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Joycelyn Barnett


Joycelyn Barnett


Joy provides strategic communications counsel to companies across industries on a wide range of special situations, including mergers and acquisitions, shareholder activism defense, restructurings and bankruptcies and management changes. She also assists clients with ongoing investor relations, corporate communications and crisis preparedness and management. Her areas of expertise include:

Mergers & Acquisitions

She advises clients in friendly and unsolicited transactions. Notable assignments include: Aerojet Rocketdyne in its sale to L3Harris; Fiserv in its merger with First Data; U.S. Concrete in its sale to Vulcan Materials; Simply Good Foods in its acquisition of Quest; 3M when it combined its Food Safety business with Neogen; and Callon Petrolium in its acquisition of Carrizo Oil & Gas.

Shareholder Activism

She has supported companies in public and private activist situations opposite some of the most notable activist investors, including Barington Capital, Carl Icahn, Elliott Management, Starboard Value and Third Point, among others.

Restructuring & Bankruptcy

She has experience with both out-of-court restructurings and in-court filings under Chapter 11. Notable assignments include Barneys New York, Frontier Communications, High Ridge Brands, JCPenney and LSC Communications.

Crisis Communications

She assists and advises companies facing a variety of crisis situations, including data breaches, unplanned leadership changes, facility closures and workforce reductions, environmental issues, regulatory inquiries, earnings surprises and litigation.

Investor Relations & Public Relations

She works with public companies to enhance their overall communications strategy, including corporate positioning, quarterly earnings preparation, investor conferences, thought leadership activities and employee communications.

Joy joined Joele Frank in 2018. She received a BA in Strategic, Legal and Management Communication from Howard University.