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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 held various positions at Diageo, the global drinks company, where she was vice president and assistant regional counsel for the Latin American region and subsequently was in charge of M&A for Diageo’s Latin American region. In that capacity, she led the regional acquisition agenda for Diageo, structured numerous strategic acquisitions and ventures throughout the Americas, redefined the company’s compliance program to address issues on global trade, supply chain and operational efficiencies, participated in third party logistics and freight negotiations along with a host of other responsibilities. Carol also worked with several local law firms before her position with Diageo.


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



  • Represented Meglabs, a global pharmaceutical and biotechnology company, in its acquisition of Victus, Inc.
  • Representation of Betterware de Mexico in its global acquisition of JAFRA from Vorwerk Group in Germany.
  • Representation of Inspire Aesthetics and Garramone Plastic Surgery, a leading network of plastic surgery and aesthetic centers in the southeastern United States in its sale to Hidden Harbor Capital Partners, a Florida based private equity firm.
  • Sell-side representation of top tier health FMO to giant insurance broker Acrisure.
  • Represented UOVO, a fine art and collections storage and services company, in the acquisition of Garde Robe, the world's first and only luxury clothing storage and valet service providing first class climate-controlled storage for couture clothing.
  • Represented UOVO, a fine art and collections storage and services company, in the acquisition of Ship/Art International and Ship Art-Terry Dowd, two of the most reputable art logistics companies in the United States.
  • Represented EFL Global Logistics (Pte.) Ltd (Singapore) and EFL Global LLC (USA), fully owned subsidiaries of Expolanka Holdings PLC, in the acquisition of 100% equity interest of IDEA Logistics LLC and its Group of Companies.
  • Represented EFL Global Logistics (Pte.) Ltd (Singapore) a, fully owned subsidiary of Expolanka Holdings PLC, in the acquisition of 100% equity interest of Complete Transport System LLC.
  • Represented OneLink Holdings, a former portfolio company of One Equity Partners (OEP) and a leading provider of business process outsourcing (BPO) and customer relationship management (CRM) solutions operating throughout Latin America, in its sale to Webhelp.
  • Representation of Hugo, a leading food delivery app in Central America, in its sale to Delivery Hero SE, the world’s leading local delivery platform. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2022.
  • Represented Keralty/Sanitas, a global health corporation, in its acquisition of Westchester General Hospital in Miami, Florida.
  • 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

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Latin Lawyer, "Latin Lawyer 250," 2020 and 2022
    • Practice Recognition: Anti-Corruption Investigations and Compliance," 2020 and 2022
    • Practice Recognition: Corporate – M&A," 2020 and 2022


  • 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
  • Florida
  • Spanish, Fluent