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Carl Hinze


Carl’s practice focuses on 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 automotive, agricultural, financial services, manufacturing and resources sectors. He is a co-editor of Oxford University Press’ Financial Services Regulation in Asia Pacific, is fluent in Mandarin and is a recognized expert in Chinese business culture.


Carl has particularly strong experience in complex cross-border, multi-country M&A transactions and his practice has included resolving investment disputes through litigation and arbitration. 

In regard to corporate and commercial matters, Carl has advised on: 

  • legal and contractual rights to terminate joint venture contracts and licensing agreements 
  • agency, distribution and reseller and sub-contracting agreements
  • power purchase agreements and solar leasing agreements
  • sale, call option and shareholder agreements in respect of mining tenements
  • software licensing and acquisition agreements
  • the purchase of assets in the business services sector
  • how both majority shareholders and minority shareholders can best handle shareholder disputes 
  • funding agreements 
  • the sale of shares as well as the sale of businesses and assets in the automotive sector
  • sale of goods contracts.


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.

10 July 2018 - Knowledge

“Ipso facto” regulations and M&A transactions

#Corporate & Commercial Law

Following recent changes to the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), parties to a contract may be unable to rely on a contractual right to terminate or modify the operation of a contract on the occurrence of certain insolvency-related events of a counterparty to the contract (commonly known as an “ipso facto” provision).