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Dr. Ákos Menyhei, LL.M., TEP is the Head of the Eastern Europe Practice and Chair of the Trust and Estate Practice of Aliant. He specializes in international wealth, estate, asset and tax planning, asset protection and is highly experienced in establishing structures in a variety of jurisdictions, and combining the features of double taxation agreements between different countries to provide an optimal tax result.
Dr. Menyhei has extensive experience in corporate and commercial law, including mergers & acquisitions and is skilled at forming private investment structures, umbrella funds, multi-manager funds and others based on the needs of clients. As a tax, inheritance, and estate law expert, he regularly establishes, co-ordinates and administers estate planning and asset protection structures that minimize tax obligations and eliminate conflict and negative consequences that may arise in inheritance disputes. He has helped many clients including: venture capital starts-ups, privately held corporations and high net-worth individuals in protecting their assets.
Dr. Menyhei received his law degree from the Eötvös Loránd University of Science Faculty of Law, and his Master of Law degree in International Tax Law from the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (University of Economics of Vienna). As a result of his achievements, Dr. Menyhei was awarded the TEMPUS scholarship and took classes in international common law, EU law and international arbitration law at the University of Ghent. Dr. Menyhei also undertook a course in constitutional law and international business law at Central European University Budapest – Cardozo Law School (New York). He has been practicing law since 1995, and was admitted to the Budapest Bar Association as an attorney in 1997.
He is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the chairman of STEP Hungary and is a lecturer on the post graduate trust law degree program at Szent István University on post gradual degree in trust law.
Dr. Menyhei is the author (and co-author) of several acclaimed industry books and publications including: Limits to Tax Planning, Linde Verlag, 2013; The Trust, HVG-ORAC 2014; Business Law in Hungary, Patrocinium, 2016; Introduction of the trust in Hungary and the international practice, HVG-ORAC 2017 (editor). Additionally, Dr. Menyhei regularly publishes in Trust & Trustees by Oxford Journals, that is the leading international journal on trust law. In addition, he was recently named one of the top 100 attorneys in Hungary, and a leading expert in trusts and estates in the country.
Dr. Menyhei is fluent in English and in his native Hungarian.