Mr Fernando Samaniego > Prieto Abogados > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

Prieto Abogados
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Work Department

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.

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Insurance

Prieto Abogados‘ team is well known for its expertise in insurance regulatory matters, in relation to the formation of new -or the acquisition of existing- insurance companies; it is also experienced in distribution agreements for insurance products, such as bancassurance agreements, mortgage related policies, cell-phone protection policies and extended-warranty policies. Patricio Prieto L‘s practice includes major insurance matters; while experienced partners Benjamin Grebe and Fernando Samaniego frequently act in insurance litigation involving construction, business interruption, insolvency and credit. The practice also fields three senior associates, including María Cristina Ríos Lianeza, who advises on insurance and reinsurance.

Chile > Real estate

The four-member team at Prieto Abogados advises on the full gamut of real estate sector work surrounding the acquisition, development and construction of large real estate projects, including assistance with tax planning, finance, corporate law, land use, environmental matters and construction issues; the team also handles due diligence work and contract negotiations. With longstanding experience in leading the real estate practice, Fernando Samaniego‘s focus includes arbitration and litigation work, particularly in relation to infrastructure and real estate disputes. Providing key support are Alejandra Bañados (promoted to counsel in 2021), whose practice includes acquisition projects, long-term lease agreements and due diligence; and senior associate Camila Urzúa, who is active in real estate transactions and bidding procedures. Former partner Cristóbal Villarino and associate Juan Andrés Ilharreborde left the firm in early 2020.

Chile > Dispute resolution: litigation

Litigation is the second largest practice at full-service, mid-sized firm Prieto Abogados. The ‘great‘ seven-strong team regularly represents longstanding clients before the ordinary courts in disputes involving energy, construction, real estate and retail; and it has expanded its practice to cover new sectors, such as insurance, transportation, healthcare, telecoms and banking. The practice also has notably robust public law litigation expertise. The experienced leaders of the litigation department are Fernando Samaniego, who specialises in real estate, construction and antitrust litigation; utilities, energy, infrastructure and antitrust disputes expert Claudio Undurraga; and Alberto González V, who is highly regarded for real estate, construction and energy disputes. Counsel Juan Pablo Riesco and senior associate Cristóbal Jiménez are also key team members.

Chile > Public law

The eight-member department at Prieto Abogados has longstanding experience in advising on public law matters and utilities; clients particularly benefit from the team comprising litigation experts, academics and transactional lawyers, who together assist with dispute resolution, sanctioning proceedings, regulatory issues during transactions, and relations with the authorities. The diverse practice of litigation and arbitration head Fernando Samaniego includes proceedings before the administrative and regulatory authorities; at associate level, environmental team head Agustín Martorell (‘great dedication to each client and case‘) has approximately ten years’ experience in administrative, environmental and regulatory matters, while counsel Juan Pablo Riesco‘s litigation experience includes administrative and regulatory authority-related proceedings. Since publication, Martorell has been raised to the partnership with effect from January 2022.

Chile > Dispute resolution: arbitration

The second largest practice at the mid-sized, full-service Prieto Abogados, the seven-member arbitration team regularly represents clients before arbitrators in disputes involving energy, construction, real estate and retail. The practice is co-led by Fernando Samaniego, who specialises in real estate, construction and antitrust litigation (and is regularly appointed as arbitrator in construction disputes); and arbitration specialist Alberto González V. Also integral to the practice is founding partner Claudio Undurraga, an active member of the firm’s energy and arbitration practices; beneath partner level, the broad disputes’ practices of counsel Juan Pablo Riesco and senior associate Cristóbal Jiménez sees them frequently involved in arbitral matters.