White & Case has added an international arbitration partner to its newly launched Sydney office.
Max Bonnell joins from King & Wood Mallesons, where he was a longtime partner advising on international arbitration and commercial litigation before Australian courts. In a 2011 arbitration case, he led a team at then-Mallesons Stephen Jaques, representing manufacturer White Industries Australia Ltd. on a successful claim against the Republic of India of violating the bilateral investment treaty between the two countries.
Bonnell had been a partner with Mallesons since 1999, having first joined the firm four years earlier. He began his career with the predecessor firm of the large Australian firm Allens.
White & Case officially opened its doors in Sydney in September with project finance partners Joel Rennie and Cameron Watson. Both lawyers joined the firm from Herbert Smith Freehills as part of a 10-partner exodus from the Anglo-Australian firm a little over a year ago. They launched both Sydney and Melbourne offices for the U.S. firm.
Herbert Smith Freehills subsequently sued the departing partners over a noncompete clause in their contracts. As a result of the lawsuit, these lawyers first joined White & Case as senior lawyers in March and became partners in September.