Described as an “energy disputes expert”, Max Rockall is a partner in the International Dispute Resolution Practice Group based in London.

    The Legal 500 2023 notes that Max “can always be relied upon for his expertise and efficiency” and that he has “great knowledge and experience.”

    The Legal 500 2022 describes him as “one of the most diligent and responsive lawyers I’ve ever met, with outstanding knowledge in the LNG field (as well as dispute resolution) and a friendly character” and “… available seven days a week at any time, picking up the technicalities of the case with ease”.

    The Legal 500 2021 describes him as “outstanding in delivering quick accurate information and management, pulling together a first class team from those at his disposal, ensuring the right people are on the job and the required service is quickly and efficiently being executed. His relaxed yet highly professional management approach gives confidence the job is being resourced and executed as best it can. His attention to detail and quick understanding of the brief is first class, he is a pleasure to deal with.”

    The Legal 500 2020 describes him as “heavily dedicated and clearly on top of all aspects of cases – he will go far.”

    GAR 100, 15th Edition, notes, “Partner Maximilian Rockall in London is a ‘diligent and responsible lawyer with a bright and cheerful personality’.”

    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. Max is particularly experienced in developing effective contractual negotiation strategies for price and non-price terms in long-term energy and mining contracts.

    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 is a regular author on energy disputes with a particular focus on LNG contracts in the Asian gas markets.

    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 Japanese LNG buyer with two price negotiations in two billion-US-dollar pricing negotiations with Asia Pacific-based sellers.
    • Acting for a leading Japanese LNG buyer with its price negotiations in a billion-US-dollar pricing dispute with an Asia Pacific-based seller.
    • Acting for a leading Japanese LNG buyer in change of circumstances negotiations with various Asia Pacific-based sellers.
    • 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 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 state-owned Chinese LNG buyer in an English law multimillion-US-dollar dispute in relation to cargo deliveries under a long-term gas supply contract with an Asia Pacific 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 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
    • The Legal 500 2023 notes that Max “can always be relied upon for his expertise and efficiency” and that he has “great knowledge and experience.”
    • Described in The Legal 500 2022 as “one of the most diligent and responsive lawyers I’ve ever met, with outstanding knowledge in the LNG field (as well as dispute resolution) and a friendly character” and “… available seven days a week at any time, picking up the technicalities of the case with ease.”
    • Described in The Legal 500 2021 as “outstanding in delivering quick accurate information and management, pulling together a first class team from those at his disposal, ensuring the right people are on the job and the required service is quickly and efficiently being executed. His relaxed yet highly professional management approach gives confidence the job is being resourced and executed as best it can. His attention to detail and quick understanding of the brief is first class, he is a pleasure to deal with.”
    • Described in The Legal 500 2020 as “heavily dedicated and clearly on top of all aspects of cases – he will go far.”

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    • Co-author, “The Evolution of Natural Gas Price Review Arbitrations,” The Guide to Energy Arbitrations (5th ed.), Global Arbitration Review, August 2022.
    • Co-author, “Force Majeure Issues in Today’s Gas Market”, Global Arbitration Review, July 2022.
    • Co-author, “The Asia LNG Market: Ongoing Impact of the Russia-Ukraine Conflict”, Squire Patton Boggs Insight, June 2022.
    • Co-author, “Gas Payment Issues in Europe: What Are the Next Steps?” Global Arbitration Review, May 2022.
    • Podcast presenter, “Podcast: The Impact of Russia/Ukraine Conflict – Energy Supply and Impact on the Global Gas Market”, Squire Patton Boggs Now and Next Podcast, April 2022.
    • Co-author, “Impact of the Russian-Ukrainian Conflict on the Global Gas Market and Solutions for the Way Forward”, Squire Patton Boggs Insight, April 2022.
    • Author, “To Arbitrate, or Not to Arbitrate, That is the Question”, Squire Patton Boggs Insight, March 2022.
    • Co-author, “Are Traditional Asian LNG Contracts Equipped to Deal With Extreme Price and Demand Volatility?” Squire Patton Boggs Insight, January 2022.
    • Author, “Strategic Considerations for Price Review Success”, Squire Patton Boggs Insight, September 2021.
    • Co-author, “COVID-19 and LNG Contracts”, Squire Patton Boggs Insight, April 2020.
    • Co-author, “Gas and LNG Alert: All Hands to Contract Management Stations”, Squire Patton Boggs Insight, April 2020.
    • 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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