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Osborne Clarke's third representative office in US focuses on international arbitration and tech law.

Photo: Javier Fernández-Samaniego 

In September 2023 Osborne Clarke launched a rep office in Miami led by Javier Fernández-Samaniego, a Spain qualified lawyer and Foreign Legal Consultant certified by the Florida Bar.

Miami became Osborne Clarke's third US office and its 26th international location and is the next stage in the firm's US and international arbitration strategies. The firm doesn't advise on US law and instead focus on overseas legal issues

Since opening in the US in 2000, Osborne Clarke's offices in San Francisco and New York have supported hundreds of fast-growth companies establish, grow and manage their operations in overseas markets. Working with the most exciting start-ups and many of the world’s leading companies, the in-time zone team delivers experienced support and relationship management services for the full-service overseas legal needs of US clients including M&A, Dispute Resolution, Investments, Employment, Compliance or other Regulatory/Commercial Advice. According to Steve Wilson, OCUS Managing partner, Osborne Clarke aims to be "the go-to counsel for U.S. clients who need guidance and legal support overseas".

Omar Al-Nuaimi, Osborne Clarke's international CEO, commented:

"We continue to invest in our deep international expertise to support the needs of our U.S. client base. Opening in Miami presents a very exciting opportunity for the firm given it's a fast-growing vibrant hub for international arbitration and tech law. Javier is a fantastic addition to our current team".

Before joining Osborne Clarke Javier Fernández-Samaniego was heading for seven years his private practice, alternative legal service provider Samaniego Law, that had offices in Madrid and Miami. Previously Javier was Managing Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution and Commercial and IT Law Madrid team and founder of Madrid office of Bird & Bird. Before that he worked in Linklaters as Head of IT & Comms practice of the Madrid office and Cuatrecasas as Associate of litigation team and Head of Technology Law and Data Protection team in Spain.

Javier is a well-known litigator, arbitrator and mediator. He is

  • an appointee of the Kingdom of Spain as Conciliator at the Panel of Arbitrators and Conciliators of ICSID - International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes of the World Bank. 

  • arbitrator at the Pool of Arbitrators of the European Commission for dispute settlement panels under trade agreements to which the EU is a party.

  • Neutral of the Center of Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), NY, USA, as well as Member of European Advisory Board (EAB), its Mediation Committee, its Working Group on Cybersecurity in Arbitration and its Task Force on Remote Video Arbitration Proceedings

  • Member International Centre for Dispute Resolution / American Arbitration Association (ICDR/AAA)

  • arbitrator at Madrid Court of Arbitration of the Madrid Chamber of Commerce, at the TIC

  • mediator and President of the Business Mediation Advisory Committee at the Center of Business Mediation (CMEM)

  • President of the Mediators’ Appointment Committee of Madrid International Arbitration Center (MIAC) and member of its Working Group on Digital Economy

  • Mediator at the Spanish Mediation Center (CEM) of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce

Javier is also recognised as a “star individual” for technology, cyber and data protection law in Chambers rankings.

Javier Fernández-Samaniego explains:

“I feel very honoured to lead the opening of Osborne Clarke in Miami and contribute to the development of its international arbitration services and its technology, media and communication sector group. I am also very interested to work closely with Osborne Clarke's award-winning OC Solutions known for its innovative and transformational offering.

Miami is the financial capital of LATAM and gateway of LATAM investments in Europe, particularly to my birthplace Madrid. Considering the excellent international footprint and structure of Osborne Clarke, the network with US law firms and the clients base that the firm has built over the years, its pragmatic, approachable and client-centred business culture, and its extraordinary professionals, I believe that together we can deliver a lot of value for clients across the globe.”

Osborne Clarke International Arbitration Group (IAG) is led by recognised leaders in the field and supported by a team of specialists based across our offices in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and the US. The team represent multinational corporations, investors and sovereign states in complex, high-stakes international arbitration proceedings and has a proven track record and specialist knowledge across a wide range of industries. 

The IAG team comprises members and/or sponsors of the LCIA Court, the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators and Conciliators, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, the German and Netherlands Arbitration Institutes, the Milan Chamber of Arbitration, the Madrid Court of Arbitration, the Spanish Mediation Center, the Swiss Arbitration Chamber in Milan, the Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration TMT Users Council and the London International Disputes Week board, amongst others.

Besides, our dispute resolution lawyers have mediated all types of disputes and are available to advise and support through the mediation process. Mediation Lawyers | Osborne Clarke

The IAG lawyers have been recognised in Who's Who Legal, Legal 500, Global Arbitration Review and Chambers and Partners.





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