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Corporate information 24 Jul 2019

BBVA statement on Cenyt case

The Spanish Public Prosecutor’s Office announced this morning that it has requested the Central Investigating Court number 6 of the National High Court to declare BBVA as an investigated legal entity as part of piece number 9 of the ‘Tándem’ case, which is under secrecy order.

“I want to reiterate our firm commitment to clarifying the facts and complying with the law, for which we will continue to actively collaborate with the authorities,” BBVA chairman Carlos Torres Vila said.

In this respect, BBVA has been providing information related to this case since its inception, even before the piece number 9 was opened. Since then, BBVA has also proactively shared with authorities the relevant findings of the forensic investigation, which was commissioned six months ago to Garrigues, Uría Menéndez and PwC. The bank is not authorized to publicly divulge this information given the requirement of not interfering with the judicial investigation.

In any case, the request presented by the Public Prosecutor’s Office to declare BBVA as an investigated legal entity, is a decision that belongs to the judge and does not imply -in this preliminary phase of the process- a formal accusation for any crime. Additionally, BBVA requested to appear in the case as an aggrieved party in relation to the facts under investigation. At this early stage of the instruction process, the Public Prosecutor’s Office has proposed to dismiss such request for now.

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