Dr Carl Hinze is a Partner in the Brisbane office of national law firm, Holding Redlich. Before joining Holding Redlich in September 2014, Carl worked in law and investment banking in Shanghai for 10 years. Before becoming a cross-border corporate and dispute resolution lawyer, Dr Hinze lectured at the University of Queensland in the School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies. 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.

With his insight into how language and culture affect the legal and business situation in China and Australia, he has helped clients to manage, mitigate and avoid risks arising in the context of China-related mergers and acquisitions, crisis management, anti-corruption and bribery investigations, and dispute resolution. He has also represented multinational clients in complex arbitration proceedings involving protracted disputes between business partners in China.