Winfred is a partner in our Amsterdam office where he also co-heads the local antitrust group. His practice focuses on all aspects of EU and Dutch competition law, including competition litigation, and he has a strong background in regulated sectors such as energy and TMT.
Winfred’s recent experience includes advising Essent, the largest utility group in the Netherlands, on competition law issues relating to electricity and gas markets. He guided Ziggo through Liberty Global’s public offer which, following an in-depth Phase II investigation by the European Commission, created a world leader in the cable sector. He is advising UPS on its appeal of the Commission’s UPS/TNT prohibition decision before Europe’s General Court and is also active in a number of on-going cartel investigations. His other regular clients include RELX (formally known as Reed Elsevier), PepsiCo, ABN AMRO, Visa Europe and Shell.
Widely recognised in his fields of practice, Winfred is former chair of the Dutch Association of Competition Lawyers and regularly contributes to academic courses and legal publications on EU and Dutch competition law.
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WWL says: Described as "excellent", Winfred Knibbeler is one of the Netherlands' highest-profile cartel and dominance experts
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Winfred Knibbeler co-heads the Freshfields’ antitrust, competition and trade group in the Amsterdam office. He has a substantial litigation practice, especially in the TMT and energy sectors, as well as in Dutch public procurement. He handles telecoms projects as part of Freshfields’ broad competition practice. For instance, he provides Ziggo with ongoing advice regarding mobile frequency licenses.
Winfred’s recent experience includes advising Ziggo NV, the largest cable operator, on the public offer by Liberty Global plc and Ziggo on a range of competition and regulatory matters and in particular among various cable broadcasters in a landmark case on the status of cable broadcasting under Dutch copyright law. Other clients include RELX Group (formally known as Reed Elsevier), Econet Wireness ltd, Telecity Group plc, LexisNexis, RTL Nederland, UPC and Vitruvian. Winfred is also involved in a number of cartel cases and acts for the joint Dutch cable operators.
The 2014 edition of Chambers Europe states: “acclaimed competition specialist Winfred Knibbeler handles telecoms and media issues as part of his broad practice. He advises on both transactions and litigation and ‘can get the point across and narrow down the issue’ say clients”.
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