J. Miguel Amaya is a Managing Director at Ankura, based in the Los Angeles office. 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.
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 this role, Miguel also provided fact-finding support to the client’s in-house and outside counsel on two lawsuits in Canada. 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: