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James Harmer

Associate in our Corporate practice, based in London.

James’s practice is principally focused on advising clients on corporate finance transactions. He has extensive experience advising corporate and investment banking clients on debt securities offerings including for companies based in the United Kingdom, Europe, Africa, Russia and North America

Experience highlights

  • Aptiv on its $650 million senior notes offering
  • Comcast on its consent soliciation relating to c.$10 billion of Sky bonds
  • Advised the dealers in connection with Danske Bank's $3 billion notes offering
  • Arranger and dealers on the $15 billion MTN program update and $7.75 billion in notes offerings by Danske Bank
  • Dealers and joint lead managers on the $10 billion notes offering by the Emirate of Abu Dhabi
  • Dufry AG on its intermediated cash tender offer
  • Ferguson on its debut $750 million senior notes offering
  • Joint active bookrunners on the $1 billion notes offering and cash tender offer by Gold Fields
  • Dealer managers on the tender and exchange offers and inaugural Tier 2 notes offering by Novo Banco
  • Ocado on its consent solicitation relating to the formation of a 50/50 joint venture between Ocado and Marks and Spencer
  • Advised Signature Aviation plc (formerly BBA Aviation plc) in connection with its Rule 144A/Regulation S senior notes offerings
  • Société Générale on its $1.25 billion additional Tier 1 notes offering
  • Syngenta on its $4.75 billion senior notes offering

Prior to joining Davis Polk, James advised global corporate and banking clients on a wide variety of corporate finance transactions, among others, included advising:

  • Fastighets AB Balder’s €350 million hybrid capital securities and €500 million senior notes offerings
  • Hungary’s €1 billion senior notes offering
  • Saga’s £250 million guaranteed bonds offering
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Ph.D., English Literature, University of Cambridge
M.Phil., English Literature, University of Cambridge
B.A., English, University of Cambridge
  • with honours
Professional history
  • Associate, Davis Polk, 2018-present
  • Clifford Chance, 2015-2017
  • Research Fellow, College Lecturer and Director of Studies in English, St. John's College, University of Cambridge, 2006-2013
Qualifications and Admissions
  • England and Wales
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