J. Miguel Amaya is a Managing Director at Ankura, based in Miami. He brings construction expertise and business acumen to claims and project management, skills that he developed and honed over three decades working on highly complex and large capital projects throughout the Americas and in Saudi Arabia. Miguel has been involved with major infrastructure initiatives including bridges and roads, power plants and refineries, and mining operations, among other projects. He has represented contractors as well as clients in lump sum turnkey, unit rate, cost reimbursable and cost-plus contracts. His experience also encompasses procurement and risk management. Miguel’s current professional work centers on dispute resolution (DRB, mediation, arbitration, litigation) and claims, change, project management advisory.
In his consulting role with Ankura he has provided expertise in damages calculations and Project Management within Oil and Gas, Infrastructure, Chemical and Transportation Industries for projects in various locations in Canada and the United States. Miguel also continues providing fact-finding support to the client’s in-house and outside counsel on two lawsuits in Canada.
Prior to joining Ankura, Miguel spent nearly two decades in managerial positions with Bechtel Corporation, the global engineering, construction, and project-management company. He was posted to Brazil, Panama, several US cities, and Santiago, Chile, where he served for six years as a project manager focused on mining. He was last based in Toronto, leading a team assessing and negotiating claims against the owner of a multi-billion subway extension project. In addition, he prepared position reports and participated in deliberation sessions with a dispute resolutions board and a mediation.
A civil engineer by training, Miguel began his career in his native Colombia and went on to work for the Italo-Argentine group Techint on such diverse projects as pipelines in Colombia, water systems in Saudi Arabia, and a refinery expansion in Brazil.
Miguel’s professional experience includes: