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Gotts, Ilene Knable
Partner, Antitrust
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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 3, Danone/WhiteWave Foods, Gaming and Leisure Properties/Pinnacle Entertainment, Faiveley/Wabtec, Charter/Time Warner Cable/Bright House, J.M. Smucker's/Big Heart Pet Brands, Publicis/Sapient, Essilor/PPG Industries, Deutsche Telekom/MetroPCS, ConAgra/Ralcorp, PPG Industries/Georgia Gulf, Aetna/Coventry and International Paper/Temple-Inland.  Mrs. Gotts is regularly recognized as one of the world’s top antitrust lawyers, including being recognized in the 2006-2017 Editions of The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, as one of the top five global competition lawyers, 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 recognized 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 Counselor, Antitrust 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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