Carl Hinze is a Partner and Head of China Practice at national law firm, Holding Redlich. Before joining Holding Redlich in 2014, Carl worked in law and investment banking in Shanghai for 10 years. Before becoming a cross-border corporate and dispute resolution lawyer, Carl lectured at the University of Queensland in the School of Languages and Cultures.

Carl completed his PhD in Chinese Studies as well as a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Queensland. Carl’s PhD thesis examined the universal and culture-specific aspects of the Chinese concept of ‘face’. He is a recognised expert in the field of Chinese sociolinguistics and politeness research.

Carl has been a grateful recipient of three scholarships to China offered by the Australia-China Council and he previously served as a Project Officer for the Australia-China Council’s Australian Studies in China Program.

Carl’s legal practice focuses on cross-border investment, including China and US-related mergers and acquisitions. He has also represented multinational clients in complex arbitration proceedings involving protracted disputes between business partners in China and other parts of Asia.

Carl met his wife at UQ and their wedding ceremony was held on campus in 2007.