Rachel Ratcliffe advises public and private companies on complex mergers and acquisitions.

Ms. Ratcliffe combines a sophisticated understanding of market practices across industries with relentless dedication to provide creative solutions to clients on:

  • Mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures
  • Take-private transactions and other business combinations
  • Joint ventures
  • SEC compliance and disclosure obligations
  • Corporate governance and other general corporate matters

A recognized leader at the firm, she serves on the global Associates Committee and is a member of the Women Enhancing Business (WEB) Committee.

Ms. Ratcliffe maintains an active pro bono practice, including advising on nonprofit and immigration matters.

Ms. Ratcliffe’s experience includes advising:

Strategic M&A

  • Authentic Brands Group on acquiring Boardriders (Quiksilver, Billabong, Roxy)
  • SMART Global Holdings on its US$225 million acquisition of Stratus Technologies
  • Liberty Media on its US$4.4 billion acquisition of Formula 1*
  • Liberty Interactive on its US$1.1 billion acquisition of General Communication*

Take-Private Transactions

  • LG Chem on its US$566 million acquisition of Aveo Oncology
  • The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Barnes & Noble in Barnes & Noble’s US$683 million acquisition by a major investment management company*
  • Tallgrass Energy LP on the US$3.5 billion acquisition of its publicly held Class A shares by Blackstone Infrastructure Partners affiliates*
  • Tallgrass Energy Holdings LLC on its US$3.3 billion sale of Tallgrass Energy LP’s general partner to Blackstone Infrastructure Partners affiliates*


  • Infrared Cameras Holdings on its proposed acquisition by SportsMap Tech Acquisition Corp.
  • Flame Acquisition Corp. on its proposed acquisition of Sable Offshore

Private Equity M&A

  • Strattam Capital and its portfolio companies, including on:
    • Its majority investments and acquisitions of SciShield and Intellect
    • Portfolio company Affinaquest’s (formerly SSB Consulting) business unit divestiture to KORE Software
  • Think Power Solutions on its equity investment and associated reorganization by Warren Equity Partners affiliates
  • AffiniPay, a private fintech company, on its US$580 million sale to TA Associates*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • California
  • Texas


  • JD, University of Texas School of Law, 2014
  • BBA, University of Oklahoma, 2011
    summa cum laude, Letzeiser Gold Medal for Top Female Graduate