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Puente & Asociados
170504, QUITO

Ecuador > Labour and employment Tier 3

Puente & Asociados is best known for its non-contentious practice, providing high-level contractual advice, as well as handling the design of labour structures for both new firms and existing players seeking to restructure. The firm is also active in contentious work, acting for employees in their claims for unfair dismissal, as well as advising large pension associations. The team is led by Miguel Puente and Guillermo Córdova, while Paola Quezada is a key name from the associate ranks.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Puente; Guillermo Cordova


‘The team is made up of lawyers who have specialisms in different branches of the law, which makes its advice comprehensive and effective. Compared to other firms, they offer better value: their work is thorough, effective and prompt, and meets all the needs we have.’

‘The lawyers have a strong work ethic and we feel supported at all times. What I value the most is that although we have a delegated lawyer for our case, the whole team can follow up on issues and respond at any time we need them.’

‘Miguel Puente is an extraordinary litigator. His expertise and understanding of the law gives us a lot of security. Guillermo Cordoba is an expert in constitutional and legal matters for public and private entities. He has strategies that make it possible to win very important cases. Paola Quezada is an excellent lawyer when it comes to advising on the labour and tax fields. She looks for the best solutions and investigates all the angles, which allows us to make the best decisions.’

‘The Puente & Asociados team is very well rounded and gives immediate answers. They are a part of our team.’

‘They provide a prompt and personalised service.’

‘They are very open to discussing the client’s requirements. Miguel Puente is very friendly and professional.’

‘I think the closeness of our relationship with the team makes us feel supported in all our matters. That is a strength compared to other firms. The team’s knowledge and advice has been of great value to us.’

‘Guillermo Cordova shows creativity in solving cases, always following the law and taking into account the needs of the company. He provides a high level of client service. Paola Quezada knows how to listen and propose alternatives, and shows an excellent level of management and follow-up of cases. Miguel Angel Puente is always ready to provide solutions in all branches of law.’

Key clients


Work highlights

  • Representing ASOPREP in various claims by former participants in the organisation who are seeking retirement payments.
  • Representing an individual in a claim for unfair dismissal, in which additional compensation is requested for not taking back the worker after overcoming an illness not caused at work.
  • Acting for an individual in a claim for unfair dismissal, seeking to include the claimant’s monthly commissions as part of her salary.

Puente & Asociados was created with a special emphasis on corporate business law and as an efficient alternative for legal advice. The firm helps to optimize the growth and productivity of businesses and organizations, protecting them from potential legal contingencies, as well as giving them adequate legal advice for different contractual business.

The firm has offices in various cities, such as Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca in Ecuador; and has two international offices in Bogota, Colombia and Lima, Peru. In addition, it has an extensive network of correspondents worldwide.

Dr Miguel Angel Puente Asquet, an experienced professional who has served in national and international businesses, founded the law firm in 2001. He has been associated with professional experts in the legal field and during the last few years he has consolidated a specialized team to work for clients’ interests.

Puente & Asociados represents a number of local and international organizations due to the agile, personalized and professional services it provides, as a firm with strong values, whose goal is to render legal solutions to legal persons.

Areas of practice
Labor law: thanks to experience acquired in the labor law field, the firm offers legal advice and sponsors companies and organizations in individual and collective labor disputes. Puente & Asociados is a leading firm in labor law with a long history of cases resolved favorably for its clients. Its labor law experts, Dr Miguel Ange Puente and Dr Guillermo Cordova, have wide experience in consulting as well as academic teaching. In addition, they have collaborated in drafting labor legislation.

Corporate law: the firm handles multiple commercial and corporate matters, such as incorporating mercantile companies, opening foreign branches, corporate mergers, capital increases and others.

Civil and litigation: Puente & Asociados’ goal is to avoid legal disputes and lawsuits; but when a matter occurs in the litigation field, the firm’s specialized team represents clients’ interests to reach the best solution for the case. The experience acquired allows the team to negotiate and offer alternative solutions by representing its clients’ needs.

Intellectual property: the firm delivers advice and management of intangible assets, by the registration of trademarks, patents of invention, industrial designs and different IP rights. The legal advice also comprises the management and protection of copyright and related rights, drafting and reaching licenses, agreements and contracts.

Tax law: the firm offers corporate tax advice, protection analysis and business tax planning, and tax controversies sponsorship.

Migration law: the firm provides a comprehensive system of assessment and management of the entire immigration process for local people, and foreigners or expatriates. This process includes relocation services for corporations.

Labor Miguel Ángel Puente Asquetmiguelp@puenteasociados.com+593 999824362
Corporate Gabriela Pozogabrielap@puenteasociados.com+593 999824362
Civil/litigation Guillermo Javier Córdova Villegasguillermoc@puenteasociados.com+593 999824362
IP/MIGRATION Geovanna Puente Alarcóngpuente@puenteasociados.com+593 999824362
Tax Carlos Lictocarlosl@puenteasociados.com+593 999824362
Collection Jonathan Méndezjonathanm@puenteasociados.com+593 999824362
Dr Elizabeth Cabrera photo Dr Elizabeth CabreraAssociate at Puente & Associates Law Firm
Dr Guillermo Córdova photo Dr Guillermo CórdovaPartner at Puente & Asociados Law Firm
Dr Carlos Licto photo Dr Carlos LictoSenior Associate of the Law Firm Puente & Asociados
Adv Jonathan Méndez photo Adv Jonathan MéndezAssociate
Adv Gabriela Pozo photo Adv Gabriela PozoLawyer at Puente y Asociados Law Firm
Adv Geovanna Puente photo Adv Geovanna PuentePartner at Puente & Asociados Law Firm
Dr Miguel Ángel Puente photo Dr Miguel Ángel PuenteFounding Partner and General Manager of the Law Firm Puente & Asociados
Other fee-earners : 7
Total staff : 22
Leaders in Law
Leaders League
AIPPI (Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property)
Partners : 5