901. Power to investigate company ownership
(1) Where it appears to the Registrar that there is good reason to do so, it may appoint one or more competent inspectors to investigate and report on the membership of any company, and otherwise with respect to the company, for the purpose of determining the true persons who are or have been financially interested in the success or failure (real or apparent) of the company or able to control or materially to influence its policy.
(2) If an application for investigation under this section with respect to particular shares or debentures of a company is made to the Registrar by members of the company, and the number of applicants or the amount of shares held by them is not less than that required for an application for the appointment of inspectors under section 893(2)(a) or 893(2)(b), then, subject to the following provisions, the Registrar shall appoint inspectors to conduct the investigation applied for.
(3) The Registrar shall not appoint inspectors if it is satisfied that the application is vexatious, and where inspectors are appointed their terms of appointment shall exclude any matter in so far as the Registrar is satisfied that it is unreasonable for it to be investigated.
(4) The Registrar may, before appointing inspectors, require the applicant or applicants to give security, to an amount not exceeding 10,000 US dollars, or such other sum as it may by order specify, for payment of the costs of the investigation.
An order under this subsection shall be made by Resolution.
(5) If on an application under subsection (3) it appears to the Registrar that the powers conferred by section 903 are sufficient for the purposes of investigating the matters which inspectors would be appointed to investigate, it may instead conduct the investigation under that section.
(6) Subject to the terms of their appointment, the inspectors’ powers extend to the investigation of any circumstances suggesting the existence of an arrangement or understanding which, though not legally binding, is or was observed or likely to be observed in practice and which is relevant to the purposes of the investigation.