Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyonf measure.
Quoting Marianne Williamson, this is the thought of Rodrigo Alonso Martins, Head of International Taxation and Wealth Planning at Ronaldo Martins & Advogados.
Born in São Paulo, Brazil in 1981 but also with Spanish Citizenship, Rodrigo is married and the father of two lovely girls. After high school, he started both Economic Sciences and Law Universities.
Before graduation Rodrigo was involved with Tax Practice, initially focusing on Corporate Tax Planning, and afterward developing and directing the Wealth Planning Practice as part of the Tax Planning dedicated to Individual Investors.
Further, Rodrigo shared, “I stayed with my Law Firm until February 2011 when I was invited and offered a Latam Wealth Planner position by HSBC Private Bank, initially starting the position in Geneva, Switzerland and then transferred back to Brazil 2013 where I remained until June 2015. After the termination of my relationship with HSBC in 2015, I went back to my Law Firm and in July 2015 I founded our Multi-Family Office – Ripol Alliance Global Wealth Strategies – in Miami where I became the CEO and Head of Wealth Planning.”
Since its inception, Ripol Alliance has been offering a more complete and holistic approach to Wealth Management or sort to say Wealth Planning integrated with the financial side as well as the legal and
succession planning to the services developed to clients.
A Glimpse of the Multi-Family Firm
RONALDO MARTINS & Advogados offers Corporate Legal Services on a multitude of Practices, but all businesses are driven to the benefit of the clients and their economic performance and efficiency. They also offer the Wealth, Succession, and Tax Planning for Individual Investors clients of the Law Firm integrated to their Multi-Family Office – Ripol Alliance Global Wealth Strategies – where all the Wealth, Succession, and International Tax Planning is centralized and added to the Wealth Management.
The clientele varies from big multinational companies, foreign companies establishing a business in Brazil through advisory, local companies in Brazil seeking assistance in navigating through the most efficient way on the Brazilian legal system, Brazilian Companies desiring to expand their businesses and operation to other countries in special the USA and Private Clients seeking for advisory on wealth, succession, and tax matters both locally in Brazil but also internationally.
On asked about the secret behind the client’s unbreakable faith Rodrigo said, “Trust comes from us knowing and speaking the same business language as our clients. In addition to that, we take our time to understand our client’s needs and concerns to facilitate an indication of the best and most appropriate legal solutions for their cases. Finally, we are always innovating on the digital frameworks bringing to our client’s ways to not only keep closer contact with our professionals but with relevant information about their cases and works we are developing for them. Therefore, we can create such a close relationship whereby we become natural members of our client’s life and business, adding value always to their interests.”
Hurdles on the Way & The Secret Sauce
The biggest challenge is to maintain the corporate values and principles despite any challenges a business may face or faced and never let the level or quality of the professionals and know how to drop from the highest standards we set back in the foundation of our Law Firm.
Rodrigo says that learning and developing skills is the biggest secret behind the success and experience at a certain point in time, and being patient as to the eager to achieve success, because if done in a rush, may cause for a professional not to be ready to face the most demanding challenges.
Also, by understanding and accepting that the learning and growth curves are continuous, no one should think that once you get to a certain professional stage you are done because if you fall out of these continuous curves, sooner or later, you will fall and fail.
Building a Balanced and Equal Industry
According to Rodrigo, that is achieved by “Providing equal chances to all, rewarding based on competence and results – meritocracy – and providing a more humane working relationship with your employees and clients.”
At the current moment, a lot of businesses focus on economical results and growth but at a cost which is the quality of the relationships established during the action and the quality of personal life as an owner, director, or of any employee.
Therefore, by seeking this more humane side of all the relations, companies can set a higher tone of productivity and commitment of their own team and a stronger and more faithful relationship with its clients.
A Day in Rodrigo’s Life
The routine starts with the early wake-up, checking the first e-mails and messages of the day, then dressing up for work, have breakfast with family, kids go to school, provide breakfast for dog, focus on work directly until lunchtime, take a break to have lunch and check nonwork-related subjects, return to the work routine and focus until around 7:00 pm to focus on family, preparing dog dinner, enjoying some quality time with family, then going to the gym three times a week during the night, get back home, go for a walk with the dog, give a lovely good night for the kids and put them to bed, take the last shower, watch Netflix with wife and then go to sleep.
Favourite Book: Rich Dad Poor Dad
Rodrigo Alonso Martins is focusing on providing the clients a new digital experience in legal management with a new Legal Digital Platform.
This is just one more of the initiatives focused on the level of services the team provides to clients – the highest available – to facilitate to clients the understanding of the legal matters on the daily management and strategic decisions to help their companies succeed on their goals.
They are also further developing their asset management platform on their Multi-Family Office aiming to provide clients even broader access to different financial products and solutions which benefit their personal assets portfolio, possibly their business, and the risk diversification.
Feathers in the Cap
Lawyer Monthly – Legal Awards 2018 – Awarded to Rodrigo Alonso Martins/Ripol Alliance Global Wealth Strategies – Business Families Solicitor of the Year USA.
Acquisition International – 2019 Global Excellence Awards – Awarded to Ripol Alliance Global Wealth Strategies – Most Outstanding Multi-Family Office 2019 – Florida, and
US Business News – Legal Elite Awards 2020 – Awarded to Ripol Alliance Global Wealth Strategies – Best in Legal Equity Protection Consulting – Florida.
A Piece of Advice for Female Entrepreneurs
Hard work sees no difference between genders. No woman should let be put down or inferior. If their professional goals are their top priority at a certain time of their life or even their entire life, they should face the challenges as humans and forget about the difference in gender. They should focus on their capabilities aiming to excel as much as possible, develop a strong and concrete business plan and a review routine to check on the accomplishments of the business plan, and unite a capable team to support them on the business development.