Biography

Lena Hodge is a partner in the International Corporate Group. She heads up the Equity Capital Markets Team in the London office and serves on the Firm's Management Committee.

Lena 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, mergers and acquisitions, public company takeovers, and general corporate matters.

Prior to joining Brown Rudnick, Lena was a partner with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

Representation

Represented the sellers on the sale of Katsouris Limited, a Mediterranean food products business to Cranswick plc for over £50m.

Represented Victoria PLC on its refinancing of a £143.2m term and a £60m revolving facilities agreement combined with assistance on a bond issuance of €330m of bonds.

Represented Cantor Fitzgerald Europe in respect of the placing via an accelerated bookbuild and open offer by Director Plus plc, trading on AIM.

Represented Midatech Pharma PLC, trading on AIM, on its subscription by China Medical System Holdings Limited, Placing and open offer.

Represented N+1 Singer on the admission of the entire issued share capital of Renalytix AI plc to trading on AIM, which raised approximately £25m through a placing, US subscription and restricted offer to shareholders of EKF Diagnostics Holdings plc.  

Represented Victoria PLC on its acquisition of Italian ceramic floor manufacturer, Ceramiche Serra S.p.A., for cash consideration of up to €56.5m.

Represented Victoria PLC on its acquisition of Cerámica Saloni, S.A. from Obinesa Grupo Industrial, S.L. and advised Victoria on the funded for the acquisition through a combination of raising c.£60.5m by way of a firm placing and a vendor placing and the entry into new banking facilities. 

Represented Victoria PLC on its acquisition of Keraben Grupo S.A., a substantial European manufacturer of branded floor and wall ceramic tiles based in Spain, for a total consideration of €274.1m from Tensile-Keraben Holdings S.a.r.l. (an associated company for Tensile Capital Management LLC) and the founding family. Consideration was payable in cash on completion and was satisfied in part through a placing of vendor placing shares and firm placing shares to raise proceeds of approximately £180m. The vendor placing shares and firm placing shares were placed by Cantor Fitzgerald Europe and Berenberg, as joint bookrunners, with certain existing and new institutional investors.

Represented 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 (i) its initial public offering and admission to trading on the standard segment of the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange which Arix raised total gross proceeds of £100m in its oversubscribed initial public offering; and (ii) on its subsequent £100m secondary fundraising.

Represented 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, and its subsequent acquisition by Palamon Private Equity.

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 Chengdu Geeya Technology Co. Ltd., a Chinese electronics components company, listed on the Shenzhen stock exchange on its takeover of AIM traded 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 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

England and Wales
Awards and Honors
Lena was shortlisted for Euromoney's Women in Business Law Awards for "Best in Capital Markets: Equity" (2019).
Lena is selected for a Women in Law Awards 2019 for ECM work.
Lena is a Recommended Lawyer in The Legal 500 2019 Guide for Mergers & Acquisitions.
Lena was a Recommended Lawyer in The Legal 500 2018 Guide for Mergers & Acquisitions - where the Brown Rudnick team is described as "always available and approachable" and providing a "very good service".  
Lena was shortlisted for Euromoney's Women in Business Law Awards for "Best in Capital Markets: Equity" and “Best in Private Equity” (2017).
Lena was shortlisted for Euromoney's Women in Business Law Awards for "Best in Capital Markets: Equity" and “Best in Private Equity” (2016).
Lena was shortlisted for Euromoney's Women in Business Law Awards for "Best in Capital Markets: Equity" (2015).
Lena was shortlisted for Euromoney's Women in Business Law Awards for "Best in Capital Markets: Equity" (2014).
Lena was Shortlisted for The Lawyer's Client Partner of the Year (2014).