Foreign
Investment

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Corporate Law
Banking and Finance

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Capital Markets

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Arbitration and
Alternate Dispute Resolution

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Litigation

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Condominium Property
Real Estate

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The Firm

Capital City Law - We are a group of lawyers that has the credentials, hands-on experience, and legal and transactional acumen that is hard to match, since we have been associated with the conceptualising, structuring and finalisation stages of most laws governing investment, companies, capital market operations, land alienation etc. We are committed to offer our clients top quality legal services, while assuring personal attention, to meet your needs.

We believe in a culture that is collaborative, innovative and dedicated to obtaining the most favourable outcome for you in a cost-efficient manner. At Capital City Law, “Competent and Trusted Advisors” is what we will be, to you.

Expertise

Foreign Investment

Advise and assistance inter alia on -
  • Foreign investments in Sri Lanka, including within the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) - Colombo Port City
  • Obtaining Strategic Investment status
  • Registration of Foreign Companies
  • Regulatory approvals
  • Ensuring compliance with investment related laws
  • The applicability of the Foreign Exchange Act and other statutes when remitting foreign funds to do businesses in Sri Lanka
  • Banking and finance related matters pertaining to foreign investments in Sri Lanka

Corporate Law

Advise and assistance inter alia on -
  • Structuring Articles of Association and formation of companies
  • Structuring and drafting of:
  • Share Purchase Agreements
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Consulting Agreements
  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Employment Agreements
  • Independent Contractor Agreements
  • Construction related Agreements
  • Joint Venture Agreements
  • Public Private Partnership Agreements
  • Licensing Agreements
  • Non-Compete and Non-Disclosure Agreements

Capital Markets

Advise and assistance inter alia on -
  • Takeovers, mergers, acquisitions, corporate restructuring
  • Public share issues, company listings including public offerings, rights and bonus issues
  • Amalgamation of companies
  • Re-purchase of shares, splitting of shares
  • The issue of convertible warrants and related listings
  • Delisting of Public Quoted Companies

Arbitration
Alternate Dispute Resolution

Advise and representation in -
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Conciliation




Litigation

Advise and representation in -
  • Commercial, civil and corporate litigation


Condominium Property
Real Estate

Advise and assistance inter alia on -
  • Structuring, negotiating, reviewing and finalising agreements, contracts.
  • Drafting deeds, leases, mortgages etc. for the acquisition, development, sale and lease of commercial, mixed development or residential properties.
  • Drafting and registering Condominium Deeds of Declaration, Condominium transfers, leases and assignment of rights

Team

Seniors

Mr. Nihal Jayawardene
LL.M (Lond.)

President’s Counsel

Mr. Nihal Jayawardene LL.M. (Lond.), President’s Counsel has years of experience as the Head of the Corporation Division of the Attorney General’s Department of Sri Lanka. Mr. Jayawardene has served as a member of legal advisory teams that assisted in the execution and implementation of large investments in Sri Lankan Airlines, Sri Lanka Telecom, Colombo Port and in various established insurance institutions and plantation companies among others. He has vast experience in negotiating international bilateral air-services agreements. He commands extensive legal knowledge and expertise in Company Law, Aviation Law, Banking and Finance, Corporate Law, agreement/contract drafting and negotiations, project structuring including PPPs, Arbitration and Alternate Dispute Resoulution along with Civil and Commercial Litigation. He was a member of the core team that drafted and finalised the Companies Act that was enacted in 2007. His recent notable contributions include assisting in developing a legal framework for the Special Economic Zone - Colombo Port City, thus making him a competent and preferred Counsel for advice and assistance on investments in the Colombo Port City.

nihal@capitalcitylaw.lk
+94 (77) 3070682

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Mrs. Shamalie Gunawardana
LL.M (UK)

Attorney-at-Law

Mrs. Shamalie Gunawardana commands extensive expertise in laws governing public finance, investment and on the alienation of property to foreigners. While being the Head of Legal of the privatisation arm of the Government, she has acquired hands on experience in facilitating private investments in strategic assets and services - bunkering, insurance, telecommunication, airlines, plantations etc. She has undergone numerous knowledge enhancement programmes at institutions of global repute. She has served in distinguished Boards and in several senior positions, including that of the Director General - Legal Affairs Department of the General Treasury and she has spaere headed legal and fiscal reform initiatives of Sri Lanka facilitated by the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank respectively. She is a legal consultant to several companies and other institutions. She served as a member of the core group that finalised the legal framework for the Special Economic Zone - Colombo Port City. She is presently a director of DFCC Bank PLC, HayCarb PLC, Member of the Presidential Expert Working Committee on the Implementation of Data Protection in Sri Lanka and a Member of the Company Law Advisory Commission of Sri Lanka.
shamalie@capitalcitylaw.lk
+94 (77) 7741674

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Mrs. Priyanthi Pieris

Attorney-at-Law & Solicitor

Mrs. Priyanthi Pieris, Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, commands unparalleled knowledge and hands-on experience in Capital Market Transactions, including corporate listings on the trading floor of the Colombo Stock Exchange, take-overs and mergers, amalgamations, re-purchase of shares, splitting of shares, issue of convertible warrant and listing thereof, de-listing of Public Quoted Companies etc. She is well versed with the compliance and regulatory requirements of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE), the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) and the Department of Foreign Exchange of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka pertaining to foreign investments in Sri Lanka. Mrs. Pieris has served as a Consultant to the Ministry of Finance and to the CSE, for several years. She has served as a Member of the Committee of the SEC that finalised amendments to the Company Takeovers and Mergers Code, the Corporate Governance Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Law Commission of Sri Lanka. She currently serves on several Boards of Listed and Private companies.


priyanthi@capitalcitylaw.lk
(+94) 114610476

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Associates

Ms. Saman Seneviratne
Senior Associate
Attorney-at-Law and Notary Public
Mr. Malik Hannan
Attorney-at-Law
Ms. Rishani Wickramage
LL.B Hons. (Lond.)
Attorney-at-Law
Ms. Harini Amaratunga
Professional Assistant

Litigation Team

Mr. Padmasiri Bandara
Attorney-at-Law
Mr. Sampath Wilwaraarachchi
Attorney-at-Law
Mr. Ranga Liyanage
Attorney-at-Law
Mr. Radhya Herath
Attorney-at-Law



A group of external Senior Consultants with expertise in diverse fields, also assist the firm.