Mr Guillermo Puelles > Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados > Lima, Peru > Lawyer Profile

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados
Av. Pardo y Aliaga 652 piso 8
San Isidro
Lima 15073

Work Department

Antitrust, Banking and Finance, Mergers & Adquisitions, Restructuring and Insolvency.


Guillermo Puelles specializes in restructuring, insolvency and liquidation of corporations, mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance, global insurance practice (regulatory and handling of claims and coverage matters), finance and insurance in the aviation field and antitrust.


He leads the practice of Restructuring and Insolvency as well as Insurance (regulation, claims handling and coverage matters) and also dedicates to finance, insurance and regulation in Aviation matters. He also has experience in antitrust and consumer protection matters and administrative litigation.

He assists clients in corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions deals with special focus en corporations in crisis, and private or public liquidation procedures and insolvency and restructuring proceedings. He actively participates representing major creditors and relevant debtors in the most important insolvency cases in Peru.

He was appointed by the World Bank to prepare the Peruvian Chapter of a report on insolvency and creditors’ rights for a global survey done in 2010. He is the only Peruvian member of the prestigious International Insolvency Institute.

In the insurance field, he advises both insurance and reinsurance companies in regulatory, civil and corporate matters, with special focus in the handling and dispute of claims and coverage issues, aviation insurance and reinsurance litigation, supervision and investigation proceedings by the Superintendence of Banks and Insurance (“SBS”), among others.

Guillermo has worked in the National Institute for the Defense of Competition and Protection of Intellectual Property (INDECOPI). He has been a professor of Civil Law at Universidad del Pacífico, and has taught Bankruptcy Law in graduate programs of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (2008) and Universidad de Piura (2014). He was appointed by INDECOPI to write and publish the book “Insolvency Proceedings” as part of the 20th anniversary collection of such institution (bankruptcy regulator) and also has diverse academic publications in his fields of practice.


Spanish, English.


Callao Bar Association, International Insolvency Institute.


Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú – Lawyer (1998), University of Virginia – Master in Law (2004).

Lawyer Rankings

Peru > Bankruptcy and restructuring

(Leading individuals)

Guillermo PuellesRodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

Highly dominant in this sphere, Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados acts in many of the most significant and high-profile insolvency, restructuring and liquidation cases in the country. They include this year’s headline matter: LatAm Airlines’ Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filing, which includes a $2.4bn debtor in possession (DIP) financing, and parallel reorganisation in Peru. Also in the transport sector, the firm is acting for Avianca Group and Avianca Peru on the $400m liquidation of the Peruvian operation. A strong partnership trio co-lead the practice, comprising: Guillermo Puelles, an insolvency and restructuring specialist; public restructuring and liquidation adviser Hugo Silva; and Jorge Trelles, recommended for distressed company-M&A, as well as corporate liquidations. Particular sector expertise within the team includes aviation, oil, gas and mining, fishery, media communications, retail commerce and agribusiness. Scotiabank del Perú and Sociedad Minera Reliquias were among several significant client gains during the past year.

Peru > Insurance

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados retains some market share, despite enduring significant team departures in 2020. Twelve months on from assuming leadership of the practice, Guillermo Puelles appears to be balancing his broad personal practice (restructuring, insolvency and M&A) with steering the insurance work at the firm. The practice has traditionally acted for a number of international insurers and reinsurers as well as domestics, and has a strong track record of advising foreign reinsurance companies on incorporation and commencement of activities in Peru, including dealings with the relevant authorities. Associates Sabrina Montoya and Renzo Rossi are building capability in this area.