I am a President’s Counsel in Sri Lanka with thirty-one years’ experience in the field of Company Law, Intellectual Property Law, Commercial Law, Securities Laws, International Trade Law & Commercial Arbitration. I have been a President’s Counsel for fourteen years and command an extensive practice in the Commercial High Courts and the Supreme Courts of Sri Lanka. I hold a doctorate in Corporate Law from the University of Canberra, Australia and I am a sitting member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration in Paris. I am also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators (UK).
I am a member of the Law Commission of Sri Lanka, a member of the Intellectual Property Advisory Commission of Sri Lanka, a Council Member of the University of Colombo, a member of the UGC Standing Committee on Legal Matters, UGC Nominee on the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine (PGIM) and a member of the Board of Management of the NSBM Green University, Sri Lanka. I am a Council Member of the Institute for the Development of Commercial Law & Practice (ICLP) and I am the Course Director for the Diploma in Commercial Arbitration. At the request of the Government of Sri Lanka I was part of a two-member delegation sent to create awareness on commercial arbitration to the official & unofficial bars of the Republic of Maldives. As a member of the Advisory Commission on Company Law in Sri Lanka, I was one of the architects of the Companies Act No. 7 of 2007, the current Act. As a member of the Council of Legal Education in Sri Lanka, as a member the Ministerial Committee appointed to reform Commercial Arbitration in Sri Lanka, as a Founder Board Member of the Sri Lanka International Arbitration Centre, as a member of the Corporate Governance Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, as a member of the National Science Foundation, and as the current Vice President of BRIPASL (Business Recovery & Insolvency Practitioners Association of Sri Lanka) I have contributed immensely to the legal academia and the corporate community of Sri Lanka.
I serve as the Chairman of the Tokyo Cement Group, which commands the largest market share for cement in Sri Lanka. I was the immediate past Chairman of LOLC Finance PLC, one of the largest Finance Companies in Sri Lanka. I was a senior Director of the Union Bank of Sri Lanka. I serve as Independent Non-Executive Director ofHatton National Bank PLC, DIMO PLC, Hayleys PLC, Alumex PLC, Tokyo Cement Company (Lanka) PLC, Tokyo Super Cement Company Lanka (Private) Limited, Tokyo Cement Power Lanka (Private) Limited, Tokyo Eastern Cement Company (Private) Limited, Tokyo Super Aggregate (Private) Limited, Tokyo Supermix (Private) Limited, World Export Centre Limited, CCC-ICLP Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre (Guarantee) Limited and Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (Guarantee) Limited (SLIIT) and I serve on several Audit Committees, Nomination Committees, Remuneration Committees and the Related Party Transaction Committee, chairing most of them.
I am a visiting lecturer at several Universities (local and international) and a regular speaker at public seminars, author of several books and I have presented several papers on Corporate Law, Intellectual Property Law, International Trade Law & Commercial Arbitration here and abroad.In addition to my active practice in courts and lecturing, I have been a counsel in many a Arbitration and I have served as Sole-Arbitrator, Co-Arbitrator and Chairman in a large number of Arbitrations, domestic and international.