Session details

15th Annual IBA Competition Mid-Year Conference

6 Jun - 7 Jun 2019

Imperial Hotel

Session information

New enforcement trends against vertical restraints in the online world
Imperial Hotel


Antitrust Section (Lead)
Asia Pacific Regional Forum


As technology develops and retail increasingly moves online, we are observing a rapid development of competition law enforcement in the vertical restraints arena. Old law is being applied in new and fast-changing situations. Issues include resale price maintenance via algorithmic tools, territorial restraints via geo-blocking (territorial restraints), online sales restrictions and price discrimination.

In addition, online platforms raise difficult questions where a platform acts both as a supplier of services to smaller retailers but also as a competitor (for example, the recent Amazon investigation in the European Union, and investigations into platforms in Australia and Japan). This panel will address these issues in the online retail world.

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Kyriakos Fountoukakos Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Brussels, Belgium; Secretary, Antitrust Section
Samir Gandhi AZB & Partners, Noida, India; Newsletter Editor, Antitrust Section


Michael Han Fangda Partners, Beijing, China
Etsuko Hara Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, Tokyo, Japan
Matt Hunt AlixPartners, London, England
David Mamane Schellenberg Wittmer, Zürich, Switzerland
Kimitoshi Yabuki Yabuki Law Offices, Tokyo, Japan; BIC Chair