Rachel Barnett is general counsel of Travelzoo Inc. (NASDAQ: TZOO), a global Internet media company and trusted publisher of travel, entertainment, and local deals.
Barnett runs the legal department and is responsible for all aspects of Travelzoo’s domestic and international legal affairs. As general counsel, she manages a wide-range of legal matters for the company, including—among other things—corporate governance, employment, intellectual property, corporate transactions, securities compliance, and general litigation.
Prior to joining Travelzoo in 2013, Barnett was a member of the litigation department at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, where she specialized in representing corporations and their officers and directors in a variety of litigation matters, including merger and acquisition litigation, shareholder derivative lawsuits, and securities fraud class actions at both the trial court and appellate levels.
Barnett’s representations include Yahoo's $44 billion unsolicited takeover offer from Microsoft, Activision's $18.9 billion transaction with Vivendi, and Lyondell Chemical Company's $12 billion merger with Basell.
She represented Bank of America Corporation involving Merrill Lynch's investments in mortgage-backed securities, Pfizer’s shareholder litigation regarding its settlements with the federal government over claims under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Rupert Murdoch in News Corporation's publicized voicemail interception matters at News of the World.
She clerked for the Honorable Vice Chancellor Stephen P. Lamb of the Delaware Court of Chancery.
She earned her J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2005. Barnett earned her B.S. from Cornell University in 2002.