Carol Barnhart

Carol Barnhart

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Carol Barnhart is a corporate attorney who focuses her practice on mergers, acquisitions, and other complex, strategic negotiated deals, advising clients on a wide range of regulatory compliance, financing, and general commercial issues. She provides pragmatic legal advice for markets lacking predictability and susceptible to fraudulent activity. She also counsels clients on corporate governance matters.

Carol Barnhart rejoined Greenberg Traurig from packaging manufacturer Grupo Phoenix, where she served for several years as general counsel, chief compliance officer, and chief human resources officer. Carol, who directly managed the company’s corporate, litigation, and regulatory strategy, and advised management on legal, strategic, transactional, financing, and general commercial, also served Grupo Phoenix as corporate secretary for its Board of Directors. She has broad experience in complex strategic negotiated deals, mergers, acquisitions and compliance, having led legal teams and operations both in North America and throughout Latin America, advising clients on ways of working, customer conversations, and complex compliance issues arising from operating in Free Trade Zones and at the U.S.-Mexico Border.

Prior to her position with Grupo Phoenix, she was general counsel & chief compliance officer for BTG Pactual-owned, GlobeNet Cabos Submarinos, where she was responsible for leading the legal, regulatory and compliance agenda for the international subsea telecom cable owner and operator. Prior to that, she was vice president and assistant regional counsel M&A for Diageo. Carol also worked with several local law firms before her position with Diageo, including Greenberg Traurig.

Concentrations

  • Corporate governance and ethics
  • Route-to-market changes
  • Border and free trade zone issues
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Capabilities

Experience

  • Led Diageo in the acquisition of Rum Zacapa.°
  • Led Diageo in the acquisition of Ypioca, the third largest Caipirinha in Brazil.°
  • Led the distribution aspects of the restructuring of Diageo Latin America.°
  • Assisted in negotiations with Jose Cuervo for the potential acquisition of the tequila portfolio in Latin America.
  • Led the legal and compliance agenda for Diageo Latin America.°
  • Provided support to Diageo during the acquisition and establishment of a joint venture of a Russian brandy/cognac.°
  • General corporate representation of multinational Italian-based telecommunications company regarding its acquisitions and financings in the United States and throughout Latin America.°
  • Representation of individual artists, record producers, composers, and both independent and major record labels in a wide range of matters within the entertainment industry.°
  • Counseled major labels and publishers in the acquisition of catalogs and in the establishment of joint ventures with other independent labels.°
  • Assisted in the Terra Networks’ $12.5 billion acquisition of Lycos, Inc.

°The above representations were handled by Ms. Barnhart prior to her joining Greenberg Traurig, P.A.

  • Corporate General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, Grupo Phoenix, 2017-2019
  • General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, GlobeNet (Portfolio Company BTG Pactual), 2015-2017
  • Vice President & Assistant Regional Counsel, Diageo, 2006-2014

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., University of Miami School of Law
    • International Citator Editor & Sub-ACE, University of Miami Inter-American Law Review
  • B.B.A., University of Miami, 1995
Admissions
  • Florida
Languages
  • Spanish, Fluent