Dr. Dávid KŐHEGYI
Candidate for Board-Member-at-large
Dr. Dávid KŐHEGYI
David heads the Compliance and Investigations practice in DLA Piper's Budapest Office.
As a specialist in regulatory investigations and international dispute settlement, David dedicates most of his time to representing clients in solving regulatory problems, dealing with high profile investigations - often involving multiple jurisdictions - and resolving international disputes. David has a particular expertise in investor-state arbitration.
Prior to joining our team in Budapest, David worked in the Budapest and the New York offices of a magic circle law firm where he focused on international and investment arbitration. Earlier, he interned at the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat in New York.
David is a dual-qualified attorney as a member of the Budapest Bar Association and the State Bar of New York.
- University of Miskolc, Faculty of Law - J.D., cum laude (2005)
- University of Leiden, Leiden, Netherlands - Erasmus Program (2005)
- University of Cambridge, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, UK - Summer Scholarship / Research (2004)
- University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, USA - LL.M. (2008)
- Ügyvéd registered with Budapesti Ügyvédi Kamara
- Attorney, New York State Bar
Languages: Hungarian, English
‘Dávid Kőhegyi is a ‘creative and tactical thinker’. Legal 500, 2016
Why do you think membership in the American Chamber of Commerce is important for businesses operating in Hungary?
AmCham is arguably the most influential amongst the foreign chambers of commerce active in Hungary. In addition, through its vast, diverse membership - that includes not only the largest global enterprises active in Hungary but many SMEs and even individual members - AmCham Hungary provides an unrivalled platform to socialize, build networks, exchange ideas and knowledge, or to form partnerships and alliances for any Hungarian business, irrespective of its size or activities.
Through my personal experience as an active participant in the work of AmCham I found that membership not only holds opportunities to businesses per se, but also to the individuals that work at AmCham's member businesses. Over the course of the past few years I have forged lasting relationships and learnt a great deal of knowledge through the AmCham activities and events I had participated in. AmCham truly broadened my horizons and could so do for other individuals and businesses alike.
What motivates you to be an AmCham Board Member?
It would be an honour to take my work done in the past four years at AmCham Hungary to the next level and be part of steering how AmCham Hungary realizes its vision of being an indispensable partner in enhancing Hungary's competitiveness. In addition to remaining an advocate of the governance and regulatory agenda, I would also be an active supporter of education related causes.
Why do you feel you are qualified? What skills do you bring to the position of Board Member?
I am a US and Hungarian qualified attorney who studied and conducted research at some of the finest universities in the US and Europe. My work experience encompasses time spent at the United Nations Secretariat in New York, work at a Magic Circle law firm's New York office and ten years at one of the pre-eminent global law firms of the World, DLA Piper. In addition to my familiarity with AmCham's work and agenda, as a representative of DLA Piper I have a unique awareness and understanding of the legal, governance and political challenges businesses active in Hungary and the region face.
How have you been active in AmCham over the course of the last two years?
As an active participant in the work of the Governance and Transparency Committee I have spearheaded projects that aim at enhancing the governance, transparency and integrity of for- and non-profit actors in the Hungarian economy, while improving competitiveness and inspiring entrepreneurship in Hungary. I am particularly proud of my work in organizing an annual compliance conference, which we have done for the fourth time in 2018. Each year we take on different topics of relevance. In 2018 the event held the title of "Managing the Fallout: How To Mitigate the Negative Impact of a Scandal?" and addressed the delicate issue of how to deal with bet the company crisis situations. We had the good fortune to count the US Ambassador to Hungary and a real FBI Special Agent amongst our speakers. I am also quite fond of participating in other Committee member's projects, like the "Board Simulation" case study exercise. Under this project we have visited universities like ELTE, Corvinus, the CEU (and even the Wirtschaftsuniversität in Vienna, Austria) and presented students with an interactive role-playing exercise of a fictional listed company’s board meeting. I am convinced that this case study exercise is a magnificent tool to educating a future generation of leaders in Hungary (and the region). Finally, I have been a less active but committed participant in the work of the AmCham Regulatory Committee where we had several high level meetings with members of the Hungarian Government discussing various legislative proposals and policy agendas.