Not only do we aim to be highly regarded individuals within our own specialist field, but we also strive to be champions of change in our profession with our innovative and alternative business model.
These leadership projects involve a generous – but rewarding - donation of our time. Recent contributions worth highlighting include:
- Javier F. Samaniego is Conciliator of the Panel of Arbitrators and Conciliators of The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) appointed by the Kingdom of Spain (term Feb 2020-Feb 2026).
- Coordination of Latin Atlantic Tech Law Collaborative at Florida International University
- Participation in the Commission on the Digital Economy at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
- Participation in the working group for the GDPR Legitimate Interests Assessment Project at the Information Accountability Foundation – IAF
- Membership of the FIDE Foundation, a major think-tank in Spain, where Javier F. Samaniego runs the blog 'Metamorphosis' on legal issues connected with innovation and disruptive technology. Javier also chairs the working group on implementation of GDPR in Spain and regularly speaks at FIDE seminars on Digital Economy legal issues such as Big Data, FinTech, Robotics, etc
- The firm is a member of Google Privacy Chair at San Pablo University CEU (Spain)
- Participation in the European Advisory Board (EAB) of CPR – Center of Conflict Prevention and Resolution, NY, USA, as well as in CPR’s Working Group on Cybersecurity in Arbitration and CPR Task Force on Remote Video Arbitration Proceedings.
- Participation in the ICCA-IBA Task Force on Data Protection in International Arbitration Proceedings.
- Active participation in the Mediation Committee of the Spanish Arbitration Club (CEA)
- Taking part in the ADR Advisory group of the Spanish Ministry of Justice, in 2015
Rankings and awards
Our leadership is also acknowledged by independent international legal directories. Our team members are top-ranked by leading ranking institutes and have won prestigious awards in their fields.
- Chambers & Partners legal directory: Samaniego Law is highly ranked as law firm in the Chambers Europe 2021 edition in the TMT category for Spain. As for individuals, Javier Fernández-Samaniego is ranked as Star Individual in TMT: IT (Europe Guide - Spain, 2021 and 2020) and before that he was in Band 1 for TMT: Information Technology (Europe guide – Spain, 2019 and previous decade) as well as among Most in Demand Arbitrators (since 2019) and Recognized Practitioner for Dispute Resolution (since 2017) in Europe and Global guides. Paula Fernández-Longoria is also highly ranked in Chambers Europe Guide 2021 (TMT - Spain) as well as in its previous editions; the directory highlights her experience in privacy and cybersecurity issues.
- Leaders League: Samaniego Law appears in the 2020 rankings for Spain among the Leading law firms in the categories "Data Protection & Cybersecurity" and "Technology" and among Recommended law firms for "Trademark Litigation". It is also Highly Recommended in "Spain - International Arbitration 2021" guide and Recommended in "Spain - Commercial Litigation 2021" and "Spain - Insolvency Litigation 2020" guides. Besides Javier F. Samaniego is ranked as Excellent in "Best Arbitrators - Spain, 2021". Moreover, Blas Pinar is selected among Future Leaders – Technology, Spain, 2020.
- Acritas Stars legal directory: Javier F. Samaniego has been named “Acritas Star – independently rated lawyer’” in its prestigious ranking for 2019.
- Javier F. Samaniego is winner of Client Choice Awards of 2019 (IT and Internet Law), 2015, 2013, 2011 and 2010 editions.
- Shortlisted for FT Innovative Lawyers Report and Awards for Europe as Legal Innovator of the Year (Javier F. Samaniego) and Pioneering an Iberoamerican Alternative Law Firm model (Sep 2017).
- We form part of the Select Counsel network.
- Global Data Review: Samaniego Law is featured in GDR 100 2021, a list that identifies the world’s 100 best law firms specializing in Data. GDR belongs to Law Business Research, a leading provider of quality business information and legal insight.
- Best Lawyers legal directory names Javier F. Samaniego as the Best Lawyer in Spain for Outsourcing (2021), Privacy & Data Protection Law (2019, 2016 and 2014), Technology Law (2017) and Information Technology (2015). Besides the directory recognizes our lawyers in several categories: Javier F. Samaniego - in Arbitration and Mediation, International Arbitration, Litigation, Information Technology Law, Technology Law, Communications Law, Outsourcing, Intellectual Property Law, Privacy & Data Protection Law, Blas Piñar - in Arbitration and Mediation, Information Technology Law and Litigation, Gonzalo Hierro - in Arbitration and Mediation.
- Who´s Who Legal: Samaniego Law is ranked in the Global Guide 2021 in Transport: Aviation Regulatory and in the National guide Florida 2020 in the categories of Arbitration, Data, Mediation and Transport – Aviation. In the Global Guide 2020 Javier was ranked in "Data: Information Technology" and in 2018 he was included to "Arbitration: Future Leaders – Partners" listing.
- Javier F. Samaniego was winner of Iberian Lawyer 40 under 40 awards in 2007 and 2011.