Course Details

An introduction to the role of the Corporate Enforcement Authority, its background, investigative powers, evidence gathering tools and criminal and civil outcomes. Recent caselaw regarding restriction and disqualification of directors will also be reviewed. 

In this session David J Hegarty covers the following topics;

  • The functions of the Corporate Enforcement Authority under the Companies Act 2014
  • Investigative powers available under the Companies Act 2014.
  • The gathering of evidence and information by the CEA.
  • Criminal and Civil outcomes together with a review of recent caselaw
  • CSRD and CSDDD current position and what’s next.

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David Hegarty

David Hegarty is Director of Legal & Policy. A barrister, he was formerly an Enforcement Portfolio Manager with the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE).

He qualified as a solicitor in 2002 and transferred to the Bar in 2006, practising primarily in the area of criminal defence and advocacy.

Prior to joining the ODCE, he was Advisory Counsel in the Office of the Parliamentary Legal Adviser advising the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission and Service and Parliamentary Committees on constitutional, parliamentary and administrative law matters.

He has also worked as a legal officer in the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) and at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague, working in Judges’ Chambers with international judges trying economic crime, corruption, abuse of public office, war crimes and conspiracy to commit terrorism cases.