Biography

Lena Hodge practices in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and equity capital markets (AIM and Official List).  She has extensive experience advising public and private companies and US sponsors on IPOs and secondary fundraisings, M&A, public company takeovers and general corporate matters. Lena heads up the equity capital markets tem in the London office. 
 
Prior to joining Brown Rudnick, Lena was a partner with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

Awards

Representation

Acted for Victoria Plc on its acquisition of Avalon B.V. and Grass Inc B.V., both of which are Netherlands based artificial grass distributors, for a total cash consideration of EUR16.3million (including deferred consideration). Also acted for Victoria Plc on its acquisition of the business and assets of UK underlay manufacturer, Ezifloor, for consideration of in aggregate £13million together with additional contingent consideration depending on financial targets.

Advised Arix Bioscience Plc, a global healthcare and life science company that sources, finances and develops both start up and later stage companies across the healthcare and life science sectors, on its initial public offering and admission to trading on the standard segment of the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange. Arix, headquartered in London with an office in New York, raised total gross proceeds of £1000million in its oversubscribed initial public offering.

Representing UK based real estate developer Henley Investments Limited on its commercial real estate acquisitions in the USA.

Represented AIM traded Victoria Plc on its acquisition of the Whitestone Weavers Group of Companies for approx. £14 million together with bank financing.

Advised Victoria Plc in relation to its acquisition of Interfloor. The transaction involved not only the usual acquisition documentation and due diligence but securing both bank and equity funding and all the complexities of such documents. The innovative approach of the sale of the Vendor Placing Shares to part-fund the deal has enabled Victoria to complete the transaction in only 5 weeks in a competition environment.

Represented AIM traded 1Spatial plc on its acquisition of US company Laser-Scan Incorporated, a distributor of 1Spatial geospatial products across America, for in aggregate US$7 million.

Represent Worldwide Pizza Plc on its franchise agreement in Russia with Telepizza, a Spanish pizza company.

Acted for the management of Chorus Law in connection with its merger into Simplify Group Limited together with Move with Us Limited, one of the largest panel management conveyancing companies, which have combined turnover of approximately £60 million and its subsequent acquisition by Palamon Private Equity.

Represented AIM traded Victoria PLC on its acquisition of Abingdon Flooring. The £12.2 million deal as partly funded by a £10 million private investment by Business Growth Fund.

Represented Keywords Studios PLC, a leading video game globalisation and localisation company, on its IPO and the admission of its ordinary shares to trading on AIM.

Represented AIM traded 1Spatial PLC a Big Data software company on its acquisition of Star Apic S.A, a geographical information systems software company in Belgium and France, and simultaneous £18 million placing.

Represented AIM traded Enables IT, an IT solutions company on its acquisitions of Know Technology LLC and The Support Force Group, together with a placing of shares to raise acquisition and working capital finance.

Represented AIM traded Victoria PLC in its reverse takeover of Globesign Limited and its subsidiary Westex together with a £12.5 million bank refinancing for an initial cash consideration of £16 million.

Represented Chengdu Geeya Technology Co. Ltd., a Chinese electronics components company, listed on the Shenzhen stock exchange on its £23 million takeover of AIM quoted Harvard International PLC.

Advised the management buyout team in relation to their public to private transaction of AIM quoted Independent Media Distribution plc, specialists in TV distribution, by way of a scheme of arrangement with Vitruvian Partners LLP as the private equity backers.

Advised consortium of shareholders in Victoria PLC, a carpet manufacturer, listed on the Official List of the London Stock Exchange, on its board seeking control proposal and requisition of general meeting to restructure the Board and its subsequent move to AIM.

Education

College of Law, Guildford – Law Society Finals, 1992
Staffordshire Law School – LLB, 1991

Bar Admissions

Admitted, Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales
Professional Affiliations
Awards and Honors