Graham McLeod
Managing Partner, Middle East | Bahrain, Al-Khobar, Riyadh
Bahrain: +973-1715-1523
Al-Khobar: +966-13-847-5050
Riyadh: +966-11-418-7433

Graham's practice focuses on infrastructure, commercial and procurement transactions, with a particular emphasis on the development and implementation of public-private partnership (P3) and other forms of construction projects. He has acted on a broad range of projects in sectors such as health care, justice facilities, transit and transportation, water and wastewater, solid waste disposal, nuclear energy, recreational and sporting facilities, social housing, urban redevelopment and information technology systems.

Graham has represented all of the principal parties to such transactions, including public authorities, sponsors, equity investors, lenders and key subcontractors in the implementation of large-scale public infrastructure projects, both nationally and internationally. He also provides strategic and legal advice in areas such as project structuring, risk management, procurement, project finance, and litigation avoidance strategies.

Before rejoining Blakes in 2010, Graham was head of the project legal and procurement groups at Infrastructure Ontario, with responsibility for P3 projects and corporate procurements.


Representative transactions include acting on behalf of and advising:

  • A member of a shortlisted consortium on its bid for the Riyadh Metro project
  • Sadara Chemical Company (a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Dow Chemical) on project development matters
  • A consortium of international engineering firms to advise the City of Mumbai on a series of design, build, operate projects for waste water treatment facilities
  • Rabigh Refining & Petrochemical Company (Petro Rabigh) with respect to its Phase 2 expansion
  • International public-sector clients and international financial institutions with respect to P3/private-sector participation in water and wastewater projects in South Africa, Kenya, Jordan, Yemen, Mozambique, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, India, Gaza and the West Bank, Zambia, Lesotho, Georgia, the Philippines, Armenia, the Ukraine and Tajikistan
  • International public-sector clients and international financial institutions with respect to regulatory and institutional structuring issues that arise in the context of P3 projects
  • A shortlisted bidder in connection with the Ottawa Light Rail Transit project
  • Lender to the successful proponent in the C$143.3-million P3 transaction to renew and restore 13 single room occupancy hotels in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Legacy Village Partners consortium, one of three shortlisted bidders, in connection with the Toronto 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games Athletes' Village project
  • A shortlisted bidder in connection with the Toronto Air Rail Spur Link project
  • An international infrastructure developer on the implementation of an electronic bidding and tendering system for its Canadian operations

Graham is recognized as a leading Canadian lawyer in the most recent editions of the following publications:

  • Who's Who Legal: Government Contracts 2016
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (Projects: PPP & Infrastructure) - according to sources, "he brings great insight into where government authorities are coming from." One interviewee added: "He is a calm guy and a good lawyer with a great working knowledge of the documents."
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (Public Procurement) - According to Chambers, he "is recognised for his intimate knowledge of the PPP structure…and for his 'great understanding of the procurement process.'"
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada (Public Procurement Law)
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada (Public Procurement Law)