Giulianna Ruiz of Trilantic North America
GP Rising Star Winner and Partner, General Counsel of Trilantic North America
We are pleased to introduce you to Giulianna Ruiz, partner, general counsel and chief compliance officer at Trilantic North America.
Tell us a bit about yourself…
I immigrated to the U.S. with my parents at age 4 from Lima, Peru to New Jersey, moved to New York City for college and since then have stayed in New York and therefore consider myself a New Yorker (although I have spent some time in Texas gulf coast during the pandemic). I love to travel and have been to over 30 countries – my next big trip is to the Svalbard, Norway.
When you were young, what did you think you would be doing for work when you “grew up”?
I believe in my kindergarten time capsule I had written that I wanted to be an art teacher when I grew up – and I actually majored in visual arts in college and thought I’d go into art law or intellectual property, but different experiences and especially mentors along the way led me to change paths.
What do you love most about working at Trilantic Capital Management?
The people and the culture. It is so important to have not just people that support you and your career development, but also to have people around you that you not only respect but can also have fun with.
Who has had the most impact on you throughout your career and why?
I was fortunate enough to have had a mentor early on in my career when I was still at Paul, Weiss – Bob Hirsh, who at the time was head of the Private Funds group (and had created the group). He was not only a great teacher but trusted me early on with complex projects and actually helped me choose Trilantic as my next career step and has continued to be a source of guidance and advice.
What’s the most amazing place you’ve visited that you urge everyone to see (once everyone starts traveling again!)?
I’m biased, but I have to say Peru, which is where I’m from. I’ve been to Machu Picchu and Cusco five times, but every time I go back I also try to see a different part of the country. One of my favorite visits was to an organic chocolate farm in Tarapoto – we took a four wheel drive about an hour to traverse a few miles of jungle, then a small motor boat down the Amazon and were greeted by the farming family who had laid out samples of all of the fruits they grew and then took us through the cacao farm and then took us to their home where they showed us the harvesting, grinding and hand cranked chocolate making process.