Uber's UK legal director takes EMEA general counsel role amid shake-up of in-house team

Uber’s UK legal director Matthew Wilson has been appointed as associate general counsel for EMEA, alongside a number of other changes to its in-house legal team.

Wilson, who began the role in June, had previously focused on the northern and eastern Europe region since July 2016. He first joined Uber as legal director for the UK, Ireland and the Nordics in July 2015 from Telefonica Digital, where he had spent three years.

He replaces Jim Callaghan, who stepped down from the EMEA GC role for personal reasons earlier this year.

Wilson’s appointment comes amid other changes to the taxi app’s in-house legal team. Helen Fletcher is now legal director of the UK and Ireland. She was previously a senior legal counsel based in the company’s London office.

In addition, Riccardo Falconi, previously EMEA legal strategy and planning director, has been appointed as legal director for western Europe and EU legal affairs.

Robert Kayihura has also been appointed as legal director for the Middle East, Africa and Pakistan. He was previously legal director for sub-Saharan Africa.

In the US, Legal Week also reported this week (13 September) that Salle Yoo, chief legal officer and first GC to Uber Technologies, is set to leave the company.

Uber is currently embroiled in a number of legal issues. These include an internal investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against a former employee, its trade secrets fight against Google self-driving subsidiary Waymo, and a recently announced US Justice Department investigation into Uber’s use of regulator-skirting software.

Earlier this year, Uber completed its EMEA panel review with DLA Piper, DWF and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) winning spots.