• B.C.L., 1982
    Pontifical Catholic University of Peru
  • LL.M., 1985
    Yale University
  • J.S.D.,(Doctor of the Science of Law), 1993
    Yale University
  • Equivalency, 1996
    McGill University

Year of Call/Admission

  • Québec, 1998
  • Lima, Peru, 1982

Languages Spoken

  • French
  • Spanish
  • English

Gilda Villaran, Ad.E.

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Gilda Villaran practices corporate immigration law. She assists clients in the international relocation of executives and highly qualified personnel, which includes obtaining business visas and temporary work permits in Canada, permanent residence status in Canada or Canadian citizenship. Concerning temporary work permits, her practice focuses on NAFTA and regulatory-based exemptions allowing fast-track procedures for intra-company transferees, professionals or other skilled workers.

Gilda Villaran was born and raised in Lima, Peru. After graduating with the highest grade of her class at the Faculty of Law of the Catholic University of Peru, she was called to the Lima Bar (Colegio de Abogados de Lima); then, she worked for a few years with the Peruvian Ministry of Labour, taught Labour Law in the same University and published articles in the same field. She obtained thereafter a Fulbright Scholarship and went to Yale Law School, in New Haven, Connecticut, where she earned her LL.M. (Master in Laws) and J.S.D. (Doctor of the Science of Law) degrees. She wrote her doctoral thesis under the supervision of professors Henry Hansmann, Peter Schuck and Oliver Williamson (2009 Economics Nobel Prize recipient).

She has also lived and was employed in France for six years. She worked as a Research Associate at the European Institute of Business Administration, INSEAD, in Fontainebleau, in various areas of business. For example, in the field of Business Ethics, she wrote a case study which was published by Prentice Hall in the volume entitled European Casebook in Business Ethics. She also worked on a pilot project for the European Economic Commission on Mergers and Acquisitions in Europe and was a teaching assistant for the course Industrial Policy and International Competitiveness. She settled in Québec in 1994.

After being called to the Québec Bar in January 1998, Gilda Villaran joined the Corporate and Commercial Law Section of Fasken Martineau. In 2004 she joined the Labour, Employment and Human Rights Law Section of Fasken Martineau.

She serves her clients in either English, French or Spanish.

Additional Biographies

Honours and Awards

  • Recognized as a leading practitioner in Immigration Law by The Best Lawyers in Canada (2018 edition)
  • Recognized by the Barreau du Québec as Emeritus Lawyer (2017) 
  • Recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 in Immigration Law
  • Recognized as one of the leading Canadian practitioners in the area of Immigration Law by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2015 edition) 
  • Fulbright Scholar, 1984-1987
  • Henry Ralph Ringe Scholar, Yale Law School, 1985-1987
  • Valedictorian, Catholic University of Peru, 1980


  • Member, Québec Bar
  • President of the Immigration Section of the Canadian Bar Association (Québec) (2014-2016) and member of the to National Executive (since 2012)
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Quebec Latin-American Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Bar of Montréal 
  • Member, Québec Immigration Lawyers Association (AQAADI)