Javier Fernández-Samaniego is Managing Director of SAMANIEGO Law, an alternative Iberoamerican law firm specializing in technology law and dispute resolution with offices in Madrid (Spain) and Miami (for Latam). Javier has 25 years of experience in business law and his international practice focuses mainly in Commercial/IT disputes (international litigation, arbitration, and ADR) and negotiations and major Tech & Privacy projects (new cloud and big data business models, outsourcing transaction, data protection review programs, etc.). 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) Javier has vast experience assisting European clients in their expansion in Latin America and US clients in their European expansion. Career: 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. Academic degrees: Business Administration & European Law European Business Certificate, Universitá Politechnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy, 1994 and Law Degree: San Pablo CEU University Madrid (Spain), 1993. Javier speaks Spanish, English, French, and Italian.

LOCATION: Madrid, Spain

LICENSED TO PRACTICE IN: Spain: Admitted to practice Law in Spain (Madrid Bar Association, 1995) USA: Certified Foreign Legal Consultant by The Florida Bar (since April 2017), Bar number: 299306 / NCBE No: N10310343


PRIOR FIRM(S): Bird & Bird  |  Linklaters

LAW SCHOOL: Universidad CEU San Pablo

ADVANCED DEGREES: Senior Fellow / Latin Atlantic Tech Law Collaborative


Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Data Privacy and Cybersecurity

(Cyberliability Insurance, Governance and Compliance, Incident Response and Data Breach Counseling, Open Source Software Counseling and Compliance, Privacy and Data Protection Litigation, Regulatory Investigations)