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Peter K. Murphy

Peter K. Murphy
Counsel

Tel: +377 977 73147
Fax: +377 977 73148
E-mail: pmurphy [at] bp-legal.com

During his career, both as a businessman and a diplomat, Peter K. Murphy has held a number of top positions in Europe, Latin America and the United States. His understanding of commercial and political realms is exceptional.

Since 2007, Mr. Murphy has been the first Ambassador of the Sovereign Order of Malta (the oldest humanitarian organization in the world) to the Principality of Monaco, having served in this position for 9 years. In 2010 he opened the first Embassy on the Order of Malta in the presence of the Sovereign Prince of Monaco and its Minister of State. Prior to this posting, Mr. Murphy held top positions in the United States diplomatic service throughout the world during his 31-year career.

From 1991 – 1993, as Special Envoy in Romania, Mr. Murphy negotiated with the Romanian government the enactment of legal changes resulting in the creation of a first-ever National Adoption Commission. From 1989 – 1991, as Minister-Counselor at the American Embassy in Bonn, Germany, he assisted with the implementation of plans for US diplomatic representation in Germany following the fall of the Berlin Wall.

From 1984 - 1998, as acting US Ambassador to the Vatican (Chargé d’Affaires – Minister–Counselor), Mr. Murphy was charged with negotiating several highly sensitive political issues, for example, the legalization of the Solidarity Union in Poland; granting of initial human rights concessions in the then Soviet Union; assisted in the resolution of the peaceful departure of the Marcos regime in the Philippines and the release of hostages held in the Middle East prior to the First Gulf War.

From 1981 – 1984, as the U.S. Consul General in Genoa, Italy, Mr. Murphy established close contacts with leading Italian industries, such as FIAT, Pirelli, Otto Melara and Ansaldo and facilitated the entry of American firms into the Italian market. On behalf of the American government, in 1980 he was a team member in negotiating the establishment of the first two consulates in the Peoples Republic of China.

Following his diplomatic career, Mr. Murphy has held a number of top positions in the business sector.

On behalf of an American investment group, in 2006, he established Marco Research S.A.M. in Monaco and held the position of President/CEO until 2015.

From 1999 – 2005, he was president of Festival Management S.A.M., the commercial and financial headquarters of Festival Cruises, a leading and privately owned cruise company in Europe. Prior to this, from 1994 to 1999, Mr. Murphy was senior advisor to Stanley Associates Inc. of Alexandria, Virginia, providing services to the U. S. civilian, defense and intelligence agencies.

Mr. Murphy is the holder of several professional awards conferred by the government of the United States and several foreign countries. He is a graduate of

Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, and in addition undertook graduate work at Harvard University. He is also a graduate of the NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy.

Besides English, he is conversant in Italian, French, German and Spanish.