Peter Thorp is an international arbitrator based in Paris. He 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. Mr Thorp has been advising foreign clients in relation to their investments and disputes in China since the 1990s. 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 is an avocat à la cour in France. 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. Mr Thorp is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is listed as an arbitrator on the panels of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration, the China International Economic and Trade Commission and the Beijing Arbitration Commission.