Ilene Knable Gotts is a partner in the New York City law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where she focuses on antitrust matters, particularly relating to mergers and acquisitions. Recent transactions in which Mrs Gotts advised include Gaming and Leisure Properties/Pinnacle Entertainment, Faiveley/Wabtec, Charter/Time Warner Cable/Bright House, JM Smucker's/Big Heart Pet Brands, Publicis/Sapient, Level 3/tw telecom, Charter/Comcast, Charter/Bright House, Essilor/PPG Industries, Deutsche Telekom/MetroPCS, ConAgra/Ralcorp, PPG Industries/Georgia Gulf, Aetna/Coventry, International Paper/Temple-Inland, CenturyLink/Savvis, Publicis/Rosetta, Google/Nortel, Simon Properties/Prime Outlets, Altegrity/Kroll, Publicis/Razorfish and CenturyTel/Qwest. Mrs Gotts is regularly acknowledged as one of the world’s top antitrust lawyers, including being recognised as one of the top five global competition lawyers in the 2006–2015 editions of Who’s Who Legal. She was also placed in the first-tier ranking of Chambers USA and the “leading individuals” ranking of PLC’s Which Lawyer? Yearbook, and was named Antitrust Lawyer of the Year for 2016 by Best Lawyers.
Mrs Gotts previously worked as a staff attorney in the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureaus of Competition and Consumer Protection. Mrs Gotts serves on the American Bar Association's board of governors. From 2009 to 2010, she served as the chair of the American Bar Association’s section of antitrust law, and held a variety of leadership positions in the section including the international office, and chair of the mergers committee. In 2006–2007, Mrs Gotts was the chair of the New York State Bar Association’s antitrust section; she has been a member of the American Law Institute for over 15 years. Mrs Gotts is a frequent guest speaker, and has had approximately 200 articles published on antitrust-related topics. She was the editor of the second, third and fourth editions of the ABA’s Merger Review Process, Law Business Research’s Private Competition Enforcement Review (2008–2015 editions) and Law Business Research’s Merger Control Review (2010–2015 editions). She is a member of the editorial board of the publications The Antitrust Counselor, Antitrust Report and Competition Law International, and a member the advisory board of BNA’s Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report. Mrs Gotts is a member of the Lincoln Center Counsel’s Council. Mrs Gotts has been named by the BTI Consulting Group as a 2015 BTI Client Service All-Star for her level of dedication and commitment to exceptional client service.
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