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Richard Montes de Oca

Secretary & General Counsel
Founder and Managing Partner
MDO Partners
“Being a member of the Miami Finance Forum is truly a rewarding experience, both professionally and personally. I have gained valuable knowledge on important business and finance issues, enjoyed networking with esteemed professionals, and established long-lasting friendships.”

Richard Montes de Oca is the founder and Managing Partner of MDO Partners, a boutique law firm that focuses on Corporate, International and Real Estate Law as well as Global Compliance and Business Ethics.

Mr. Montes de Oca is an AV-Preeminent Rated attorney in Corporate, Contracts and International Law. He specializes in corporate governance, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and securities transactions, as well as global compliance.  Throughout his career, Mr. Montes de Oca has represented clients with global compliance matters and international corporate transactions valued at over $5 billion in more than 30 countries.

Prior to establishing MDO Partners, Mr. Montes de Oca was the Associate Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of Royal Caribbean Cruises where he managed the Legal Department’s Corporate, Finance and Operations team.  He also oversaw Royal Caribbean’s Global Compliance and Ethics program. 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 is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law.  He also serves on the Executive Council of the International Law Section of the Florida Bar. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. He is also Co-Chair of the Financial Stability Impact Council and serves on the Community Investment Committee of the United Way of Miami-Dade. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Miami Finance Forum.

Mr. Montes de Oca received his law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Miami and a Masters in Business Administration from Florida International University. He completed his undergraduate studies with high honors at the University of Florida.

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