A multinational company that manufactures tube carriages for the London Underground is embroiled in a legal dispute with an obscure Hong Kong firm over suspected corrupt payments.
Alstom, a French-headquartered multinational that makes railway carriages and rolling stock, is being pursued in the English courts by the Hong Kong firm, Alexander Brothers Limited, for more than £2m.
Alstom and its British subsidiary are refusing to pay the money, arguing that the Hong Kong firm’s work is likely to have involved corrupting public officials, and if they paid, they would run the risk of being prosecuted for bribery. Alexander Brothers says it did not act corruptly.
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