Yesterday, the General Court of the European Union approved the liquidation of Banco Popular as well as its sale to Santander for one euro in 2017. The European justice has finally ruled that the liquidation of Banco Popular was necessary in order to maintain the stability of financial markets. It stated that "no other measures could prevent it from becoming non-viable within a reasonable time" and that its sale was "in the public interest". In its entirety, the sentence dismisses the assets of shareholders who sought compensation or the return of their money.
After several lawsuits were filed by individuals, foundations, investment funds and foundations who had shares in the entity, and sought financial compensation, the decision was made. The opinion also follows the five previous rulings of this high court, which was one of the longest and most complicated cases that the TGUE has analyzed. This is the first time that the European bank resolution Directive was applied to this case. It was created in 2012 to end bank bailouts. It establishes that shareholders must pay for banking crises, and not taxpayers.
Santander was protected from the claims of Popular shareholders by the court, which had already ruled in the same manner at the start of May. The court then concluded that the Popular shares had lost their value and that the holders no longer have the right to sue the company succeeding them.