Dávid Kőhegyi, Presidential Candidate

Name: Dr. Dávid KŐHEGYI

Company: DLA Piper Posztl, Nemescsói, Györfi Tóth & Partners Law Firm

Position: Local Partner, Head of Compliance and Investigations (Budapest)

AmCham Membership Category: Corporate

CANDIDATE BIO

Dávid Kőhegyi heads the Compliance and Investigations practice of DLA Piper Hungary.

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 and has recently represented Hungary in the consultations with ICSID Member States in connection with the amendment of ICSID’s rules and regulations.

Prior to joining our team in Budapest in 2009, David worked in the Budapest and the New York offices of a magic circle law firm. Earlier, he interned at the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat in New York.

David has been on the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators since 2020.

David sits on the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce Hungary.

RECOGNITIONS

Dávid Kőhegyi “is precise and a well-organised manager with the ability to understand different, very complicated business processes in a quick and thorough way” Legal500, 2020

RANKINGS & AWARDS

Legal500, 2020, Dispute Resolution, (Individual Rankings): Rising Star

CREDENTIALS

Education

J.D., University of Miskolc, Faculty of Law , cum laude, 2005 University of Leiden, Faculty of Law Leiden, Netherlands, 2005 (Erasmus Scholar) University of Cambridge, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, UK - Summer Scholarship / Research, 2004 LL.M., University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, USA, 2008

Admissions
  • Lawyer (Ügyvéd) admitted to the Budapest Bar Association (Budapesti Ügyvédi Kamara), 2011
  • Attorney admitted to the New York State Bar, 2010
Languages
  • Hungarian
  • English
     

Why do you think membership in the American Chamber of Commerce is important for businesses operating in Hungary?

Dr. Dávid Kőhegyi: 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 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, hence YOU. 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 President?

DK: It would be an honour to take my work done in the past six years (two years as a member of the Board) at AmCham Hungary to the next level and continue to 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 remain an active supporter of innovation related causes.

Why do you feel you are qualified? What skills do you bring to the position of President?

DK: 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 twelve 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, through my work I have a unique awareness and understanding of the legal, governance and political challenges businesses active in Hungary and the region face.

I am not representing a single platform or group of members, I want to represent the entire membership, YOU.

How have you been active in AmCham over the course of the last two years?

DK: In addition to my work on AmCham’s Board, I am actively participating in the work of the Governance and Transparency Committee, the Regulatory Committee and I am the Board representative on the Innovation Policy Task Force.

Besides my work on the Board, supporting AmCham’s agenda, I am proud to 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 have recently worked on organizing our annual compliance conference, which we are doing for the fifth time in 2020. Each year we take on different topics. This time on business e-mail compromise and cyber-attacks. 

I am also quite fond of participating in other Committee member's projects, like the "Board Simulation" case study exercise. We visit universities like ELTE, Corvinus, the CEU (and even the Wirtschaftsuniversität in Vienna, Austria) and present 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).