By Andrew Ramonas
Updated 4:25 p.m.
Lobbyists at King & Spalding have come to the aid of the world's second largest tobacco company.
BATLaw Ltd., a subsidiary of London-based British American Tobacco PLC (BAT), has enlisted the firm to lobby for it on matters concerning "discrimination and market access for tobacco products under international trade and investment rules," according to lobbying registration paperwork filed with Congress last week. King & Spalding international trade practice partners Joseph Dorn, Stephen Orava and Daniel Crosby, as well as associate Joshua Snead, are handling the account.
Dorn, the founding partner of King & Spalding’s international trade practice, and Snead are based in Washington. Crosby is based in Geneva, Switzerland. Orava splits his time between Washington and Geneva, where he is the managing partner.
Orava declined to comment.
BAT, maker of Lucky Strike, Pall Mall and Kool cigarettes, operates in more than 100 countries. In the United States, BAT owns 42 percent of Reynolds American Inc.
The King & Spalding lawyers are the first lobbyists to advocate for a BAT subsidiary since 2004, when the company's Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. merged with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. to form Reynolds American. BGR Group and Hecht Spencer & Associates were the last outside firms registered to lobby for Brown & Williamson, according to congressional records.
King & Spalding also is among the firms registered to lobby for Reynolds American.