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Construction 2021

Professional Biography

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“He is an excellent expert and a great lawyer”

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Biography

Alex Wagemann has followed an outstanding professional path that has allowed him to acquire a unique knowledge and experience in projects of engineering and construction, integrating his legal formation by an in-depth comprehension of technical matters.

Alex is a lawyer and a graduate of the University of Chile, Master in International Construction of the University of Stuttgart; and has two diplomas from the engineering faculties of the University of Chile and the University of Santiago.

For over 25 years, he has worked on complex construction and infrastructure projects, for owners and construction companies in Latin America. He has provided support and advice for the drafting and improvement of contractual documents, and the identification of best practices in the field of contract management in engineering and construction, as well as for design and management of best practices in bidding and contracting processes and contract negotiations. He acts also as adviser during the execution of infrastructure projects, offering legal, technical and strategic support in contract management and dispute resolution.

He has a particularly broad expertise in early resolution of disputes and ADRs, handling of contractual claims, Dispute Boards, expert opinions and forensic analysis, in particular, in disputes related to delay and disruptions.

He started his professional career as a contract engineer, working onsite in the mining company Disputada de las Condes (Exxon Mobil). Soon after this, he moved to the Chilean National Copper Corporation (CODELCO), where he worked in the chief of contractor’s management department, leading the area of claim prevention and analysis, where he also introduced the use of dispute boards for engineering and construction contracts.

In 2009, he founded WAGEMANN Lawyers & Engineers, an interdisciplinary boutique firm based in Madrid (Spain) and Santiago (Chile), focused on contract and claim management for construction and infrastructure projects, which advises local and international owners and contractors in Latin America, Europe, Central Africa and the Middle East.

Since 2013, Alex has been professor of contract and claim management in the Faculty of Engineering of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, and national counsellor at the Chilean Chamber of Construction. From 2015 to 2018, he acted also as founding and board member of the Chilean Society of Construction Law.

Currently, Alex moves between Chile and Europe attending projects and Dispute Boards in both hemispheres. In addition to his duties as founding partner of WAGEMANN Lawyers & Engineers, he acts since 2018 as the chairman of the working group on Construction Contracts at the Paris-based Confederation of International Contractors’ Associations (CICA) and, in parallel, is a Board Member of the Latin American Association of Construction Law (ALDEC).

Alex speaks fluent Spanish, English and basic German.

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