James Harmer
  1. Associate

Dr. Harmer is an associate in Davis Polk's Corporate Department, practicing in the London office. His practice focuses on advising corporate and investment banking clients on debt securities offerings across EMEA.

Work Highlights

  • Arranger and dealers on the $15 billion MTN program update and $7.75 billion in notes offerings by Danske Bank
  • Aptiv on its $650 million senior notes offering
  • Bank of America Corporation on the establishment of its Euro-Commercial Paper programme
  • Comcast on its consent soliciation relating to c.$10 billion of Sky bonds
  • Dealers and joint lead managers on the $10 billion notes offering by the Emirate of Abu Dhabi
  • Dealer managers on the tender and exchange offers and inaugural Tier 2 notes offering by Novo Banco
  • 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
  • Ocado on its consent solicitation relating to the formation of a 50/50 joint venture between Ocado and Marks and Spencer
  • Syngenta on its $4.75 billion senior notes offering
  • Société Générale on its $1.25 billion additional Tier 1 notes offering

Prior to joining Davis Polk, work highlights included advising on:

  • 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

Professional History

  • Davis Polk since 2018

Practice Focus

Bar Admissions

  • England and Wales


  • B.A. (Hons.), English, University of Cambridge, 2005
  • M.Phil., English Literature, University of Cambridge, 2007
  • Ph.D., English Literature, University of Cambridge, 2010