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. Transactions in which Mrs Gotts advised include Publicis Groupe/Epislon, IFF/Frutarom, Salesforce/Mulesoft, Prysmian/General Cable, Mondelez/Tate's Bake Shop, 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 by Euromoney's Women in Business Law with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019, in the 2006-2018 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, the Antitrust Lawyer of the Year for 2016 by Best Lawyers, Top Lawyer of the Year for 2017 by Cablefax, and Number one North America Thought Leader in 2018 Edition of Who's Who Legal.
Mrs Gotts previously worked as a staff attorney in the Federal Trade Commission's Bureaus of Competition and Consumer Protection. Mrs Gotts is an officer of the IBA's Competition Committee. She served on the American Bar Association's Board of Governors from 2015-2018, having previously 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- 2018 Editions) and Law Business Research's Merger Control Review (2010-2018 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. BTI Consulting Group has recognized Mrs Gotts as a BTI Client Service All-Star for her level of dedication and commitment to exceptional client service.