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WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader
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Competition 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Ilene Knable Gotts is considered “the best of premerger review practitioners” and “a tour de force antitrust deal lawyer”.  

Peers and clients say:
"Ilene is the very best competition lawyer in the market."
"She is one of the leading names in merger law."
"Ms Knable Gotts is as good a competition lawyer as they come."
"She is a true leader in US antitrust matters."
"She is a top litigator in the city, the number one really."


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 CenturyLink/Level 3Danone/WhiteWave FoodsGaming and Leisure Properties/Pinnacle EntertainmentFaiveley/WabtecCharter/Time Warner Cable/Bright HouseJM Smucker's/Big Heart Pet BrandsPublicis/SapientEssilor/PPG IndustriesDeutsche Telekom/MetroPCSConAgra/RalcorpPPG Industries/Georgia GulfAetna/Coventry and International Paper/Temple-Inland. Mrs Gotts is regularly recognised as one of the world’s top antitrust lawyers, including being recognised as one of the top five global competition lawyers in the 2006–2017 editions of Who’s Who Legal, in the first tier ranking of Chambers USA Guide, the “leading individuals” ranking of PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook, and the Antitrust Lawyer of the Year for 2016 by Best Lawyers, and Top Lawyer of the Year for 2017 by Cablefax.

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 and is an officer of the IBA's competition committee. From 2009–2010, she served as the Chair of the American Bar Association’s section of antitrust law. In 2006­–2007, Mrs Gotts was the chair of the New York State Bar Association’s antitrust section, which recognised her service to the antitrust bar with the Lifland Service Award in 2010; she has been a member of the American Law Institute for over 20 years. Mrs Gotts is a frequent guest speaker, has had approximately 200 articles published on antitrust-related topics, and served as the editor of the ABA’s Merger Review Process book, Law Business Research’s Private Competition Enforcement Review (2008­–2017 Editions) and Law Business Research’s Merger Control Review (2010­–2016 Editions). She is a member of the editorial board of The Antitrust CounselorAntitrust Report, and Competition Law International publications. Mrs Gotts is a member of the Lincoln Center Counsel’s council.  Mrs Gotts was named by the BTI Consulting Group as a BTI Client Service All-Star for her level of dedication and commitment to exceptional client service.

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