Notifications On Enforcement Actions

For purposes of clarification, this release explains the Foreign Investment Commission notification mandate about enforcement actions. During inquiries and examinations, Foreign Investment Commission has been requested to provide notifications regarding enforcement action. For instance, the Foreign Investment Commission is requested if it will advise the subject of the examination of the proposed action before it submits the issue under examination to enforcement agencies or decides on an alternative resolution. The Foreign Investment Commission in its mandate is not obliged to give notification about enforcement actions and no such required notification to this effect.

A firm’s privileges in connection to an investigation being conducted are set out in as such that the firm’s litigation support can be present and assess their client and address the examiner on the condition that the examiner has requested such from the firm.

This permits a firm’s representative to accomplish for the examiner, that there is no basis on which to charge the firm with any infraction or that the firm has a legal security to an alleged infringement. However, the examiner does not have to administrate on or reply to such information and it would typically be impulsive to do so.

A firm can make a legal declaration of privilege against self-incrimination. If the firm maintains privilege before replying back, the statement cannot be used as evidence against the firm in a criminal proceeding or a proceeding for the imposition of a penalty.

The firm can object to declarations that were made in the investigation being acknowledged consequently. They can also procure a documentation of the investigation. If the firm has a lawyer, they may claim legal professional privilege where applicable.

In addition, if the Foreign Investment Commission investigation affects a person’s rights, interests or legitimate prospects, evaluations must be carried out equally and fairness and impartiality must be particularly observed.

After the Foreign Investment Commission has determined the substantiations gathered in an examination, it may resolve to prepare an interim or final report having an assumption which is contrary to the standing of a firm. In this scenario, as a subject of practical equality, the Foreign Investment Commission typically notifies that firm of the contradicting assumption prior to the reports. This affords the firm an opportunity to provide significant information and make submissions to the Foreign Investment Commission.

The examiner must take actions impartially in a procedural effect. If the Foreign Investment Commission determines that a firm may have committed an infraction and that the matter should be referred to an enforcement agency, the firm is not entitled to be notified of such action. It has been decisively ascertained by various regulating agencies that when a commitment to commence proceedings is made, the principles of fairness and impartiality do not have to be observed.

It follows that the Foreign Investment Commission may take actions short of a resolution to prosecute (such as approval of leave or consenting to a person to continue criminal proceedings) without providing the matters of the resolution prior notice or requesting that firm to make filings.

The Foreign Investment Commission’s decision to pass on the resolution to the enforcement agency is an administrative action. It is the same as to those which leads ultimately to the arrival to a decision which does affect the firm’s imposition.

Apart from the fact that the law does not require notification to be provided in these circumstances, the Foreign Investment Commission is not in any case prepared to give them because the enforcement process can often be delayed by confirming these requests.

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