Uber’s Asia business under bribery cloud; allegations of bribery being probed by DOJ

Uber’s law firm O‘Melveny & Myers LLP is investigating on why some potentially problematic business dealings were not disclosed sooner.

With a federal probe looking into whether Uber Technologies broke U.S. bribery laws, the ride services company has begun reviewing its Asia operations, said sources with the knowledge of the matter.

In August, Uber had reported that it was cooperating with a preliminary investigation led by the U.S. Department of Justice into whether the company’s managers had violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

In June Reuters had reported that Uber had hired O‘Melveny & Myers LLP, a law firm, to investigate how it obtained the medical records of an Indian woman who was raped by an Uber driver in 2014.

On Tuesday, Bloomberg reported that O’Melveny & Myers is now examining records of foreign payments and is raising questions, and interviewing employees, on why some potentially problematic business dealings were not disclosed sooner.

As per the Bloomberg’s report, attorneys from O’Melveny & Myers are focusing on suspicious activities, Uber may have undertaken, in at least five Asian countries, including China, Malaysia, Indonesia, India and South Korea.

Bloomberg has reported that Uber’s law firm is reviewing financial arrangements tied to the Malaysian government that may have influenced lawmakers there.

Uber and the DOJ could not immediately be reached for comment.

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