Richard Montes De Oca

Richard Monters De Oca is the founder and Managing Partner of MDO Partners. Montes De Oca is an AV-Preeminent-Rated attorney in Corporate, Contracts and International Law with over 15 years of experience. Montes De Oca is an expert in the areas of corporate governance, corporate finance, M&A transactions, and securities, as well as global compliance and business ethics.

Throughout his career, Montes De Oca has represented significant clients in a number of international corporate transactions and global compliance matters in over 30 countries, including the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe, and Russia. An ultimate team player with sound judgment, proven leadership, and tireless work ethic, Montes De Oca is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami School of Law, where he teaches Compliance, Contract Drafting, and Mergers and Acquisitions. Prior to establishing MDO Partners, Montes De Oca was Associate Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of Royal Caribbean Cruises, Senior Counsel at World Fuel Services, and an attorney at Holland & Knight.

A graduate of the University of Florida, where he received his B.A. with high honors, Florida International University, where he achieved his MBA, and the University of Miami School of Law, Montes De Oca serves on the Executive Council of the Florida Bar International Law Section and he is also a Board Member of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and the Miami Finance Forum.

Montes De Oca will be featured with Jacqueline M. Arango and Aleksandar Dukic on the Florida Bar ILS Audio Webcast on the Venezuela Sanctions: Staying Clear of Uncharted Mines, which will be webcasted on September 11, 2019 at 12:00 p.m.

Peter Quinter Appointed Chair of the ABA SIL Trade, International Organizations, and Regulatory Practice Division

GrayRobinson’s U.S. customs law attorney Peter Quinter, Chair of the firm’s U.S. Customs and International Trade Law practice group, has been appointed Division Chair of the American Bar Association’s Trade, International Org

2010-2011 ILS Chair – Ed Mullins

The ILS Chair for the 2010-2011 bar year, Ed Mullins serves as managing partner of Reed Smith’s Miami Office, where he focuses his practice on international commercial litigation and arbitration. Mullins brings wide experience in litigating and arbitrating disputes involving various issues, including distribution agreements, joint venture agreements, and energy and construction disputes.

An accomplished appellate lawyer, Mullins has handled over 100 appeals in state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court. Mullins is Board Certified in International Litigation and Arbitration by the Florida Bar and served as the inaugural chair of The Florida Bar Board Certification Committee for International Litigation and Arbitration. Mullins serves as Division Director for the Disputes Division of the Section of International Law of the American Bar Association (ABA), and is the former Co-Chair of the International Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committees of the Section of Litigation of the ABA. Mullins is also a member of the commercial panel of arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association and a fellow of the Charted Institute of Arbitrators.
Mullins is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Law, where he was awarded the Order of the Coif, served as Editor-in-Chief of the Florida Law Review, and graduated as class valedictorian.

2011-2012 ILS Chair – Nicolas Swerdloff

Nicolas Swerdloff, who served as ILS Chair during the 2011-2012 bar year, is a senior litigation partner at Hughes Hubbard and Reed, LLP, where he also serves as member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Swerdloff focuses on litigation and arbitration of complex cross-border business disputes involving a wide range of substantive areas of law, focusing particularly on financial, license, joint-venture, securities, professional liability and sports disputes. Swerdloff has litigated such disputes in federal and state courts throughout the United States and before the major arbitral institutions, and is Board Certified in International Litigation and Arbitration by the Florida Bar.
Among others, Swerdloff successfully represented Ernst & Young Hong Kong in a three-week arbitration hearing in which the panel, rejecting a $500 million malpractice claim, found that the client had not been negligent. Swerdloff also led the defense of the French conglomerate Alstom in a succession of fraud and breach of warranty actions seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages based on alleged deficiencies in the propulsion system installed on luxury cruise ships operated by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Regent Seven Seas Cruise Lines, all of which ultimately settled on favorable terms. Swerdloff is currently representing investors in an investment treaty claim against the Republic of Panama as well as the former president of a FIFA regional governing body in a civil RICO action and a criminal appeal related to the FIFA corruption scandal.
A graduate of SUNY at Stone Brook, where he received his B.A., cum laude, and Fordham University School of Law, where he earned his J.D. cum laude, Swerdloff is a member of the Panel of Neutrals of the ICDR and AAA.

2012-2013 ILS Chair – Richard C. Lorenzo

The ILS Chair for the 2012-2013 bar year, Richard C. Lorenzo is the managing partner of Hogan Lovells’ Miami office, where he manages international commercial litigation and arbitration for foreign and domestic clients with interests throughout the United States, Latin America, and Europe.
Whether it’s a dispute in English or Spanish, or before any of the most important tribunals or institutions – the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the American Arbitration Association (AAA), or the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), to name a few – Lorenzo effectively analyzes the matter and collaborates with clients to determine the best strategy. Time spent living in Latin America attuned Lorenzo to the civil law system and political landscape of Spanish-speaking jurisdictions, which complements his English-language arbitration practices and procedures.
Lorenzo is actively involved in academia, extensively lecturing and publishing in his practice area, and is an adjunct professor of International Arbitration and Litigation at Florida International University. Lorenzo also maintains a national and international media presence on topical international legal issues and has appeared on CNN En Español and served as guest commentator on Bloomberg Radio.
A graduate of Rollins College, where he achieved is B.S., magna cum laude, Lorenzo earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law.

2013-2014 ILS Chair – C. Ryan Reetz

C. Ryan Reetz, who chaired the International Law Section for the 2013-2014 bar year, is the Miami Office Managing Partner of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP. He is a board-certified specialist in International Litigation and Arbitration, and represents clients as trial counsel in both international and domestic proceedings. His litigation and arbitration practice ranges from investment disputes and sovereign immunity challenges to securities class actions, insurance regulation, corporate governance contests, and commercial disputes. He has also served as an arbitrator in ad hoc and ICC arbitrations.
Reetz teaches international commercial arbitration as an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law, and previously taught transnational civil litigation and arbitration at the University of Miami School of Law from 2003-2010. Additionally, he serves as a visiting professor at the University of Navarra School of Law in Pamplona, Spain (where he also coaches the Vis Moot team), and was a scholar-in-residence at NYU School of Law in 2015. He has also taught trial skills through the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and arbitration skills at the Swiss Arbitration Academy. In addition to his leadership of the International Law Section, he has served with numerous other professional organizations, including serving as chair of the Miami International Arbitration Society in 2017.
He lectures and publishes concerning a range of international dispute resolution topics, and is the co-author, together with Pedro J. Martinez-Fraga, of Public Purpose in International Law: Rethinking Regulatory Sovereignty in the Global Era (Cambridge University Press 2015). Reetz received his J.D., summa cum laude, in 1987 from Boston University School of Law, where he was the executive editor of the Boston University Law Review, and his A.B., magna cum laude, in Government from Harvard University in 1984.

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MDO Partners Featured at Managing Compliance Across Borders

Richard Montes De Oca

Mike Capote

MDO Partners’ Managing Partner Richard Montes de Oca and Compliance Advisor and Chief Information Officer Mike Capotespoke at Managing Compliance Across Borders, an advanced executive program that took place June 26-28, 2019 at the Donna E. Shalala Student Centerin Coral Gables, Florida.

The firm collaborated with the University of Miami School of Law on the program, which was presented in association with Switzerland’s University of St. Gallen Executive School of Management, Technology and Law. The three-day event served as an intensive and interactive executive-level program aimed at compliance, risk and audit management counsel and executives from firms and corporations around the world. The various panels provided an opportunity to discuss timely, critical, and practical global compliance insights on anti-corruption, including FCPA and anti-money laundering.

Richard Montes De Oca led a panel of General Counsels from Mastercard, Ryder and Integra Connect on the General Counsel Perspective on the Future of Global Compliance. The panelists shared their perspectives on the importance of establishing a strong ethical culture. They emphasized the focus should not just be at the top of the organization, but also with middle managers and locally in various regions around the world.

In addition, the panel discussed how there has been an increase in budgets and resources for compliance as a result of the increasing expectations and significant scrutiny by regulators. Finally, the panel discussed the importance of striking the right balance between risk, compliance and business. And while compliance results in increasing costs in the short term, it pays dividends in the long run.

Mike Capote joined the panel on Data Protection and Privacy Compliance: Cross-Border Comparisons, which had specialists from Hilton Grand Vacations, Kaufman Rossin, Security and Third-Party Risk Practitioner, and Salazar Law LLP. The panel compared and contrasted data privacy legislation/regulation by examining the way the rights of individuals, consent, data transfers/sharing, and enforcement activities are addressed across the globe.

During the discussion, Mike focused on the operational security requirements, best practices, and challenges in implementing the directives established by the current patchwork of data privacy laws in the US and abroad; i.e. GDPR (EU General Data Protection Regulation), LGPD (Brazilian General Data Protection Act), CCPA (California Consumer Privacy Act).

For more Information on Managing Compliance Across Boarders, visit: https://www.law.miami.edu/managing-compliance-across-borders .