Updated 3/1 at 4:48 p.m.
A former Internal Revenue Service chief counsel is one of two Sullivan & Cromwell lawyers lobbying for a Japanese financial services giant, the law firm told Congress this week.
Washington-based Sullivan partner Donald Korb, the head IRS lawyer from 2004 to 2009, is representing Tokyo-based Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. along with New York-based partner David Spitzer. They are advocating on "[i]nternational corporate tax issues," according to a lobbying registration filing.
Neither Korb nor Spitzer could immediately be reached for comment.
The company, which is part of the Mitsubishi Group, hasn’t had federal lobbyists before, according to congressional lobbying records that date back to 1999. But Mitsubishi Group companies have used U.S. lobbyists in the past. Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. is one of those companies.
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group has U.S. subsidiaries, including San Francisco-based UnionBanCal Corp. The company also has about a 20 percent ownership interest in Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc. Spitzer assisted Mitsubishi with its acquisition of UnionBanCal and its investment in Morgan Stanley.