Central Bank Reform Act 2010

26.

Head of Financial Regulation may issue suspension notice, etc.

26.— (1) If a person’s fitness and probity is or has been the subject of an investigation under section 25 , and the Head of Financial Regulation is satisfied that it is necessary in the interests of the proper regulation of a regulated financial service provider concerned that the person not perform the relevant controlled function, or any controlled function, while the Head of Financial Regulation, the Bank or the Governor, as the case may be, is carrying out any function in relation to the person under this Chapter or Chapter 4 , the Head of Financial Regulation may issue a notice (in this Part called a “suspension notice”) in relation to the person.

(2) When considering whether to issue a suspension notice, the Head of Financial Regulation shall have particular regard, where appropriate, to—

( a) the need to prevent potential serious damage to the financial system in the State and ensure the continued stability of that system, and

( b) the need to protect users of financial services.

(3) Before issuing a suspension notice in the circumstances referred to in section 25(2)(c) , the Head of Financial Regulation shall ask the regulated financial service provider concerned in writing whether it is actually considering the appointment of the person concerned to perform the relevant controlled function. If the regulated financial service provider confirms in writing that it is not considering such an appointment, the Head of Financial Regulation shall not issue the notice unless there is reason to believe that such an appointment will nevertheless be made, or has been made.

(4) A suspension notice—

( a) is required to be in writing,

( b) shall set out the grounds on which the Head of Financial Regulation holds the opinion referred to in section 25(1) ,

( c) shall specify whether the suspended person is suspended from performing—

(i) a particular specified controlled function,

(ii) a specified part of a particular specified controlled function, or

(iii) all controlled functions,

( d) shall require the suspended person and the regulated financial service provider concerned to show cause, in writing, within 5 days after service of the notice, why the suspension order should not be confirmed, and

( e) shall set out any condition imposed under subsection (8) on the regulated financial service provider.

(5) The Head of Financial Regulation shall serve a copy of a suspension notice on each of the following:

( a) the suspended person;

( b) each regulated financial service provider for whom, to the knowledge of the Head of Financial Regulation, the suspended person performs the specified controlled function, the specified part of a controlled function, or any controlled function, as the case requires;

( c) any regulated financial service provider that—

(i) to the knowledge of the Head of Financial Regulation, proposes to appoint the suspended person to perform the specified controlled function, the specified part of a controlled function, or any controlled function, as the case requires, or

(ii) the Head of Financial Regulation believes to be considering appointing the suspended person to perform the specified controlled function, the specified part of a controlled function, or any controlled function, as the case requires.

(6) A suspension notice may be served on a person (including a regulated financial service provider)—

( a) by delivering it to the person,

( b) by leaving it at the address at which the person ordinarily resides or, in a case in which an address for service has been furnished, at that address,

( c) by sending it by post in a prepaid letter to the address at which the person ordinarily resides or, in a case in which an address for service has been furnished, to that address, or

( d) electronically (by electronic mail to an email address, or by facsimile to a facsimile number, furnished by the person to, or otherwise known to, the Head of Financial Regulation).

(7) A regulated financial service provider on which a suspension notice is served shall immediately—

( a) give a copy of the notice to the suspended person (unless it is impracticable to do so), and

( b) after it has done so, certify in writing to the Head of Financial Regulation that it has done so.

(8) In a suspension notice the Head of Financial Regulation may impose on any regulated financial service provider concerned any terms and conditions relating to the enforcement of, or compliance with, the notice that the Head of Financial Regulation thinks fit (including any condition as to the cessation, restriction or conduct of all or part of the business of the regulated financial service provider concerned until the regulated financial service provider complies with the notice).

(9) A suspended person, and a regulated financial service provider on which a suspension notice is served, may, within the period mentioned in subsection (4)(d), make a written submission to the Head of Financial Regulation in relation to the fitness and probity of the suspended person concerned or any terms or conditions imposed.

(10) Where a person on whom a suspension notice has been served asks the Head of Financial Regulation to decide, before the end of the period provided by section 28 (b) (i) , whether or not to confirm the suspension notice, and provides material that the Head of Financial Regulation is satisfied allows him or her to make a proper and fair decision, the Head of Financial Regulation shall make all reasonable efforts to make that decision as soon as reasonably practicable.