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Jeffrey M. Oakes

Jeffrey M. Oakes

Davis Polk & Wardwell London LLP

London, GBR

Mr. Oakes is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, resident in the London office. He is head of the firm’s European Financial Institutions Group. Mr. Oakes represents European companies and investment banks in securities offerings and other financings in the international public and private markets. He has extensive experience in advising non-U.S. companies on initial public offerings of equity and high-yield debt securities and offerings of investment-grade debt securities. Mr. Oakes also advises clients on various aspects of mergers and acquisitions and all aspects of compliance with U.S. securities regulation. He concentrates in securities offerings by financial institutions.

Work Highlights
Since the mid-1990s, Mr. Oakes has advised on equity, debt and hybrid capital transactions for many financial institutions, including AEGON, Allianz, AXA, Banco Espirito Santo, Banco Popular Espanol, Banco Sabadell, Delta Lloyd, Istituto Nazionale delle Assicurazioni, Fortis Group, ING Group, RBS, SEB, UBS and Zurich Financial Services. He has regularly advised such investment banks as Citi, Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America Merrill Lynch in capital markets transactions.

He advised Standard Life plc and Old Mutual, the South African insurer, on their demutualizations, London Stock Exchange listings and concurrent international equity offerings.

Recent transactions include advising: 

  • ¦Royal Mail on its London listing and initial public offering
  • ¦Esure on its London listing and initial public offering
  • ¦The Royal Bank of Scotland Group on various transactions, including liability management and SEC registered senior and subordinated debt offerings

    Recent transactions advising underwriters include:

  • ¦€1.54 billion initial public offering of ordinary shares of NN Group
  • ¦€2.5 billion offering of new ordinary shares of National Bank of Greece
  • ¦$1.25 billion senior debt offering and $1.5 billion covered bond offering by SEB
Listed as a leading lawyer in several legal industry publications, including: Chambers Global; Chambers Europe; Chambers U.K.; The Legal 500 U.K.; Practical Law Company’s Cross-border Capital Markets Handbook; and Legal Media Group’s Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Capital Markets Lawyers.

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York


  • A.B., Princeton University, 1975
  • J.D., University of Miami School of Law, 1979
    • magna cum laude
    • Articles and Comments Editor, University of Miami Law Review

Professional History

  • Partner, 1998-present
  • Counsel, 1996-1998
  • Senior Attorney, 1987-1996
  • Associate, 1979-1987
  • London office, 1983-1985; 1993-present
  • New York office, 1979-1983; 1985-1993



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