Javier Fernández-Samaniego is the Managing Director of SAMANIEGO Law, an alternative iberoamerican law firm specializing in dispute resolution and technology law.
Javier has 27 years of experience in international commercial law acquired in leading International Commercial law firms. His practice focuses mainly in prevention and resolution of commercial international conflicts (international litigation, arbitration, and ADR) and he is particularly focused in IT sector dealing with all kind of issues relating major Tech & Privacy projects (new cloud and big data business models, outsourcing transaction, data protection review programs, etc.). Javier has vast experience assisting European clients in their expansion in Latin America and US clients in their European expansion. He is Admitted in Spain and is Foreign Legal Consultant (certified by The Florida Bar).
Javier is an appointee of the Kingdom of Spain as Conciliator at the Panel of Arbitrators and Conciliators of ICSID The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes of the World Bank (end of term - February 2026). He is an arbitrator at the information and communication technologies department of the Chamber of Commerce of Madrid. He is also a CEDR accredited mediator and has advised on a number of alternative dispute resolution cases for clients. He is a member of the CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals and its European Advisory Board.
2017 - Launch of Samaniego Law.
2005-2016 - Founding and managing partner of the Spanish office of Bird & Bird and head of its Commercial, Dispute Resolution and Information Technology teams.
2000-2005 - Head of the IT and Communications at Linklaters.
1996-2000 - Head of Technology and Data Protection team at Spanish firm Cuatrecasas.
1995-1996 - In-house lawyer at the CDTI (Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology), European Space Agency representative in Spain.
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Javier lectures and writes extensively on technology law and ADR, as well as on innovation in the legal sector. He is Senior Fellow at Florida International University developing its Latin Atlantic Tech law Collaborative. He also keeps a blog Metamorphosis on the legal issues related to innovation and disruptive technology at FIDE Foundation. Javier is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Italian.
- Admitted. Madrid Bar Association (1995)
- Certified Foreign Legal Consultant. The Florida Bar (2017)