A member of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz’s antitrust department, Ilene Knable Gotts represents and counsels clients on a range of antitrust matters, particularly those relating to mergers and acquisitions. Ms Gotts began her career as a staff attorney at the Bureau of Competition of the Federal Trade Commission in conduct and merger investigations. In 1995, Ms Gotts served as the president of the Washington Council of Lawyers. She was the chair of the antitrust and trade regulation section of the Federal Bar Association from 1995 to 1997 and the chair of the antitrust section of the New York State Bar Association from 2005 to 2006.
Ms Gotts is currently a member of the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association, having served as the chair of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law from 2009 to 2010 and in a variety of other leadership positions in the Section, including as the international officer and on the council. Ms Gotts is regularly recognised as one of the world’s top antitrust lawyers, including being selected in the 2007 through 2018 editions of Who’s Who Legal, as one of the top 15 global competition lawyers, in the first-tier ranking of Chambers Global Guide and Chambers USA Guide, and as one of the ‘leading individuals’ in PLC’s Which Lawyer? Yearbook.
Ms Gotts served as the editor of the ABA’s treatise on the antitrust merger review process for 25 years, and has had over 200 articles published on antitrust issues relating to mergers and acquisitions and Hart-Scott-Rodino compliance. She is also a frequent lecturer on antitrust topics.
Ms Gotts received her bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Maryland in 1980, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her law degree was awarded, cum laude, by Georgetown University Law Center in 1984. She currently serves on the Counsel’s Council of Lincoln Center. In 2011, the New York State Bar Association antitrust section awarded Ms Gotts the William T Lifland Service Award for her service to the antitrust bar.
The Merger Control Review provides an incisive overview and analysis of the pre-merger competition and notification regimes across key jurisdictions worldwide, as well as a discussion of recent decisions, strategic considerations and likely upcoming developments. Given the ability of most competition agencies with pre-merger notification laws to delay, and even block, a transaction, it is imperative to take each jurisdiction – small or large, new or mature – seriously.
Private competition litigation can be an important complement to public enforcement in the achievement of compliance with the competition laws. Antitrust litigation has been a key component of the antitrust regime for decades in the United States. The US litigation system is highly developed, using extensive discovery, pleadings and motions, use of experts and, in a small number of matters, trials, to resolve the rights of the parties.
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