James Harmer
  1. Associate

Mr. 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


  • Aptiv plc on its $650 million senior notes offering
  • Ferguson plc in connection with its $750 million senior notes offering
  • Novo Banco S.A.’s €400 million Tier 2 notes offering
  • The arranger and dealers in connection with Danske Bank’s $15 billion MTN program update and $4.75 billion in notes offerings
  • Syngenta AG’s $4.75 billion senior notes offering
  • Société Générale’s $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 plc’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