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

Prieto Abogados
Alonso de Córdova 4355 (piso 15)

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 heads 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 > Dispute resolution: arbitration

Full-service law firm Prieto Abogados fields a five-member team that regularly appears before arbitrators in disputes related to energy, construction, real estate and retail. It is also increasingly active in arbitrations involving mining, agriculture, investment funds, finance, healthcare and software. The group is jointly led by Fernando Samaniego, who is frequently appointed as arbitrator in construction disputes; and ‘great lawyerAlberto González Vidal, who is a real estate, construction and energy disputes expert. Key support is provided by counsel Juan Pablo Riesco and associate Agustín Prado, who both act in civil and commercial proceedings before the arbitration courts.

Chile > Public law

The ‘proactive, committed and responsible’ 10-member public and administrative law department at full-service practice Prieto Abogados covers public law disputes, sanctioning proceedings, transactions-related regulatory reviews, and interactions with authorities; the team’s recent caseload includes public law matters involving healthcare, telecoms, infrastructure, and  environmental sector clients. The group is led by the ‘very innovative’ counsel Juan Pablo Riesco, who acts for both national and international companies on regulatory and administrative matters. Partner-level support is provided by Fernando Samaniego, whose disputes practice covers proceedings before administrative and regulatory authorities; and Agustín Martorell, a recently-promoted partner who is increasingly active in administrative, public and regulatory law-related work.

Chile > Real estate

Providing a ‘great level of service’, Prieto Abogados’ four-member real estate team is regularly sought out for complex projects, as well as ongoing real estate and urbanisation issues. The group’s expertise includes acquisitions, financings, development and construction work, as well as due diligence processes, land use, environmental matters and real estate-associated tax issues. The practice of the firm’s dispute resolution head, Fernando Samaniego, also incorporates property law, construction, M&A, and capital markets; he and director Alejandra Bañados, who acts for both national and international clients on real estate and corporate work, are the key practice figures. Former senior associate Camila Urzúa departed the firm for Villarino e Ilharreborde in May 2022.

Chile > Dispute resolution: litigation

The ‘top-level team‘ at full-service practice Prieto Abogados consistently acts before Chile’s ordinary courts in energy, construction, real estate and retail-related disputes. Other areas of increasing strength include claims and disputes involving the transportation, mining, agriculture, finance, healthcare and software sectors. The firm also houses public law litigation specialists. The combined litigation and arbitration department is co-led by Fernando Samaniego, who acts primarily in real estate, construction and antitrust litigation; and real estate, construction and energy arbitration expert, Alberto González V. At counsel level, Juan Pablo Riesco assists with claims involving public law, consumer rights, real estate, construction and energy, while Agustín Prado and Cristóbal Ipinza are the associates to note. Since publication, the team has been further strengthened with the hire of white-collar litigator and economic criminal specialist María Jesús Becerra, formerly of Parraguez & Marín – effective as of January 2024.