Peter Corne
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Peter Corne

Partner
corne.peter@dorsey.com

Overview

PETER CORNE USES HIS QUARTER CENTURY OF EXPERIENCE OF LIVING AND PRACTICING IN CHINA TO PROVIDE YOU WITH CREATIVE AND PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS TO YOUR CHINA CHALLENGES.

Qualified to practice in England & Wales, Hong Kong and Australia, Peter leads Dorsey & Whitney’s mainland China offices from his base in Shanghai. Peter specializes in the area of Chinese corporate, commercial and regulatory practice and is recognized as a leading practitioner in the fields of mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructuring. Peter is the Managing Partner of Dorsey’s Shanghai office, and is Co-Head of the Firm’s U.S.-China Practice Group and the Firm’s Clean Technology Practice Group.

Education & Admissions

Waseda University, Tokyo (Post-graduate research, 1987)

Renmin University, Beijing (Post-graduate research, 1991)

University of Melbourne (LL.M., 1995)

University of Sydney (LL.B., 1988)

University of Sydney (B.A., 1988)

Admissions

  • England & Wales
  • Hong Kong

Languages

  • Non-native but fluent speaker of both Mandarin Chinese and Japanese

Experience

Representative Work

Some signature deals in which Peter has led as legal advisor include:

  • Putting  in  place  the  largest  clean  development mechanism  (CDM)  projects  under  the  Kyoto Protocol for a consortium of Japanese investors
  • Acting for a large Chinese steel manufacturer in one of the largest energy efficiency CDM projects
  • Securing the approval from the Chinese FDA of the establishment of a manufacturing facility by a leading pharmaceutical company from the US to produce intrusive diagnostic equipment
  • Setting up the first foreign-invested companies limited by shares under the PRC Company Law for India’s leading company, then leading its restructuring in several rounds of share reorganizations
  • Reorganizing a nationwide beverage business into a company limited by shares with multiple shareholders and branches
  • Executing  a  number  of  delicate  mergers  for  leading  western  multinationals  including  an unprecedented cross-jurisdictional merger between a company limited by shares in Beijing with a limited liability company in Shanghai
  • Engineering a split and assets transfer of a major chemical facility in Shanghai, in the process addressing government concerns in respect of wastewater treatment to secure multiple relevant approvals
  • Helping an environmental company to execute the largest M&A project up to that time in the western regions of China
  • Setting up a series of R&D collaboration projects with leading Chinese research institutes to develop and deploy strategic cleantech solutions to address China’s environmental problems
  • Drafting and negotiating one of the first true energy management contracts in the sphere of green buildings in China
  • Acting for an Icelandic company in the setting up of a geothermal residential estate heating joint venture with Sinopec, and assisting in its restructuring and partial sale to another investor

Other Experience

Peter is a pioneer in the area of anti-trust in China and participated, in his role as long-term head of the Legal Working Group of the European Chamber of Commerce in China, in the drafting of and commentary upon China’s Anti-Trust Law and associated legislation.

Peter has developed a robust clean energy and sustainability practice in China and is well known within Shanghai’s cleantech community. Co-head of Dorsey & Whitney’s global cleantech group, Peter is vice- chair (and former chair) of the Energy Working Group of the European Chamber of Commerce in China.

Dispute Resolution is another area in which Peter has become heavily involved, as companies increasingly call upon Peter to use his experience to help them resolve their disputes.  Peter is on the panel of the Shanghai International Arbitration Commission (SHIAC), and was presiding arbitrator over the first arbitration held within the Arbitration Court established by SHIAC within the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (FTZ).  Peter also had a hand in the drafting and the translation of SHIAC’s Arbitration Rules, the most forward-looking arbitration rules in China’s history. Peter is also on the panel of China’s first professional commercial mediation body, the Shanghai Commercial Mediation Centre (SCMC).  Peter helped to resolve the first mediated dispute between two foreign companies in the FTZ in 2015. He has also been instrumental in helping SCMC become affiliated with the US-based world renowned dispute resolution institute, JAMS ADR.

He is, in addition, a noted authority on PRC administrative law and the foreign investment process, having authored a critically acclaimed book on the subject and numerous academic publications.

News & Resources

Articles

China cleans up its act on environmental enforcement
The Sting of a Thousand Cuts 不可承受之痛
China Cleans Up its Act on the Environment 中国治理环境执法行动
China Adopts Tough and Sweeping Cybersecurity Law
Mobile apps face new controls in China
Update on China’s New Restrictions on Internet Content
China Imposes New Restrictions on Internet Content
China’s new Food Safety Law “the harshest ever”
美国食品药品管理局发布食品安全新规
FDA Issues New Food Safety Rules
NDRC’s Qualcomm Decision Sends Mixed Messages
A Fine Season for Antitrust Enforcement in China
The Amended PRC Company Law - More Flexibility in Establishing Companies (But With Conditions)
China: A New Dawn in Anti-Trust
Shanghai’s Free Trade Zone – empty gestures or meaningful reforms?
China Launches New Solar Subsidy
SAIC Launches First Abuse of Dominance Investigation under AML
NDRC Steps up Anti-Trust Enforcement in China Even Further
Delaware Court Ruling: A Cautionary Tale for Independent Directors
China Establishes National Security Review System for Inbound M&A Transactions, (Reposted by Law360)
China – First National Feed-in Tariff for Solar Power

News & Press Mentions

Dorsey Partner Peter Corne Remarks on China Carbon Targets
Dorsey Wins Banking & Finance Award in China Business Law Awards 2017-2018
Expert view: What to look out for in 2018
Dorsey Partner Peter Corne Comments on Chinese Anti-corruption Campaign
Dorsey Partner Peter Corne Discusses China's Crackdown on Pollution
Senior judge says China's judicial reform includes mediation
Dorsey Partner Receives Shanghai’s Magnolia Silver Award
One Belt One Road Creates Opportunities as China Pushes Multiple Dispute Resolution Mechanisms
Dorsey Shanghai Partner Peter Corne Receives Magnolia Silver Award
Dorsey’s China Practice on Shortlist for Asialaw Dispute Resolution Awards 2017
Bullish on China, international firm unveils US-China practice group
Dorsey & Whitney Forms U.S.-China Practice Group
美国德汇律师事务所新设全美及中国联合业务部
Dorsey Receives China Business Law Journal’s 2016 Deals of the Year for CPIC Investment in Metromile
Dorsey Partner Peter Corne Named as Commercial Law - Lawyer of the Year in China
Dorsey Represents CPIC in Strategic Investment in Metromile
Dorsey Recognized by Global Law Experts in 11 Practice Areas
Dorsey Partners Corne and Hong Participate in ChinaBio Partnering Forum
Dorsey’s China Office Recognized by Legal 500 for Dispute Resolution
Dorsey Partner Peter Corne Comments on Using Consultants, Agents for Business in China
Dorsey Partner Peter Corne Shares Observations on Working with Chinese Cleantech Firms
Dorsey Partner Peter Corne Appears on VOICES Luxurious Hospital Episode
Peter Corne Comments on FTZ Arbitration Rules in China Daily
Dorsey Partner Peter Corne Presides Over First China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone Arbitration Court Hearing
Dorsey Partner Peter Corne Interviewed by CCTV on Working as an Expat in Shanghai
Dorsey Partner Peter Corne Discusses How Shanghai’s Free Trade Zone Will Impact China's Economy on China Network Corporation

Events & Speaking Engagements

Webinar Playback: M&A in Asia: Beyond the Trends

Industries & Practices

Educational Publishing, Technology & Services
Cybersecurity, Privacy & Social Media
  • Anti-Corruption Group
  • Asia-Pacific
  • China
  • Clean Technology
  • Cybersecurity, Privacy & Social Media
  • Educational Publishing, Technology & Services
  • Europe
  • Israel
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Technology Commerce

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Global Adjunct Professor of Law, NYU
  • Arbitrator, Shanghai International Arbitration Centre
  • Arbitrator, Tianjin Arbitration Commission
  • Adjunct Professor, Fudan University Advanced Lawyers’ Institute
  • Mediator, Shanghai Commercial Mediation Centre        
  • Vice-Chair, Energy Working Group, EU-China Chamber of Commerce

Accolades

  • Magnolia Silver Award Recipient from Shanghai Municipal Government, 2017
Peter Corne