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.
In-House Legal 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.
+94 (77) 3070682
In-House Legal Counsel
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.
+94 (77) 7741674
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.
A group of external Senior Consultants with expertise in diverse fields, also assist the firm.