Introduction

International Arbitrator
in Asia and Europe

Based in Paris, Peter Thorp has substantial experience acting as counsel and arbitrator in international arbitrations in Asia and Europe under the rules of most of the major international arbitration institutions.
He is fluent in French and Chinese, and has special expertise in disputes between multinationals and Chinese parties.
Prior to returning to Paris in 2011, Mr Thorp was China Managing Partner of Allen & Overy LLP and head of the firm’s Mainland China disputes practice.

A barrister and solicitor from New Zealand, he is also qualified as a solicitor
in England & Wales and in Hong Kong, and avocat à la cour in Paris.




Professional Associations

Listed on panels of the major
Arbitration Institutions

Mr Thorp is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
He has acted as arbitrator under the rules of most of the major international arbitration institutions, and is listed on the panels of all the major Asian arbitration institutions.
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Experience

More than 60 international arbitrations

Mr Thorp has been advising foreign clients in relation to their investments and disputes in China since the 1990s, and has also acted for a number of Chinese clients in relation to their outbound investments and related disputes.

Mr Thorp has acted as counsel and arbitrator in more than 60 international arbitration proceedings, including those conducted under the rules of most of the major arbitration institutions, including the ICC, LCIA, HKIAC, SIAC and CIETAC, as well as ad hoc arbitrations.

Recent arbitral
appointments include:
  • Sole arbitrator in an HKIAC arbitration between PRC and Hong Kong parties in connection with a debt equity swap agreement.
  • Sole arbitrator in an ICC arbitration in Hong Kong between a Hong Kong company and various PRC individuals arising out of a share purchase agreement.
  • Co-arbitrator in an ICC arbitration in London between Greek, PRC and Cypriot parties in relation to a gas-fired power plant project in Iraq.
  • Chairman in an ICC arbitration in London between French and Chinese parties arising out of a contract for the supply and commissioning of generators for a hydro-electric power project in Turkey.
  • Co-arbitrator in an UNCITRAL Rules arbitration in Hong Kong between PRC and UK parties arising out of a series of certified emission reductions trading agreements.
  • Co-arbitrator in an HKIAC arbitration between Mauritius and PRC parties arising out of a share transfer agreement.
  • Co-arbitrator in a CIETAC arbitration in Beijing between Spanish and PRC parties arising out of an agreement for the manufacture of air-conditioning equipment systems for railway vehicles.
  • Sole arbitrator in an ICC arbitration in Hong Kong between Swiss and PRC parties arising out of an insulation equipment joint venture contract.
  • Chairman in a CIETAC arbitration in Beijing between PRC and German parties arising out of a motorcar racing promotion contract.
  • Chairman in an ad hoc arbitration in Hong Kong between Israeli and PRC parties in connection with an agreement for the distribution of air-conditioning units.
  • Co-arbitrator in an ICC arbitration in Singapore between PRC and Maltese parties arising out of a contract for the supply of photovoltaic equipment.
  • Chairman in an ad hoc arbitration in Stockholm between Swedish and PRC parties arising out of a honey supply agreement.
  • Co-arbitrator in a CAA arbitration in Taipei, Taiwan between Taiwanese and Swiss parties in connection with an investment management agreement.
  • Sole arbitrator in an ICC arbitration in Parties between PRC and French parties arising out of an agreement for the distribution of buses and coaches.
  • Sole arbitrator in an ICC arbitration in Paris
    arising out of a fibre optic cable parts supply contract between German and PRC parties.
  • Sole arbitrator in an ICC arbitration in Singapore arising out of a television programme licence agreement between US and PRC parties.
  • *Co-arbitrator in a CIETAC arbitration in Beijing
    arising out of a dairy farm joint venture contract
    between PRC and Australian parties.
  • Chairman in a CIETAC arbitration in Beijing
    arising out of a joint venture contract
    between PRC and Italian parties.
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  • Chairman in an UNCITRAL Rules ad hoc
    arbitration in Hong Kong arising out of
    an equity transfer agreement between US
    and PRC parties.
  • Sole arbitrator in an ICC arbitration
    in Singapore arising out of a flight training contract between PRC and Canadian parties.
  • *Chairman in an ICC arbitration
    arising out a machinery supply contract
    between Cypriot and PRC parties.
  • Sole arbitrator in an HKIAC arbitration Hong Kong arising out of a rubber supply
    contract between French and PRC parties.
  • *Co-arbitrator in a CIETAC arbitration in Beijing
    arising out of an equipment supply contract
    between Swiss and PRC parties.
  • *Co-arbitrator in a CIETAC arbitration
    in Shanghai arising out of a machinery
    manufacture joint venture between PRC
    and Hong Kong parties.
  • Co-arbitrator in an LCIA arbitration in London
    related to a coal sale and purchase agreement
    between Hong Kong and Singapore parties.
  • Co-arbitrator in an HKIAC arbitration arising out of
    an equipment sale and purchase contract between PRC
    and South Korean parties.
  • Co-arbitrator in an HKIAC arbitration arising out of
    a nickel sale and purchase agreement between Hong Kong
    and Indonesian parties.
  • Chairman in an HKIAC arbitration related to a share purchase agreement between a Cayman Islands company and various PRC and other investors.
  • *Chairman in a SIAC arbitration in Singapore arising out of a wind turbine manufacturing contract between various BVI and PRC parties.
  • Co-arbitrator in an ICC arbitration in Geneva arising out of
    a power equipment sale and purchase agreement between Taiwanese and PRC parties.
  • Sole arbitrator in an LCIA arbitration in
    London related to the validity of certain licences
    of intellectual property rights.

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Publications

  • IBA Arbitration Guide

    CHINA chapter (2012)

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  • First ICC Award Enforced in China

    The International Law Review
    Issue 6 – (2009)

  • The PRC Arbitration Law:
    Problems and Prospects
    for Amendment

    24 Journal of International
    Arbitration – Issue 6 (2007)
    Kluwer Law International

    www.kluwerlawonline.com

  • China and Hong Kong:
    New interpretation – one step forward,
    two steps back?

    Volume 1, Issue 4 (2006)
    Global Arbitration Review

    www.globalarbitrationreview.com

  • Transnational Dispute Management:

    Special Issue on China (2010)
    Co-editor

    www.transnational-dispute-management.com

  • International Arbitration in China

    Special Report (2008)
    Global Arbitration Review

  • Corruption, Bribery
    and Criminal Law Aspects
    of Business Disputes

    Chapter in “Managing Business Disputes
    in Today’s China: Duelling with Dragons”
    (2007), Kluwer Law International

    www.kluwerarbitration.com