Graham is frequently called upon to: (i) act for par and distressed investors in both "yield" and "loan to own" scenarios; (ii) act for large multinational debtor groups in the negotiation, documentation and implementation of complex and frequently hostile restructuring transactions; (iii) act for private equity and venture capital investors seeking to capitalise on restructuring opportunities and to protect and optimise existing investments; and (iv) provide advice and guidance for insolvency practitioners, particularly in connection with novel and ground-breaking issues arising from "COMI shifts" and pre-packaged administrations.
Graham has gained extensive experience from playing key roles in some of the largest and most noteworthy market-leading restructurings of the last decade, including Intu, Lecta, Eitzen, Travelodge, Klöckner Pentaplast, MF Global, European Directories, Eurotunnel, Sea Containers and Japan Airlines. He is also known for his broad experience in the French market having been involved in the CGG, Vivarte, Latécoère, Akerys, Belvedere and other significant French restructurings.
Among other accolades, Chambers UK (2021) ranks Graham as a leading practitioner in the area of Restructuring/Insolvency with clients saying “He is extremely thoughtful and is very commercially savvy, while having a strong mastery of the technical aspects of UK restructuring and insolvency law.” and “He is extremely responsive and understands very well all aspects of distressed debt investing and multi-jurisdictional issues”.
Graham is also recognised by The Legal 500 UK (2021) for ‘Corporate Restructuring & Insolvency' with clients describing him as “exceptional” noting that he oversees a “very talented and down-to-earth” team that “works well across practice areas”. IFLR1000 (2020) recognises Graham as "Highly Regarded" in the area of ‘Restructuring and Insolvency'.
Willkie's London Restructuring team is currently shortlisted for “Restructuring Team of the Year” for its work on Lecta at The British Legal Awards 2020 (results to be announced).
In 2016, he was selected by Global Restructuring Review among its "40 Under 40" list of the world's leading young restructuring lawyers.
Graham is a member of the International Insolvency Institute's (III) NextGen Leadership Program, which comprises distinguished faculty from across Europe and the United States to lead discussions on pressing topics such as developments in national and international insolvency law.
Graham is fluent in French and proficient in Spanish.