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David Kohegyi

Dávid Kőhegyi

Head of Compliance and Investigations, Budapest
He has superb courtroom presentation skills. He is a very creative and tactical lawyer and has truly excellent knowledge of public international law.
Legal 500, 2020

As a specialist in regulatory investigations and international dispute settlement, Dávid Kőhegyi 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 recently participated in the renegotiation of ICSID’s Arbitration Rules. David is on ICSID’s Panel of Arbitrators as Hungary’s designee.

David is a dual-qualified attorney as a member of the Budapest Bar Association and the State Bar of New York.

He was Second Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hungary. 

Professional QualificationsLawyer (Ügyvéd) admitted to the Budapest Bar Association (Budapesti Ügyvédi Kamara), 2011
  • Hungarian
  • English
  • LL.M., University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, USA, 2008
  • University of Miskolc, Faculty of Law, JD, 2005, summa cum laude
  • University of Leiden, Faculty of Law Leiden, Netherlands, 2005 (Erasmus Scholar)

    University of Cambridge, Sidney Sussex College, Summer Scholarship / Research, Cambridge, UK, 2004


  • Legal 500, 2023, Dispute Resolution, (Individual Rankings): Next Generation Partners
  • Legal 500, 2020 - 2022, Dispute Resolution, (Individual Rankings): Rising Star


  • Author of the first to fifth editions of the International Comparative Legal Guide to Investor-State Arbitration, 2018 to 2023
  • Author of the first edition of the International Comparative Legal Guide to Sanction, 2023


  • Speaker on the AmCham Compliant A.I. event focused on the legislative and ethical aspects of AI development and deployment, 2021
  • Speaker about the Hungarian experience with ISDS at the Conference on the New VIAC Commercial and Investment Arbitration Rules, 2021
  • Speaker on the AmCham Business Forum, discussing cooperation areas between Hungary and US, 2021

Prior Experience

Prior to joining our team in Budapest in 2009, Dávid 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.