In this article we examine a recent landmark case where the European Court of Justice recognized that if a creditor challenges a national banking resolution process on the grounds that it has suffered damage, it should also have legal standing to bring a case against the relevant State aid decision as these processes are inextricably linked.

This may now provide a plausible route for creditors to attack State aid approvals of bank resolution, something that has been very difficult to date — despite the extraordinary damage that such decisions do to creditors.

Read this chapter in Shearman & Sterling's 2019 Antitrust Annual Report, "The European Courts Recognize Creditors' Interests in State Aid Decisions."

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