the Confucius Institute (Uni Adelaide)
  • Board Member, Salisbury Water Management Board
  • Member of the Multicultural Education & Languages Advisory Board
  • Central Market Arcade Redevelopment Project Reference Group (Chair)