Attorney Marta Belcher Chairs Cryptocurrency Program at Horasis Global Meeting in Portugal

Practices: FinTech, Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Ropes & Gray attorney Marta Belcher at the Horasis Global Meeting in Portugal

Ropes & Gray attorney Marta Belcher (Silicon Valley) chaired the cryptocurrency program at the Horasis Global Meeting—one of the world’s premier annual gatherings of business and government leaders—in Portugal in April. The event was organized by the former director of the World Economic Forum and hosted by the prime minister of Portugal, in conjunction with the presidents of Armenia and Namibia, as well as Princess Märtha Louise of Norway. The meeting included 800 delegates from 70 nations, including seven heads of state and dozens of legislators and ministers, who gathered to discuss the topic of globalization.

At the meeting, Ms. Belcher discussed her practice at Ropes & Gray, which focuses on cryptocurrencies and other blockchain technologies and has involved drafting the first-ever blockchain-transferable software license, for which she was recognized by the Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Awards; serving as outside general counsel for Protocol Labs, one of the largest cryptocurrency projects; defending one of the first patent lawsuits brought against a blockchain company; and representing blockchain industry trade associations in public policy matters.

Ms. Belcher’s travel to the meeting was funded by Ropes & Gray’s Joan D. Fuller Development Grant, which is awarded by the firm’s Women’s Forum and is named for the firm’s first woman partner.

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