Carl A. Fornaris > Greenberg Traurig LLP > Miami, United States > Lawyer Profile

Greenberg Traurig LLP
MIAMI, FL 33131
United States

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Carl A. Fornaris is Co-Chair of the firm’s Financial Regulatory and Compliance Practice. With 26 years of legal experience, Carl advises a broad range of financial services firms – banks and their holding companies, money services businesses, investment advisers, securities broker-dealers, gaming firms, Fintechs, cryptocurrency firms, and other institutions – on all aspects of their business. These include licensing, capital-raising transactions, acquisitions and divestitures, USA PATRIOT Act/BSA/AML compliance and OFAC sanctions programs, cryptocurrency regulation, mobile money, and FinTech, federal and state agency enforcement proceedings, and Dodd-Frank Act compliance. Throughout his career, Carl has counseled clients in their dealings with the Federal Reserve, OCC, FDIC, FinCEN, SEC, FINRA, Florida Office of Financial Regulation, New York Department of Financial Services, and other state supervisory authorities.

Carl is also active in representing lenders and credit parties in financing transactions particularly credits to non-U.S. loan parties, asset-based credits, acquisition financing, and standby letters of credit.

Carl is a past General Counsel of the Florida International Bankers Association and sits on its Board of Directors. Previously, he served as Head of Legal and Compliance for the Latin America region of Barclays Bank PLC, with responsibility for managing legal and compliance matters throughout the region. Carl is an adjunct professor in the Business Law Department of the University of Miami Business School.

Banking and financial services law, regulation and compliance
Commercial lending, including credit facilities in Latin America
Anti-money laundering and OFAC compliance
Cuba Task Force
Blockchain Task Force

Financial Regulatory & Compliance
Banking & Financial Services
Latin America Practice
Investment Management
GT COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Team

Admission to Practice
District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia




  • J.D., The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 1993
  • B.S., University of Miami, 1990

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Fintech

Acting for an impressive list of emerging and established fintech service providers, exchanges and investors, Greenberg Traurig LLP has an active group with expertise across a wide range of financial instruments and payment types. This includes advice on the sourcing and integration of complex technologies and platforms. M&A, capital markets, venture capital, litigation and financial regulatory advice also feature in the group’s caseload. Key contacts in the team include Carl Fornaris in Miami, who is experienced in banking and securities, and Barbara Jones in Los Angeles, who is especially active in the blockchain and digital assets sector.