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:

  • 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 CPRCenter of Conflict Prevention and Resolution, NY, USA, as well as in CPR’s Working Group on Cybersecurity in Arbitration
  • 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.

  • Leaders League: Samaniego Law is ranked among the Excellent firms in Spain in the categories for IT & Data Protection 2019 and for Technologies, internet & telecommunications in 2018 and 2019 and it also appears among Recommended firms in the category for Litigation & arbitration - International arbitration 2019.
  • 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).
  • Chambers & Partners legal directory: Javier Fernández-Samaniego is ranked Band 1 for TMT: Information Technology (Europe guide – Spain, 2019 and previous decade) and is ranked among Most in Demand Arbitrators (Europe guide – Spain, 2019), he is also Recognized Practitioner for Dispute Resolution (in Europe and Global guides, since 2017).
  • We form part of the Select Counsel network.
  • Best Lawyers legal directory names Javier F. Samaniego as the Best Lawyer in Spain for Technology Law (2017), Privacy & Data Protection Law (2019, 2016 and 2014), Information Technology (2015).
  • Who´s Who Legal legal directory listing in Data: IT, Aviation: Regulatory and Arbitration: Future Leaders - Partners.
  • Javier F. Samaniego was winner of Iberian Lawyer 40 under 40 awards in 2007 and 2011.