Companies Act 2014

388.

Right to information and explanations concerning subsidiary undertakings

388. (1) Where a company (in this section referred to as the “holding company”) has a subsidiary undertaking, then—

(a) where the subsidiary undertaking is either—

(i) an existing company, a company registered under this Act or a body established in the State, or

(ii) a partnership or unincorporated body of persons having its principal place of business in the State,

it shall be the duty of the subsidiary undertaking and the statutory auditors, if any, of it to give to the statutory auditors of the holding company such information and explanations as the second-mentioned statutory auditors may reasonably require for the purposes of their duties as statutory auditors of the holding company,

(b) in any other case, it shall be the duty of the holding company, if required by its statutory auditors to do so, to take all such steps as are reasonably open to it to obtain from the subsidiary undertaking such information and explanations as are mentioned in paragraph (a).

(2) If an undertaking, body or other person fails to comply, within 5 days after the date on which it is made, with a requirement made of it or him or her under subsection (1)(a) or (b), the undertaking, body or other person, and any officer of the undertaking or body who is in default, shall be guilty of a category 2 offence.

(3) In any proceedings against a person in respect of an offence under subsection (2), it shall be a defence to prove that it was not reasonably possible for the person to comply with the requirement under subsection (1)(a) or (b) to which the offence relates within the time specified in subsection (2) but that he or she complied with it as soon as was reasonably possible after the expiration of such time.

(4) In subsection (2)“officer”, in relation to an undertaking or body, includes any employee of the undertaking or body and, if it is a company, any shadow director and de facto director of it.

Annotations

Modifications (not altering text):

C105

Application of section extended (1.01.2020) by European Union (Qualifying Partnerships: Accounting and Auditing) Regulations 2019 (S.I. No. 597 of 2019), reg. 42(7)-(9), in effect as per reg. 1(2), (3).

Offences

42. ...

(7) If any person who is a -

(a) partner in a qualifying partnership,

(b) employee of a qualifying partnership, or

(c) director of a member of a qualifying partnership,

fails to comply with a requirement referred to in section 387 of the Principal Act as applied by these Regulations, that person commits an offence and shall be liable -

(i) on summary conviction, to a class A fine or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or both, or

(ii) on conviction on indictment, to a fine not exceeding €50,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years or both.

(8) If an undertaking, body or other person fails to comply with a requirement referred to in section 388 of the Principal Act as applied by these Regulations, that undertaking, body or other person, and any officer or employee of that undertaking, body or other person, shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable -

(a) on summary conviction, to a class A fine or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or both, or

(b) on conviction on indictment, to a fine not exceeding €50,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years or both.

(9) In any proceedings against a person in respect of an offence referred to in section 387 or 388 of the Principal Act as applied by these Regulations, it shall be a defence to prove -

(a) that it was not reasonably possible for the person to comply with the requirement to which the offence relates within the time specified in the relevant provision of the Principal Act, and

(b) that the person complied with the requirement to which the offence relates as soon as was reasonably possible after the expiration of such time.

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