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Carl Hinze

Carl Hinze is a partner in the firm’s Corporate practice. He advises on complex corporate (equity and debt) transactions, commercial matters and disputes. Carl has a particular focus on the energy, infrastructure, technology, healthcare, education, agriculture, financial services, and manufacturing sectors.

Carl is a trusted adviser in managing contract risk, executing mergers and acquisitions, and implementing joint ventures (both incorporated and unincorporated) and complex alliance arrangements. He has advised international and Australian companies as well as founders and investors on many buy-side and sell-side transactions.

He has vast experience advising on Australia’s foreign investment regulatory framework, as well as strong skills in transaction structuring, project management and coordination. He is an expert negotiator and regularly advises leaders of public and private companies on governance issues.

Carl has also represented multinational clients in large-scale international commercial arbitrations in mainland China, Hong Kong and Singapore for clients in the energy, manufacturing, resources, construction and engineering sectors.

Prior to joining the firm, Carl headed the Asia practice of a national Australian law firm for nearly a decade and before that worked in law and investment banking across Asia and the United Kingdom for 10 years. During this time, he advised on some of the largest and most significant deals globally. 

Carl has a Ph.D in Chinese Studies and speaks, reads and writes Mandarin. He is a leading expert on Chinese business culture and has guest lectured on law and culture at the East China University of Politics and Law, the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, the China European International Business School, the Australia-China Relations Institute, and the University of Queensland. 

  • Short-listed for University of Queensland Young Alumnus of the Year Award 2012 and 2014
  • Australia China Council, Young Business Scholar in China Scholarship, 2003
  • Australian Post Graduate Award, 1998-2001
  • Australia China Council, Young Scholar in China Scholarship, 1993
  • Queensland Branch of Australia-China Business Council, Executive Committee Member
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Queensland, Advisory Board Member
Additional Thought Leadership Pages
  • Oxford University Press’ Financial Services Regulation in Asia Pacific, Co-editor
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