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Dr Carl Hinze is a Partner in Holding Redlich’s Corporate & Commercial Group and is the national head of Holding Redlich’s China Practice. Before joining the firm, Carl worked for over 10 years in mainland China and Hong Kong in the fields of investment banking and law. 

Carl’s practice focuses on complex cross-border corporate transactions and commercial matters. Carl is a trusted advisor in managing contract risk, executing mergers and acquisitions, and implementing joint ventures (both incorporated and unincorporated) and complex alliance arrangements. He has strong skills in transaction structuring, project management and coordination. Carl has a particular a focus on the infrastructure, education, agriculture, financial services, manufacturing and resources sectors. 

Carl is a co-editor of Oxford University Press’ Financial Services Regulation in Asia Pacific. He is fluent in Mandarin and is a recognized expert in Chinese business culture. He 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 and the University of Queensland.


Corporate & Commercial

  • advised a United States listed corporation in the technology sector on their Australian market entry and on acquiring the shares and assets of Australian companies
  • advised a Chinese State-owned Enterprise on restructuring its Australian subsidiaries
  • advised a large Chinese agribusiness group on acquiring assets in Australia
  • advised a large United States-incorporated company on a share sale as an exit from an Australian joint venture
  • advised Chinese, Singaporean, North American and United Kingdom-based clients on establishing joint ventures with Australian companies in the real estate, agribusiness, healthcare, education, manufacturing and technology sectors
  • advised on deeds of settlement and share transfers in the context of exits from incorporated joint ventures in Australia
  • advised a large Chinese real estate and agribusiness company on its investments and operations in Australia, including advising on investment agreements and distribution and reseller agreements
  • advised a Chinese company on an acquisition in the mining sector, including drafting and negotiating sale, call option and shareholder agreements
  • advised Chinese solar companies on power purchase agreements and solar leasing agreements in Australia
  • advised multi-national companies on China-related restructurings, including the disposition of stakes in Hong Kong and BVI-based joint ventures with equity interest holdings in Chinese subsidiaries
  • advised a Chinese company on an aircraft lease and related management agreement
  • project managed and advised on an investment in Mongolia by a leading global coal company 
  • assisted an international oil and gas company in moving forward their business plans in Mongolia in respect of oil shale development 
  • advised a US clean-tech company on the purchase of biodiesel from mainland China and Hong Kong
  • advised a US clean-tech company on equity investments in hydro power plants in Sichuan and Hubei 
  • advised an international solutions providers on energy management contracting in China
  • advised a global beverage company on a share swap involving the exchange of shares and of debt in 10 enterprises in China held through offshore vehicles 
  • advised Fortune 500 companies on the restructuring of their Chinese holding companies into regional headquarters 
  • advised a European company on the negotiation and execution of a US$2 billion contract for the construction by a Chinese entity of various floating cranes and oil rigs. 


  • lead a complex large-scale litigation matter in the mining sector across two states in Australia
  • project managed several cross-border corporate (shareholder), commercial and employment-related litigation disputes in Australia and China, working together with foreign counsel 
  • participated in several financial dispute resolution matters in Hong Kong, including preparing for a number litigation proceedings.

International dispute resolution and arbitration

  • represented claimants in an arbitration at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre in a commercial contract dispute governed by Hong Kong law
  • represented claimants in an arbitration at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre in a dispute relating to a Sino-foreign joint venture
  • represented (working with Chinese legal counsel) claimants in an arbitration at the Shanghai International Arbitration Centre in a dispute relating to a large infrastructure project in China 
  • represented claimant in arbitration filed with the Singapore International Arbitration Centre.


12 August 2020 - Knowledge

New rules for a new international security environment: Ongoing reform to Australia’s foreign investment review framework

#Corporate & Commercial Law

The Australian government has released the exposure draft legislation for its proposed reforms to the foreign investment review framework. We look at the legislation in detail.

13 May 2020 - Knowledge

New foreign investment proposals during COVID-19 recovery: Key considerations for prospective investors

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #COVID-19

Are you looking to submit a new foreign investment proposal to the Foreign Investment Review Board? Read our checklist to ensure you meet the approval requirements in the current circumstances.

29 April 2020 - Knowledge

Privacy update: OAIC guidance on managing employee and visitor health information during COVID-19

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #Data & Privacy, #COVID-19

Many organisations have been implementing or expanding remote working arrangements for employees as a response to COVID-19. However, organisations must continue to manage personal information in accordance with legal requirements relating to privacy.

01 April 2020 - Knowledge

Enhanced foreign investment scrutiny during COVID-19 crisis

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #COVID-19

As of 10:30pm AEDT on Sunday 29 March 2020, important temporary changes to Australia’s foreign investment review framework have come into effect to protect the national interest during the COVID-19 crisis. These changes mean that, for the duration of the coronavirus crisis, all relevant foreign investments into Australia will require FIRB approval, regardless of the value, nature or country of origin of the foreign investor.

22 January 2020 - Knowledge

Key developments affecting business with China in the Year of the Rat

#Corporate & Commercial Law

As Chinese New Year celebrations ramp up, we pause to consider important developments that will impact business between Australia and China in 2020.

28 January 2019 - Knowledge

Tourism boom: Key things to consider when acquiring or building a hotel in Australia

#Corporate & Commercial Law

We have seen a steady growth in interest from both domestic and offshore investors in Queensland’s hotel and resort market. This article summarises some of the main legal issues for investors to consider when either acquiring an existing hotel or developing a new hotel.

03 December 2018 - Knowledge

Australia’s renewable energy boom - what does it mean for rural land owners and operators?

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #Renewable Energy

As the renewable energy sector continues to take centre-stage internationally – and is now one of the fastest growing industries in Australia - we continue our series of articles about the industry with an in-depth look at how the rural sector is dealing with the boom.

30 October 2018 - Knowledge

Renewable energy - why all the hype?

#Corporate & Commercial Law

In the first of a three-part series, we take a look at the legislative background concerning renewable energy, particularly for solar, looking at what is happening internationally – and how Australia compares.