Helen is a Principal Associate in our corporate department specialising in venture capital, growth capital and infrastructure investments. Helen advises both institutions and companies/founders on start-up through funding rounds and M&A. Helen works with a variety of clients but increasingly specialises helping investors and companies on capital fund raisings and advises the likes of Gresham House, Octopus Ventures, Triple Point, Pentech, QBN and Maven Capital Partners.

Recent experience includes:

  • acting for Burda Principal investments on its further investment into Bloom & Wilde Limited as part of its £75 million Series D fundraising led by General Catalyst and Index Ventures;
  • advising Gresham House Ventures on all its investments (being Series A and B) including into Revlifter, Equipsme, Moteefe, Clarilis, Glisser, Yappy and E-consult health;
  • advising Octopus Ventures on various of its investments in the last 12 months including into Skew, Plum and All Plants;
  • acting for Octopus’ growth capital team on various investment, including their investment into Sova Assessment;
  • acting for data exchange business Harbr Groupon its seed and series A investments;
  • acting for longstanding client MML Capital Partners and the senior management team of Learning Curve Group Limited on their exit to Agilitas;
  • acting for DIF Capital on its investment into fibre broadband provider Liberatis (the 4th Utility); and
  • acting for Amber Infrastructure, manager of the National Digital Infrastructure Fund, on investments into Community Fibre and Airband.

Helen also leads on Shoosmiths spHERe initiative – our network supporting female founders and venture capitalists within the VC space. Open to all women and men, founders or venture capitalists spHERe’s goal is help women to be successful through creating a forum for more meaningful networking opportunities within the VC space and to help address the disparities that exist between female and male entrepreneurs and the ways in which we can break down the barriers to making entrepreneurship more accessible to women, increasing funding access to start-up and growth businesses as well as addressing society’s role towards gender typical roles and unconscious bias that have created barriers to entry for women.

Helen is fluent in French and read Law at the University of Reading, Helen then completed her LPC at BPP Law School in Holborn. Helen trained at Boyes Turner in Reading and qualified at Charles Russell Speechlys in September 2014 before joining Shoosmiths as a Solicitor in March 2017.

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