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Richard Montes de Oca is the founder and Managing Partner of MDO Partners. He is responsible for its vision, strategic management, and operations. He is an AV-Rated attorney in Corporate, Contracts and International Law. He focuses on corporate governance, corporate finance, mergers and acquisition transactions, and securities. He also has extensive experience representing clients in the areas of global compliance and business ethics.
Prior to establishing MDO Partners, Mr. Montes de Oca was an Associate Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of Royal Caribbean Cruises where he managed the Legal Department’s Corporate, Finance and Operations team, which provided legal services to over 20 departments and he advised senior management on all aspects of corporate governance, securities and finance matters as well as mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Montes de Oca’s representative transactions while at Royal Caribbean include a $1.2 Billion Revolving Credit Facility, a Euro 1 Billion Bond Offering, a Euro 1 Billion acquisition, a $300 Million Bond Offering, the finance of five separate cruise ships worth several hundred million dollars each and the sale of 50% interest in a significant joint venture.
Mr. Montes de Oca also oversaw Royal Caribbean’s Global Compliance and Ethics program, which focuses on fraud, anti-corruption, anti-trust, confidentiality, insider trading, conflicts of interest, labor and employment and various other areas. In this role, Mr. Montes de Oca was responsible for promoting the company’s ethical culture, conducting risk assessments, drafting and training on corporate policies, managing the company’s confidential reporting hotline, conducting internal investigations and auditing and monitoring the program. He also oversaw the company’s Records Management and Contracts Management programs.
Prior to joining Royal Caribbean, Mr. Montes de Oca was Senior Counsel at World Fuel Services and an attorney at Holland & Knight in the Securities and International Transactions practice groups.
Mr. Montes de Oca received his law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Miami and a Masters of Business Administration from Florida International University. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Florida and was awarded his degree with high honors.
In the community, Mr. Montes de Oca is actively involved with the United Way of Miami-Dade, the Cuban American Bar Association and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. In 2010, he was recognized as being among the 40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of Miami-Dade County and in 2006 he was recognized as a Legal Elite Up and Comer by Florida Trend magazine.