IE Alumni – Ricardo de la Piedra

Full name:
Ricardo de la Piedra Calle

IE program studied and graduation year:
International MBA – 2016

Current position:
Partner at Estudio Muñiz – M&A and Corporate Department.

Proudest achievement:
I think the primary achievement of a person should be to be happy in life. In my case, I am proud to say that at 33, I feel happy because I have a well-rounded life doing the things I enjoy the most, balancing (i) my job as a Partner in one of the most important Law Firms and dynamic M&A areas in Peru; (ii) teaching and performing academic activities in important Law Schools in the country; (iii) practicing sports around 5 times a week (football, boxing and gym); (iv) travelling as much as possible; and (v) spending time with my friends and family in a regular basis.

Careers Tip:
Always trust your gut among all other things and work hard to be as indispensable as possible.

Favorite quote, or your own (please state author):
“Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked” – Warren Buffet.

Fondest memory from your time at IE:
There are too many to just name one. Playing football with the guys from S1 and the other sections, the trips around Spain and Europe, the satisfaction of delivering a good project after hours of hard work, the parties hosted by each country’s students to share their (partying) culture, visits to wineries, watching Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu, the S1 Christmas Party. Even the simplest things as being able to have breakfast with your friends almost everyday. It all comes with the MBA experience!

What are your aspirations for the future?:
Keep developing professionally and personally, and keep specializing in M&A and transactional matters, while maintaining a well-rounded life balanced with sports, travelling, reading and sharing with friends and family.
On an academic note, pursuing an LLM to top my MBA degree is not out of the picture.

How did IE make an impact on your life?:
In several ways. From a personal perspective, the diversity in IE helps you grow and learn new things as much as the actual courses taught at IE. During the program, I have made friends for life all around the globe, and that is something invaluable.
From a professional perspective, I think an MBA contributes critically to a lawyer’s performance. Besides the evident knowledge in additional fields that you acquire in the program (finance, marketing, management, accounting, innovation), during a whole year you get to know how business people from different cultures, backgrounds, ages and industries think, which is very useful for a lawyer, since at the end of the day, they are your day-to-day clients.

What did you like most about Madrid?:
Madrid is a wonderful city all around. Although I am tempted to say the nightlife, I would say that Madrid’s elegance, walkable vibe, “footballish” environment and its corner coffee shops, tapa places, and bars would be in the top of my list for considering Madrid as a home away from home.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced, and how did you tackle it?:
Corporate Finance final exam (no joke intended haha). Seriously, as a lawyer, one of the biggest challenges that I had to face was getting around some courses of the MBA that required skills that I had not had the chance to develop by the time of the program, based on my previous work experience (financial modeling in excel, regression analysis and decision trees come to mind).
Luckily, I was able to tackle the challenge by working with other friends from the MBA who had no problem working with me in order to develop these skills. I like to think that I gave them some legal wisdom in return, although I am not completely sure they are aware of it (haha).
The other challenge that comes to my mind was choosing between pursuing an LLM or MBA degree.

Song which reminds you of your time at IE:
La Gozadera by Gente de Zona. It’s a fun song to party with your friends, and it fits perfectly with the diversity that you find in an IE International MBA program. Also, seven nation army from The White Stripes, which is kind of IE’s anthem.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?:
Sadly, the alarm clock. Jokes aside, I have never been a morning person (more of a night owl) so the motivation to get me out of bed in the morning has to be strong. At this point, I have found that working out in the morning (either football, boxing or hitting the gym) can be the best motivation to get ahead and make the best of your day. Once you have tackled the daily dose of sport that we need, for me it gets easier to focus, work and get things done more efficiently throughout the day.

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