Joshua Ratner

Joshua Ratner

Partner Co-Chair, Food + Healthy Living Practice
Joshua Ratner

Josh Ratner is a partner in the firm’s Private Equity group and co-chair of the firm's Food and Healthy Living practice. His practice focuses on leveraged buyouts, dispositions, joint ventures, growth equity investments and other equity and debt financings. He has extensive experience advising private equity funds and their portfolio companies in a wide variety of transactions.

Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Ratner was the Managing Director and General Counsel, Private Equity of York Capital Management and its private equity investment arm, the York Special Opportunities Funds, where he was responsible for all business and legal affairs. He served on the board of directors of each of the firm’s portfolio companies, either as director or observer, and managed each investment from inception to exit.

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Mr. Ratner’s experience includes:

Representative Matters



Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Advised York Capital on the
    • Acquisition of Good Feet and Dr.'s Own.*
    • Carve-out and acquisition of Mode Transportation from Hub Group.*
    • Acquisition of one of the largest franchisees in the Planet Fitness system.*
    • Acquisition from Chevron of shallow-water Gulf of Mexico oil wells.*
    • Acquisition and development of a gas-to-liquids plant.*
    • Acquisition and development of American Car Center and its securitization transactions.*
    • Acquisition of the Houlihan's restaurants and the subsequent purchase of a series of restaurants from its largest franchisee.*
    • Acquisition and development of Peachtree Hills, a continuing care retirement community in Georgia.*
    • Acquisition of The Bay Club and its subsequent sale to KKR.*
    • Acquisition and building of several age-restricted and other residential communities.*
    • Acquisition and subsequent sale of 12 car dealerships in California.*
    • Acquisition and subsequent sale of a flotation device company for offshore oil rigs.*
    • Acquisition of Shell Vacations, a timeshare vacation company, and its subsequent sale to Wyndham.*
    • Acquisition of a discount retailer.*
    • Creation of a lending platform and its subsequent sale to Medley Capital.*
    • Acquisition of a mothballed ethylene plant, its conversion to a propane dehydrogenation plant, a public offering as an MLP and its subsequent sale to Flint Hills.*
  • Advised MeadWestvaco, Inc. with respect to its $375 million sale of its Containerboard Division to Smurfit-Stone, Inc.*
Debt Financing
  • Advised Huntsman Advanced Materials LLC, an affiliate of Huntsman Holdings LLC, with respect to its issuance of $350 million senior notes issued in connection with its acquisition of the Vantico group of companies.*
Equity Securities Offerings
  • Advised Duff & Phelps Corporation, a leading provider of independent financial advisory and investment banking services, with respect to its initial public offering of approximately $133 million of Class A Common Stock.*
  • Advised NYMEX Holdings, Inc., the largest physical commodity-based futures exchange and clearinghouse in the world, with respect to its initial public offering of $383.5 million of common stock.*
General Corporate Transactions
  • Advised NYMEX Holdings, Inc. in connection with quarterly and annual disclosure documents, including Forms 10-Q and 10-K filings, quarterly press releases and proxy statements for annual shareholders meetings.*

*Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Ratner was the Managing Director and General Counsel, Private Equity of York Capital Management, a New York based hedge fund, and its private equity investment arm, the York Special Opportunities Funds. Prior to York, Mr. Ratner was an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

While in law school, Mr. Ratner served as Associate Editor for the Fordham Journal of Corporate and Financial Law.

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J.D., 2002
Fordham University School of Law
M.B.A., 2002
Fordham University Graduate School of Business
B.A., 1996
City University of New York - Queens College



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