Mar is a CPA-Lawyer with 21 years of diversified professional experience as an accountant, bank manager, compliance officer, in-house counsel, and litigation lawyer.
He is into corporate practice as external counsel for various corporations engaged in the business of real estate, tourism, construction, finance, and outsourcing services, among others. He is also involved in litigation practice involving family law, labor, banking, real estate, and corporate disputes.
He started his professional career as Accounting Head for an academic institution and concurrently acted as Tax Accountant for its related company.
He then became a branch manager of one of the largest banks in the Philippines, where he obtained practical experience in transactions involving real estate mortgage, insurance, and investment funds. In the year 2010, at age 30, while being a bank manager, he started to study law at the Arellano University School of Law, where he was a consistent member of its honor students society. He was also a member of the Arellano debate guild, where he competed in various regional and national inter-school debates, and several times selected as best speaker. Despite heavy professional workloads and extra-curricular activities, he did not fail any subject in law school and graduated on time.
Another major bank then engaged him as its Compliance Officer for corporate governance and training, where he familiarized himself with the SEC rules on corporate governance for publicly listed companies. As a full-time employee, even during his bar review, he handled a nationwide training on banking rules and regulations for all branches of the Bank. As such, he had little opportunity to take part in a formal bar review, even on weekends. Despite that, he passed the bar in the same year he graduated.
After 15 years in the private sector, he was invited by a government-owned financing and leasing subsidiary corporation to head its Compliance Office. Here, he obtained practical experience in public biddings and was able to further broaden his compliance technical know-how by handling compliance matters in the public sector.
Thereafter, he was engaged by a foreign-owned financing company to head its legal and compliance department, where he specialized in SEC regulations, taxation, labor, immigration, international lending, and litigation. After more than three years as an in-house counsel, he engaged in the private practice of law as an external counsel and litigation lawyer.