Analysis: “To Be or Not to Be… ‘a Jurisdiction’. A Comment on the Banco Santander Case” by Daniel Sarmiento
Yesterday, Advocate General Hogan delivered an eagerly awaited Opinion in the case of Banco Santander, in which the Court of Justice will review its position on the concept of “jurisdiction” eligible to make a preliminary reference. The case is highly relevant for several reasons.
First, the Court is signalling its intention to make a statement by sending the case to the Grand Chamber. Although the substance deals with a hugely relevant issue for corporations (the amortization of goodwill under Spanish tax law and its compatibility with State aid rules), according to the AG the Court has decided to rule in Grand Chamber to solve the jurisdictional question, not the substance. In fact, the substance is back at the General Court aft