From The New York Times:
Federal authorities have opened a bribery investigation into whether JPMorgan Chase hired the children of powerful Chinese officials to help the bank win lucrative business in the booming nation, according to a confidential United States government document.http://dealbook.nytimes.com/...
In one instance, the bank hired the son of a former Chinese banking regulator who is now the chairman of the China Everbright Group, a state-controlled financial conglomerate, according to the document, which was reviewed by The New York Times, as well as public records. After the chairman’s son came on board, JPMorgan secured multiple coveted assignments from the Chinese conglomerate, including advising a subsidiary of the company on a stock offering, records show.
The Hong Kong office of JPMorgan also hired the daughter of a Chinese railway official. That official was later detained on accusations of doling out government contracts in exchange for cash bribes, the government document and public records show.
According to the article, this is a civil investigation being carried out by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Knowledge of this probe only came to light today.
The railway official's daughter could be connected to as much as $5 billion worth of JP Morgan business.
JP Morgan is also currently being investigated by 8 federal agencies, 1 U.S. state and 2 foreign countries, for both civil and criminal offenses.