Max Bonnell | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice

Max Bonnell

Partner, Sydney

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“Max Bonnell is identified by sources both as a true “lawyer’s lawyer” and as a “first-rate” arbitration specialist commanding widespread recognition.”

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018


Max Bonnell is a partner in White & Case's global International Arbitration practice.

Max is focused on international arbitration and commercial litigation, advising clients across a number of jurisdictions and in a variety of sectors including telecommunications, mining, energy, financial services, engineering and computer software.

Max has advised an Australian investor on a successful claim against the Republic of India under the Australia-India bilateral investment treaty; a Chinese investor in the energy sector on a dispute with the Commonwealth of Australia arising out of legislation to reduce carbon emissions; a UK-based tobacco company on a dispute with the Commonwealth of Australia arising out of the introduction of plain packaging legislation; and parties to international financing transactions on the potential application of bilateral investment treaties and ICSID arbitrations.

A Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, Max joined White & Case from a leading international law firm.

Bars and Courts

  • Western Australia
  • New South Wales
  • High Court of Australia


  • LLB, University of Sydney
  • MA, University of Warwick, UK
  • BA (Hons), University of Sydney
  • Dip. International Commercial Arbitration, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, (London)


  • English
  • French


Representation of Australian companies in ICC arbitrations against a French company (with a London seat); a Bulgarian company (with a Geneva seat); a Vietnamese joint venture (with a Geneva seat); and in LCIA arbitrations against Indian companies (with a seat in London) and an Argentinian company (with a London seat). Max also acted for an Australian exporter in a dispute with a Philippine government agency.*

Representation as counsel and advocate for the successful claimant in White Industries v. India - the first claim brought under the Australia - India bilateral investment treaty.*

Representation of a US engineering company in a dispute with an Australian company concerning the construction of an undersea oil pipeline.*

Representation of a Chinese contractor in a US$900 million ICC dispute in relation to the construction of a power plant in Guatemala.*

*Experience prior to joining White & Case

Speaking Engagements

ABA Section of International Law, 2016: Tokyo

International Bar Association Annual Conference, 2016: Washington DC

Investment arbitration, 2012: Commonwealth Law Conference

Trends in investment treaty arbitration, 2010: HKIAC 25th anniversary conference

Emissions trading schemes and investment treaties, 2010: Sydney University conference on Investment Law and Arbitration

Diploma of International Arbitration course,
Kuala Lumpur, 2008; Sydney, 2009
, (Lecturer)

ACICA conference, 2008

Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre "ADR in Asia" conference , Diploma of International Commercial Arbitration course,
University of NSW
, (Guest lecturer)


Awards & Recognition

Band 1 in Australia, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018, Chambers Global 2017

Leading individual in Who's Who Legal: Arbitration 2018

International ADR Practitioner of the Year, Australian ADR Awards 2016

Leading individual in international arbitration - Chambers Global 2015

Leading individual in Who's Who of International Commercial Arbitration 2015

Leading individual in Dispute Resolution - Legal 500 2015, 2018

Lawyer to know in Sydney, leading practitioner - Global Arbitration Review 100 since 2009

Reputation for disputes concerning technology, Global Arbitration Review 100