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David Kohegyi

Dávid Kőhegyi

Local Partner, Budapest
Head of Compliance and Investigations
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.

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

He is Second Vice President, Member of the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce 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


  • Dávid Kőhegyi “has superb courtroom presentation skills. He is a very creative and tactical lawyer and has truly excellent knowledge of public international law” - Legal500, 2020
  • 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
  • Dávid Kőhegyi “has excellent communication skills, a true diplomat, with superb witness interview skills. His legal advice is very creative, straightforward, well-structured, which makes clients very comfortable“.- Legal500, 2020


  • Author of the first and second editions of the International Comparative Legal Guide to Investor-State Arbitration, 2018 and 2019


  • 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.

Rankings and Awards

  • Legal500, 2020-21, Dispute Resolution, (Individual Rankings): Rising Star