Edward G. Kehoe Receives Distinguished Alumnus Award

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 15:22

Edward G. Kehoe, a partner with King & Spalding, is the recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award for Excellence in International Law from St. John’s University School of Law. The award honors a graduate who has a distinguished legal career and has contributed greatly to the practice of international law. Kehoe received a Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from St. John’s School of Law in 1990.

Mr. Kehoe is the leader of King & Spalding’s New York business litigation practice and co-head of the firm’s international arbitration practice. He has more than 20 years' experience in business arbitration and litigation, with a focus on international disputes. Through arguments before international tribunals and the publication of scholarly articles, Mr. Kehoe – together with colleagues at his firm – has contributed substantially to the furtherance of international law jurisprudence. He is recognized by Chambers USA: Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers as one of the top lawyers in international arbitration and by Corporate Counsel as one of the top U.S. litigators in business litigation.

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King & Spalding increased its presence in the Middle East with the addition of five lawyers to its offices in Dubai, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, the firm announced today. They are counsel Mazhar Khan and associate Hassan Al Jarrah, in Abu Dhabi; senior associate Phillip C. Sacks, in Dubai; and associates Sanjarbek Abdukhalilov and Martin Forster-Jones, in Riyadh. Their arrival adds to King & Spalding’s strength in the areas of Islamic finance, finance, investment funds, mergers and acquisitions, as well as regulatory and corporate commercial work.

Mazhar Khan joined King & Spalding from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was a senior associate in its corporate department. He has been involved in some of the UAE’s largest transactions advising sovereign wealth funds, private equity and financial institutions. He also has unique insight into leading Dubai institutions, having been seconded to Dubai Group as acting general counsel, where he assisted with the group’s restructuring and establishment of Noor Group, its Islamic banking and takaful division.


Phillip C. Sacks joined King & Spalding from Walkers, where he concentrated on funds and corporate work in the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands. He specializes in investment funds, private equity, mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. He regularly advises leading sovereign wealth funds, financial institutions and asset managers on the corporate and regulatory aspects of structuring, establishing, re-organizing and liquidating fund structures.

Sanjarbek Abdukhalilov joined King & Spalding from SNR Denton. Qualified in England and Uzbekistan, he advises clients in a wide range of sectors in relation to mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate restructurings and general corporate work.

Hassan Al Jarrah joined King & Spalding from Simmons & Simmons. Qualified in England and Wales, he specializes in corporate and commercial law, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, equity capital markets, restructurings and corporate governance. He also has experience advising clients on regulatory matters, debt capital markets, banking and finance, litigation and employment law. Mr. Al Jarrah speaks Arabic, English and French.

Martin Forster-Jones joined King & Spalding from Bonheur, a London-based legal outsourcing provider he founded after leaving Linklaters LLP. Qualified in England and Wales, he focuses on debt capital markets and finance transactions, securitizations and restructurings. Mr. Forster-Jones speaks English, French, Italian, Spanish and Russian.