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Amit is a big producer in the office and a former professional cricketer. As Amit was leaving the office one day, a reporter from the Times of India asks him to answer a few questions about CBRE's success in a recent deal on an office tower in his city. Amit is authorized to speak for his office.

Can Amit discuss such matters with the reporter?

Yes No
Correct Answer — Yes

Since Amit is authorized to speak on behalf of his office, he may discuss specific matters or activities that happened exclusively within his office's area.

The discussion with Amit and the reporter continues. The reporter then asks Amit to answer a few questions about CBRE's global performance and the company's success going into earnings season. Being a former celebrity athlete and knowing how to handle the press, Amit feels comfortable in these circumstances and would be delighted to answer the reporter's questions.

What should Amit do?

A) Answer the reporter's questions as long as she agrees not to use his name in the article. B) Answer the reporter's questions since he is entitled, as an individual, to get his opinions and is not subject to company policies in this area. C) Refer all questions regarding the Company's financial performance to Corporate Communications.
Correct Answer — C

Amit should not provide any information or give any personal opinion on CBRE's financial performance, and refer the reporter to Corporate Communications.

Incorrect Selection

Please re-examine the situation presented carefully and choose again.

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