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Fernando Samaniego

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Prieto Abogados

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Litigation and Arbitration ,Antitrust ,Corporate ,Real Estate.




Fernando Samaniego joined Prieto in 1988 and has been a partner since 1998. He currently heads the Litigation and Arbitration Department.

He manages the dispute resolution area and is counsel in lawsuits and proceedings before ordinary and arbitral courts regarding diverse matters that include disputes relating to construction, insurance, property and administrative law and environmental issues.

 He has also been legal counsel in proceedings before administrative and regulatory authorities and has acted as arbitrator.

He works actively in the Unrestricted Competition Department and is involved in diverse proceedings before the Antitrust Court.

During his career, he has practiced in several areas of the law, including the Capital Market, Mergers and Acquisitions, Property Law and Construction, and has been legal counsel in major transactions and projects.

He studied law at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and he is a member of the Chilean Bar Association since 1989. He is currently Director of Aguas Andinas S.A and he is on the arbitrators roster of the Arbitration and Mediation Center of the Santiago Chamber of Commerce and of the National Arbitration Center. He has spoken at many seminars and conferences on Arbitration and Unrestricted Competition.


He is a member of, the Chilean Bar Association.


Diploma in the Economics of Competition, Fundamentals for Attorneys, Universidad de los Andes, 2005. Law Degree, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 1989.


Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Prieto regularly acts before arbitrators and ordinary courts, particularly on disputes involving the energy, construction, real estate and retail sectors. The team is also increasingly involved in contentious insurance, transportation and healthcare-related matters. Recent work saw the team represent four electrical power generating companies in their $160m claim against GasAtacama Chile for alleged unlawful conduct. Alberto González V, Fernando Samaniego and Claudio Undurraga are the key contacts; while at associate level, Juan Pablo Riesco is also noted.

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Public law

Within: Public law

Prieto is recommended for its assistance with the public law aspects of energy sector matters. The team acted for Engie Energía in illegality claims that were filed against the Tocopilla Municipality, one of which involved private entities paying for public duties. Fernando Samaniegohas great experience and a very strategic vision’; Benjamín Grebe is widely praised; and senior associate Carolina Helfmann, who was recently appointed director of the firm’s regulatory and public law practice group, is ‘highly competent’.

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Real estate

Within: Real estate

Prieto is experienced in the acquisition, development and construction of large real estate projects, including assistance with tax planning, corporate law, land use, environmental law and construction issues. The team advised Inmobiliaria Desa on the sale of luxury building apartments, including the negotiation and elaboration of sale promissory contracts. Fernando Samaniego and Cristóbal Villarino are highly regarded.

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