WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - July 29, 2015) - King & Spalding announced today that it is collaborating with DTB Associates, a leading consultancy in the agriculture, biotech, food, and fisheries sectors, to further expand the firm's highly ranked international trade and regulatory practices and provide clients with one-stop access to world-renowned legal and policy expertise across key sectors.

"DTB Associates brings decades of experience in the negotiation and application of international trade rules in the United States and in key jurisdictions around the world affecting trade in agriculture, plant and animal health, biotechnology, food safety and fisheries," said Steve Orava, head of the firm's international trade group. "Working with DTB Associates will enhance the ability of our international trade and regulatory teams to continue adding value to our clients' most important matters."

Founded in 2000 by internationally recognized experts in trade, legal, legislative and agricultural policy, DTB's partners have previously held key government positions, such as special trade counsel to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and trade negotiators for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as well as important diplomatic posts, such as with the U.S. Trade Representative's Mission to the WTO in Geneva, the U.S. Mission to the EU in Brussels, and the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.

"We welcome the opportunity to work with King & Spalding's preeminent trade practice and to contribute our unique expertise across an array of trade and regulatory matters," said Craig Thorn, partner of DTB Associates. "The collaboration of DTB Associates and King & Spalding will provide clients with unparalleled depth and breadth of legal, policy and substantive resources critical to respond effectively and efficiently to developments in today's global markets."

"I have had the privilege to work with Craig and his team for over 20 years," said Alejandro Jara, former deputy director general of the World Trade Organization and senior counsel at King & Spalding in Geneva. "DTB Associates is unique in having in-depth knowledge of the complex technical issues and vast experience in the critical policy environment surrounding trade and agriculture issues."

King & Spalding's WTO and international trade practice is one of the largest and most sophisticated in the world. With more than 40 lawyers and trade professionals, including economists, foreign legal consultants and accountants, the group represents public- and private-sector clients in a wide range of matters affecting the cross-border market access for goods, services and investment. The firm's trade group includes former senior government officials and former officials from the WTO Secretariat and the WTO Appellate Body. The group represents WTO member countries in dispute settlement proceedings, including as lead counsel in oral arguments before WTO dispute settlement panels and the Appellate Body. King & Spalding's international trade practice was recently awarded the 2015 International Trade Team of the Year by Chambers USA.

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Celebrating more than 125 years of service, King & Spalding is an international law firm that represents a broad array of clients, including half of the Fortune Global 100, with 800 lawyers in 17 offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firm has handled matters in over 160 countries on six continents and is consistently recognized for the results it obtains, uncompromising commitment to quality and dedication to understanding the business and culture of its clients. More information is available at www.kslaw.com.

Contact Information:

Stephen J. Orava
Chair of King & Spalding’s International Trade Practice Group
1 202 661 7937