EU Court Says Bank Rescues Need Not Hit Investors

The European Union’s top court ruled on Tuesday that junior creditors and investors need not necessarily suffer losses before a bank is rescued, a judgment that may work in Italy’s favor as it seeks to bail out its banks.

The ruling, which follows action by disgruntled investors whose savings were wiped out by a bank rescue in Slovenia, is crucial in understanding how new EU rules to impose such losses are rolled out across the region.

The so-called bail-in regime, adopted after the financial crash, forces losses on private investors before banks can be rescued by the state — in order to spare the taxpayer.

While the judges in Luxembourg made clear that imposing such losses was legally sound, they appeared not to require that this happen automatically.


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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Former Senior Market Analyst, UK & EMEA at OANDA
Based in London, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a market analyst. With many years of experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while producing macroeconomic commentary.

His views have been published in the Financial Times, Reuters, The Telegraph and the International Business Times, and he also appears as a regular guest commentator on the BBC, Bloomberg TV, FOX Business and SKY News.

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