Max Rockall is a partner in the International Dispute Resolution Practice Group based in London.

    The Legal 500 2019 describes him as “heavily dedicated and clearly on top of all aspects of cases – he will go far.”

    Max is an energy arbitration specialist, advising on an extensive book of cases, including natural gas and LNG pricing disputes, LNG price renegotiations, cargo delivery disputes, force majeure claims, hardship pricing issues, cargo delays and diversions, cargo title disputes and oil refinery disputes.

    He advises on a range of disputes, including international arbitration, investment treaty arbitration and public international law. He has also appeared as an advocate before international arbitral tribunals and advised on various mediations.

    He has considerable experience acting for governments, state-owned companies, international corporations and multinationals in arbitrations administered under the rules of all major institutions, under a broad range of applicable laws. Recent experience includes handling various high-value commercial arbitrations under the auspices of the ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, SIAC, HKIAC and ICSID arbitral rules.

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    LNG and Natural Gas

    • Acting for a leading Chinese LNG buyer with its price negotiations in a billion-US-dollar pricing dispute with an Asia Pacific-based seller.
    • Acting for a major European LNG buyer with its price negotiations in a billion-US-dollar pricing dispute with a Middle Eastern seller.
    • Acting for a major European LNG buyer with its price negotiations in a billion-US-dollar pricing dispute with a Middle Eastern seller.
    • Acting for a major state-owned Chinese LNG buyer in an English law multimillion-US-dollar dispute in relation to the pricing of, and cargo deliveries under, a long-term gas supply contract with an Australasian seller.
    • Acting for a major European LNG buyer in an English law multimillion-US-dollar long-term SPA price dispute with a Middle Eastern seller.
    • Acting for a major European gas buyer in an English law multimillion-US-dollar long-term SPA price dispute with a North African seller.
    • Acting for a leading European LNG buyer in an English law multimillion-US-dollar “baseball” arbitration under a long-term gas supply agreement.
    • Advising a South American oil company on the merits of injunctive relief in the English courts in support of a foreign arbitration.
    • Acting for an energy company in the Middle East in a multimillion-US-dollar oil pipeline dispute.

    Corporate and Commercial

    • Assisting counsel in a leading English High Court decision on challenges to arbitrators under the IBA Rules on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration: Sierra Fishing v. Farran [2015] EWHC 140 (Comm), [2015] 1 All ER (Comm).
    • Assisting with an arbitration in London under the LCIA Rules regarding an alleged breach of an investment services deed.
    • Acting for a European telecommunications company in an action involving breaches of various shareholder warranties under a sale and purchase agreement. The dispute was the subject of an arbitration under the ICC Rules.
    • Assisting on a multimillion-US-dollar shareholder dispute for a leading media and advertising agency over the breach and enforceability of restrictive covenants in a share purchase agreement.
    • Acting for a leading banking institution obtaining a freezing injunction order.

    Education

    • BPP Law School, L.P.C., 2010
    • BPP Law School, Graduate Diploma in Law, 2009
    • University of Leeds, B.A., 2008

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Member, Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration, the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum and the ICDR Young & International
    • Described in The Legal 500 2019 as “heavily dedicated and clearly on top of all aspects of cases – he will go far.”

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    • Co-author, “Material Adverse Change Clauses Amid the COVID-19 Outbreak”, Squire Patton Boggs Insight, April 2020.
    • Co-author, “Eastward movement of gas prices means the transition of LNG disputes from Europe to Asia”, LNG Journal, January 2020.
    • Author, “New IBA Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration: An Overview of the Main Changes”, International Arbitration Bulletin, December 2014.
    • Author, “Public Eye: New Transparency Rules unveiled for Investor-State Arbitrations”, Lexology and International Arbitration Newsletter, November 2013.
    • Author, “A Frustrating Decision: English Court of Appeal refuses to intervene in arbitration award”, International Arbitration Newsletter, July 2013.
    • Author, “Tasting your own medicine? Case C-457/10 P AstraZeneca AB and AstraZeneca plc v European Commission”, Law Lore & Practice, May 2013.

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