Gaby Abdelnour, who left the bank in 2012, was
questioned by the investigators in a New York-area airport, the
report said. According to the report, Abdelnour and JP Morgan
have not been accused of wrongdoing.
Abdelnour could not be immediately reached for comment. JP
Morgan declined to comment.
U.S. authorities' interest in the hiring practices of banks
operating in China first came to light in August when media
reports disclosed that the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission was looking at whether JPMorgan's Hong Kong office
hired the children of powerful heads of state-owned companies in
China with the express purpose of winning underwriting business
and other contracts.
The U.S. Justice Department is also looking at conducting an
industry-wide investigation into whether banks' hiring practices
in China breached U.S. bribery laws, according to people
familiar with the matter.
Abdelnour headed the bank's Asia operations between July 2006
and 2012, and focused, in part, on building the bank's
operations in China. In that time its Asia revenue doubled and
net earnings tripled.
Abdelnour joined JP Morgan in 1998 having worked at Merrill
Lynch in Hong Kong and Singapore, and before that at Bankers
(Reporting by Michael Erman; editing
by Eric Walsh)
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