Law360 Recognizes Ropes & Gray Attorneys as Rising Stars
Law360 has named four Ropes & Gray attorneys to its 2020 “Rising Stars” list. Blockchain and emerging technologies attorney Marta Belcher (Silicon Valley) was recognized as a Fintech Rising Star; corporate partner Zachary Blume (Boston) was recognized as a Life Sciences Rising Star; litigation & enforcement associate Helen Gugel (New York) was recognized as a Sports Rising Star; and private equity transactions partner Eric Issadore (San Francisco) was recognized as a Private Equity Rising Star.
About our winners:
Marta Belcher serves as outside general counsel to Protocol Labs, creator of Filecoin, one of the largest cryptocurrency projects. Marta advises the company on all aspects of cryptocurrency regulation, law, and policy, including developing the company’s legal and regulatory strategy. Marta also developed the company’s Permissive License Stack—a suite of intellectual property policies and contracts that formalizes the company’s commitment to open source ideals; she was recognized by the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Report in 2019 for this work.
Zach Blume advised Wright Medical Group in its $5.4 billion sale to Stryker, one of the largest medical device deals announced in 2019. The transaction has demonstrated many of the complexities of selling a multi-national company organized in a foreign country, including structuring challenges due to the cross-border nature and regulatory reviews in multiple jurisdictions, as well as the novel issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Helen Gugel, in the firm’s litigation & enforcement practice, served as the lead associate on the high-profile, 10-month independent investigation commissioned by the U.S. Olympic Committee into the abuse of hundreds of elite and Olympic athletes by former USA Gymnastics national team doctor Larry Nassar. The team of attorneys issued a highly anticipated, comprehensive 233-page report in December 2018 that not only determined “who knew what when” and what was and was not done in response, but also examined the structural framework and cultural conditions that were conducive to Nassar’s system of abuse.
In a headline-grabbing March 2020 transaction, Eric Issadore represented tech investment giant Silver Lake Partners in its $1 billion investment in Twitter, a sum that Twitter said would go toward a $2 billion share repurchase program. Eric guided Silver Lake through an agreement to purchase $1 billion in aggregate principal amount of Twitter’s convertible senior notes. As part of the deal, Silver Lake co-CEO and managing partner Egon Durban was appointed to the Twitter board of directors.