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The Partners

Arthur R. Ponsaran

Mr. Ponsaran is a CPA-Lawyer with over 30 years experience in corporate law, taxation, banking, finance and investment banking. He started his professional career with one of the reputable and oldest law firms in the country, then became chief counsel to the country’s pioneer investment house where during his 10-year stint he accumulated a wealth of experience in business law. Prior to setting up the law office, Mr. Ponsaran acted as chief counsel of a diversified investment-management company, counsel of a multinational company and senior executive of two investment banks. His involvements as a corporate law practitioner include setting up of various corporate entities, acquisition and corporate reorganization, initial public offering of a number of listed companies, setting up of an airline company, acquisition of a development bank, merger of two rural banks, debt restructuring of two major steel manufacturing companies, acquisition of two mid-stream petrochemical companies, formation of special purpose vehicle, and various joint venture projects.

Mr. Ponsaran obtained his Bachelor of Laws from the University of the Philippines; Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of the East and completed the MDP Program at the Asian Institute of Management. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of both the Philippine Bar and the New York Bar.

Joaquin P. Obieta

By academic training, Mr. Obieta is a rare chemical engineer-lawyer combination. As a chemical engineer, he worked briefly for a multinational oil company, and thereafter joined the academe and eventually became college dean. He finally became a student of the law, and has since dedicated himself to the practice of the legal profession, particularly in litigation and corporate law. Mr. Obieta served as an Assistant Secretary in the Philippine Department of Transportation and Communications. He teaches at the Ateneo School of Law. Mr. Obieta finished law at the Ateneo de Manila University and was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1989. He also obtained both his Bachelor of Sacred Theology (cum laude) and Licentiate in Philosophy (cum laude) at the University of Santo Tomas; Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering at the De La Salle University, and placed 8th in the Chemical Engineering Board Examinations.

Arsenio A. Alfiler, Jr.

Mr. Arsenio A. Alfiler, Jr. has considerable experience as a corporate lawyer and as in-house legal counsel. As legal counsel of financial institutions, he dealt with a variety of legal, administrative and related problems that deepened his professional competence in corporate law. He developed his expertise in legal work for financial services in his 26 years of experience in five financial institutions: Bancom Devolpment Corporation (1977-1981), Union Bank of the Philippines (1982-1987), AsianBank Corporation and AB Capital and Investment Corporation (1987-2003) and a brief stint with Asiatrust Bank (January – July 15, 2004). These financial institutions are banks and investment houses, which perform quasi-banking operations, provide trust services and are also engaged in securities trading. As a graduate of the Philippine Trust Institute, he acquired formal training in trust operations.
Mr. Alfiler completed his Bachelor of Laws at the University Of the Philippines in 1971 and was admitted to the Philippine Bar the following year.


Edcel G. Bolinao

Mr. Bolinao is a proud product of the Law Office. Early in his career, he was immediately exposed to different fields of law and this experience introduced him to the dynamic and ever-changing needs of the modern corporate world.
The Philippines being recognized as one of the fast growing economies in South East Asia, his recent corporate law practice includes corporate acquisition and reorganization, public listings, and estate planning. Further, mindful of the prejudice to business operations that is traditionally caused by a long and protracted litigation, Mr. Bolinao has successfully counseled clients in arbitration, where disputes are settled within a predictable, if not certain, period of time by experts in various fields of industry.
He obtained his A.B. Philosophy and Human Resources Development Degrees from San Beda College, Manila City. Thereafter, he completed his Juris Doctor Degree from the Ateneo De Manila University School of Law.  He was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2005.


The Associates

Mariel L. Francisco


Ms. Bonavente obtained her law degree from the San Beda College Manila in 2015 and was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2016. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of the Philippines, where she graduated Cum Laude. Her fields of practice are Corporate Law, Labor Law and Litigation.








Office Counsel

Tomas F. Tuason IV

Mr. Tuason has broad experience in securities law and enforcement. He served as legal counsel and eventually became Head, Compliance and Surveillance Department of the then newly- unified Philippine Stock Exchange. In said capacity he was involved in pioneering and policy-setting activities during the formative stage of the restructured and rationalized national securities exchange. Mr. Tuason subsequently became Country Manager of the Philippine subsidiary of the Securities Database Group of a Canadian financial services company and a leading international vendor of propriety information. As such, Mr. Tuason managed the information research activities of the Philippine entity covering new equity and debt issues, mergers and other corporate transaction data, IPO's, long-term loans and project financing of companies in the Asian region. Mr. Tuason obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree at the Ateneo de Manila University and is a member of the Philippine Bar since 1976.