Session details

15th Annual IBA Competition Mid-Year Conference

6 Jun - 7 Jun 2019

Imperial Hotel

Session information

Abuse of dominance: ‘what do you mean by excessive pricing or superior bargaining position?’
Imperial Hotel


Antitrust Section (Lead)
Asia Pacific Regional Forum


Antitrust laws on unilateral conduct have traditionally focused on exclusionary abuses that affect the competitive process and structure of a market. However, regulators are increasingly willing to address exploitative conduct that can directly harm consumers or trading partners.

European regulators have looked at excessive pricing and unfair terms imposed on consumers. Japan, for example, has a unique provision to prevent companies from taking advantage of a position of superiority in an unreasonable way vis à-vis their trading partners.

This panel will examine the circumstances in which antitrust law can act as a check on exploitative conduct. It will also explore whether the collection of personal data and use of intellectual property can be a potential violation of antitrust law.

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Thomas Janssens Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Brussels, Belgium; Senior Vice Chair, Antitrust Section
Carolyn Oddie Allens, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; Newsletter Editor, Antitrust Section


Benedict Bleicher Rio Tinto, London, England
Koichiro Hanamoto TMI Associates, Tokyo, Japan
Kaoru Hattori Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Tokyo, Japan
Bojana Ignjatovic RBB Economics, London, England
Katrin Schallenberg Clifford Chance LLP, Paris, France