James Harmer
  1. Associate

Dr. Harmer is an associate in Davis Polk's Corporate Department, practicing in the London office. His 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

Work 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, Dr. Harmer 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

Additionally, prior to practicing law, Dr. Harmer completed his Ph.D. in English literature at the University of Cambridge where he was a research fellow and lecturer.

Professional History

  • Davis Polk since 2018
  • Clifford Chance, 2015-2017
  • Research Fellow, 2006-2013, College Lecturer and Director of Studies in English, St. John's College, University of Cambridge

Practice Focus

Bar Admissions

  • England and Wales


  • B.A., English, University of Cambridge, 2005
    • with honours
  • M.Phil., English Literature, University of Cambridge, 2007
  • Ph.D., English Literature, University of Cambridge, 2010