Winfred Knibbeler is a partner in Freshfields’ antitrust, competition and trade group, based in the Amsterdam office. Previously a partner at a major Dutch firm, he joined the firm as a partner in 2000. He is an experienced Dutch and EU competition lawyer with a strong litigation practice.
Winfred’s recent experience includes advising Essent, the largest utility group in the Netherlands, on all competition related matters in the electricity and gas markets and Ziggo, the largest cable operator on a range of competition and regulatory matters. Winfred advised CVC on the retroactive approval by the European Commission of the CVK joint venture. Other clients include Reed Elsevier, PepsiCo, ABN AMRO, Visa Europe and Shell. Winfred is involved in a number of cartel cases and acts for the joint Dutch cable operators.
He graduated from the University of Leiden with a degree in civil and European law and was also educated in London and Paris. Winfred was admitted to the Bar in 1991 and joined NautaDutilh as an associate in the same year, becoming a partner in Amsterdam in 1997. He is the chairman of the Dutch Association of Competition Lawyers and contributes to a large number of academic courses in competition law. He regularly publishes on selected competition topics. He speaks Dutch, English, French, German and Russian.
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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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