Peter Corne

Peter Corne



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)


  • England & Wales
  • Hong Kong


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


Representative Experience

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

  • Putting in place one of the largest clean development mechanism (CDM) projects up to that time under the Kyoto Protocol for a consortium of Japanese investors
  • Acting for a large Chinese steel manufacturer in one of the largest ever 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 company 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 from a MNC petrochemical company, 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 in the coal to chemical industry 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 Business Group, Peter is currently Shanghai Chair of the Environmental 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 teaches International Mediation and Arbitration as Global Adjunct Professor at NYU Shanghai.

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


Why China’s Adoption Of An International Settlement Agreement Will Help Dispute Resolution
Brave New World (2): Now for the PRC Foreign Investment Law Implementing Regulations
More Grief for the “Big Guys”: Draft Revision of the China Anti-Monopoly Law Introduces Further Restraints on Influential Market Players
Energy Performance Contracting in China: Maximising Opportunity, Overcoming Obstacles
China Forex Liberalization Unlocks Massive M&A Opportunities for Foreign Invested Enterprises
Update on China’s Recent Liberalization of the Legal Regime for Foreign Investment
China’s Mediation Revolution? Opportunities and Challenges of the Singapore Mediation Convention
Brave New World: China’s New Foreign Investment Law
Mainland—Hong Kong Interim Relief in Support of Arbitration
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”
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

News & Press Mentions

Dorsey Partner Peter Corne Mediates Frozen Wine Case
Dorsey Awarded Coveted Associate Membership by Shanghai Bar Association
When businesses cross swords, the peacemaker is summoned
Dorsey Partner Peter Corne Discusses New Way to Settle EU-China IP Disputes
Dorsey Partner Peter Corne Comments on China's Green Bonds for Coal
Dorsey Wins IT, Telecoms & E-commerce Award in China Business Law Awards 2019
Dorsey Partner Peter Corne Remarks on China Moving to an Open Economy
Dorsey Partner Peter Corne Remarks on China's Crackdown on Pollution
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 Asia Law Dispute Resolution Awards 2017
Bullish on China, international firm unveils US-China practice group
Dorsey & Whitney Forms U.S.-China Practice Group
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

Events & Speaking Engagements

Webinar Playback: Legal Tools for Managing Cross-border Risk in a COVID-19 World
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
  • Cybersecurity, Privacy & Social Media
  • Educational Publishing, Technology & Services
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Europe
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Healthcare
  • Israel
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Sustainability
  • Technology Commerce

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Arbitration Panelist Shanghai International Arbitration Centre, Shenzhen International Arbitration Centre, Tianjin Arbitration Commission and Luoyang Arbitration Commission
  • Global International Adjunct Professor of Law, NYU, from January 2018 (teaching the course “International Mediation and Arbitration” in NYU Shanghai)
  • Member of Expert Committee of Minerals and Energy, Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration
  • Mediator,  Shanghai Commercial Mediation Centre (Shanghai “JAMS”)
  • Adjunct Professor, Fudan University Advanced Lawyers’ Institute
  • Shanghai Chair, Environmental Working Group, EU-China Chamber of Commerce
  • Mediator, Benchmark Chambers International & Benchmark International Mediation Center


  • Magnolia Silver Recipient from the Shanghai Government for contributions to Shanghai 2017
  • China Green Card (Permanent Residency) Recipient from the Shanghai Government 2016
Peter Corne