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John Banes

Mr. Banes, a partner based in Davis Polk’s London office since 1994, represents clients in all types of corporate finance transactions involving financial institutions and other European companies. He is also a member of the firm’s white collar and criminal defense practice and the internal investigation practice, and advises non-U.S. and U.S. companies on investigations and compliance matters and related corporate governance, financial reporting and disclosure issues.

Work Highlights

Recent Representations

Capital Markets

  • SEC-registered and Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings (including equity, convertible debt, preferred securities, investment-grade and other debt) by European financial institutions, including ABN AMRO, Deutsche Bank, Lloyds Banking Group, UBS, Julius Bär and DnBNor
  • IPOs by European issuers, including ABN AMRO, Telecolumbus, Scout24 and Schaeffler AG.

Corporate Governance, International investigations and Compliance

  • U.S. and non-U.S. companies on the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and related anti-corruption matters, including internal investigations and transactional and governance advice
  • Siemens AG on the resolution of the SEC and Department of Justice investigation into violations of the FCPA
  • The audit committee of Royal Dutch Shell in connection with their investigation of Shell’s recategorization of oil and gas reserves


  • Technip SA on its recent business combination with FMC Technologies to create TechnipFMC plc

  • Edwards Group on its sale to Atlas Copco
  • A major European transportation company on various global operational joint ventures
  • Financial advisers to Mittal Steel on its unsolicited offer for Arcelor

Of Note

  • Mellon Fellow in History, Columbia University, 1986-1987
  • Teacher (English), Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan, 1984-1986

Professional History

  • Partner, 1999-present
  • Associate, 1992-1999
  • Frankfurt office, 2000-2002
  • London office, 1994-1999; 2002-present
  • Law Clerk, Hon. J. Frederick Motz, U.S. District Court, Maryland, 1991-1992


  • Davis Polk & Wardwell London LLP
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    Davis Polk & Wardwell London LLP is a limited liability partnership formed under the laws of the State of New York, USA, and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority with registration number 566321.

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York


  • A.B., Princeton University, 1984
    • summa cum laude
  • J.D., Yale Law School, 1991
    • Coker Fellow


  • German