Richard Montes de Oca, former assistant general counsel for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL), has partnered with attorneys Sylvia Gonzalez Perez, Robert L. McGeorge, Marcia Narine and Kelley J. Peterson to form MDO Partners, a boutique firm specializing in corporate law, global compliance and business ethics. Montes de Oca also served as associate vice president and assistant general counsel at RCCL. He also was responsible for its global compliance and ethics program.
Sylvia Gonzalez Perez will serve as corporate counsel for the firm. She will focus her practice in domestic and international corporate and mergers and acquisitions. Before joining MDO Partners, she had her own firm and before that she was an associate in the Miami office of Holland & Knight.
Robert McGeorge will serve as compliance counsel for the firm in economic regulation of transportation, antitrust, international trade, customs and government contracts. Before joining MDO Partners, he was general counsel for International Air Transport Association (IATA). He also was in private practice for several years and also served as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division.
Marcia Narine will serve as compliance advisor for MDO Partners and is a visiting assistant professor of law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Before joining the firm and academia, she was vice president and deputy general counsel of Ryder System, Inc.
Kelley J. Peterson will serve as compliance counsel in broker-dealer and investment adviser regulations for the firm. She was vice president and chief compliance officer of a nationwide securities broker-dealer. Before that, she was compliance officer of two federally-registered investment advisory firms and also served as vice president of an administrative agent specializing in custodial plans. She also was senior counsel at Holland & Knight, LLP.