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Viraj Dayaratne

Mr. Viraj Dayaratne

Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka


Mr. Viraj Dayaratne, President’s Counsel, assumed office as the Chairman of the SEC on 22 January 2020. Mr. Dayaratne, holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Relations (BA) from the University of Colombo and a Masters Degree in International Trade Law (LL.M) from the University of Wales. He entered the Sri Lanka Law College in 1989 and was admitted and enrolled as an Attorney –at- Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka in November 1992.

He joined the Attorney General’s Department of Sri Lanka as a State Counsel in January 1993 and rose to become Additional Solicitor General in May 2018. He was appointed as a President’s Counsel by His Excellency the President in June the same year.

During the first six years of his career at the Attorney General’s Department, Mr.Dayaratne was attached to the Criminal Division and conducted prosecutions in the Magistrate’s Courts and the High Courts and also appeared for the State in the Court of Appeal in appeals filed against judgments delivered by the High Courts. Thereafter, he moved to the Civil and Commercial Law Division and has represented the State, State Corporations and other Statutory Institutions in the original as well as the appellate courts and these involved amongst others, matters pertaining to fundamental rights, public law, commercial law, tax, banking, customs and labour law. He has also appeared in several commercial arbitrations both in Sri Lanka and abroad. His work also included advising the Government, State Corporations and other Statutory Institutions on diverse legal issues. Mr. Dayaratne is a visiting Judge of the Court of Appeal of the Republic of Fiji and an Adjudicator of the Panel of Adjudicators of the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC) in Malaysia. He is also a member of the Faculty Board of the ICLP Arbitration Centre and functions as a visiting Lecturer in Construction Arbitration and Adjudication. He was a visiting Lecturer and Examiner in the Law of Arbitration and an Examiner in Administrative Law at the Sri Lanka Law College and also served as a visiting Lecturer in the Law of Contracts for the LLB London Degree Course conducted by the Informatics Institute of Technology. Mr. Dayaratne served as a Legal Expert at the Directorate of Contracts and Legal Affairs of the Ministry of Defense of the Sultanate of Oman for a period of two years from 2009 to 2011. He also functioned as a Legal Consultant to the Public Enterprises Reform Commission of Sri Lanka (PERC) as well as the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption. He also functioned as Judge Advocate General of the Sri Lanka Air Force. He has been a member of various project committees and amongst them were the Project Committees that drafted the Project Agreements in respect of the Mahaweli Mini Hydro Power Project on a BOO / BOOT basis and the Kilinochchi District Electrification Project on a BOO basis and was a member of the Sri Lanka government delegation that negotiated the Bilateral Investment Agreement between Sri Lanka and Oman. He has represented the government at many international conferences and has contributed articles on varied subjects of the law to many publications. The Public Service Commission (PSC) released him from the Attorney General’s Department to take up duties as Chairman of the SEC.

[ Speeches ]

Speeches by Mr. Viraj Dayaratne

Jun 07, 2021

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Regulatory Framework to drive Capital Market Growth

Jun 08, 2021

12:30 AM - 1:00 AM

Regulatory Framework to drive Capital Market Growth