About the Author
Alex Wagemann is a Chilean lawyer and a graduate of the University of Chile (1996). He has two diplomas, from the engineering faculties of the University of Chile and the University of Santiago.
For over 20 years, Alex has worked on construction and infrastructure projects, mostly dedicated to contracts for engineering and services in the mining, energy, industrial, public works and concession areas, integrating a broad legal base with strong technical vision, based on labour experience and the postgraduate studies experience, which has allowed him to participate in diverse roles in major infrastructure projects in Chile and other Latin American countries.
He has led multiple planning, tendering and contracting of projects, risk analysis, negotiations, management and prevention of disputes or claims, technical assessment and arbitration; providing support to contract administrators during implementation, improving bases and contractual documents and identifying best practices in the field of contract management through knowledge management processes.
He started 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 and where he also introduced the use of dispute boards for engineering and construction contracts.
In 2009, he founded Wagemann Lawyers & Engineers, an interdisciplinary firm focused on construction and infrastructure, which has been advising local and international owners and contractors in several projects in Chile and Latin America.
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 as board member of the Chilean Society of Construction Law.
Currently, Alex moves between Chile and Europe. In addition to his duties as founding partner of Wagemann Abogados & Ingenieros (Lawyers and Engineers), he acts as the chairman of the working group on construction contracts at the Paris-based Confederation of International Contractors’ Associations (CICA). He is also pursuing a master’s degree in international construction at the University of Stuttgart, Germany.