Why
Acquest
Our experienced team combine an in-depth insight of specialist property sectors and a commitment to maintaining the highest standards of client care, to ensure that our clients make informed real estate decisions.
End-to-end solutions

Whether you’re an investor, homebuyer, developer, financier, landlord or tenant, we offer a range of transaction, advisory and management services that provide our clients end-to-end solutions for varying real estate requirements.

Experience

Acquest has grown over the last 14 years to offer a wide range of real estate services and are the only full service real estate company in our market. With the experience of over 1500 transactions exceeding a value of USD 250 Million, we are uniquely positioned to assist our clients make the best possible real estate decisions.

15 property segments

We offer real estate services across 15 residential and commercial real estate segments. We bring a specialist understanding, focus and capability to each of these property segments. The scale and scope of our services across these property segments gives us an unparalleled understanding of the real estate landscape.

Extensive inventory

We have an extensive inventory of over 8000 property listings which enables us to give our clients unbiased real estate advise and offer the most suitable property options to match client requirements.

Unmatched market intelligence

Our in-depth understanding of the local real estate landscape is derived from the scale and scope of our operations. Our unmatched market intelligence allows us to offer unbiased advice, enabling our clients to make informed real estate decisions.

Segment specific capability and expertise

We have specialized individuals or teams capable of servicing any property specific requirements.

Values & Strategy

Our clients, our core competencies and the ability of our team to deliver those core competencies defines our brand. We approach business with discipline, consistency, professionalism and transparency. We believe in building long term working relationships with our clients and partners.

Expertise

From advising Developers on large scale development projects, to providing advise on the most feasible commercial space for your business. Whether it is advising individuals on buying or renting their first home or if you are looking for a solid investment, we can guide you to make the most informed decision across the 15 property segments we operate in.

Experience

Over the last 14 years, we have built immense credibility in the sectors we operate in the real estate industry. Our experienced team and in-depth understanding of specialist property sectors will ensure our clients make informed real estate decisions.

Passion

We are passionate about transforming the real estate industry in Sri Lanka. We approach business differently and focus on the best interests of our clients to ensure they make the correct investment choices.

Ethics and Integrity

We take pride in our principle of being ethical and transparent in an otherwise unregulated and unstructured industry.

Customer Centric

We believe in building long standing relationships with our clients and partners who have engaged us. We strive to go above and beyond to help our clients make strategic investment decisions.

Thought leader

We believe our industry expertise and knowledge puts us in the best position to share our knowledge and insight and help shape our clients’ perspective of the real estate industry.

Leadership Profiles
Chandaka de Soysa
Director / Chief Executive Officer

The visionary behind Acquest, Chandaka is driven purely by his passion for all things real estate. With over 14 years at the forefront of the real estate services industry Chandaka brings an unrivalled understanding, perspective and market insights that offer our clients a unique advantage when we help them make real estate decisions.

Chandaka has been involved in many of the major real estate developments launched post 2009 and he has handled some of the largest real estate transactions in our market.

In 2010 he was instrumental in guiding the largest foreign institutional investor, a New York based Hedge Fund when they entered our market. Over the last 11 years Acquest has represented their interests in Sri Lanka.

Chandaka feels a custodian responsibility to guide our real estate industry in a responsibility way by creating transparency and accountability to positively impact all stakeholders in our industry.

Sashini Abayagunwardana​
Head of Strategy & ​Business Transformation

Sashini has 12 years of experience across investment banking and apparel sectors specifically in areas of Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Finance and Strategic Planning. An advocate for more sustainable and conscious living, she has also been involved in numerous Sustainability and Philanthropic initiatives across both corporates and non-profits. Sashini is a Physics graduate from Durham University.​

Varnika Soysa
Deputy General Manager - Operations

Varnika is backed by over 22 years of experience in the Industrial sector, IT, FMCG & Insurance (Life & General) in various capacities – including heading strategic partnerships as well as marketing & operations. An award winning Sales Head, he holds a first degree from Manchester Metropolitan (UK) and received his postgraduate education at Cardiff University, Wales. He is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and holds a MBA from from University of Suffolk, UK.

Sohan Colombage
Head of Marketing

Sohan has over 10 years of experience and has been a part of multiple brand launches and go to market strategies for some of the leading digital brands in the country. He holds a BA in Business Administration from Staffordshire University UK, a Diploma in Business Administration from APIIT (Malaysia) and a Diploma in Economics from the London School of Economics. Sohan was the head of marketing at wow.lk before moving on to lead the marketing efforts of Fintech and other prominent brands under Digital Services at Dialog Axiata PLC, the leading telecommunication company in Sri Lanka.

Melina de Kretser
Finance Manager

Has experience of over 8 years in Accounting and Finance-related aspects in connection with the real estate industry and has served for over 5 years at Acquest heading the Accounts and Finance division.

Roshaan Hettiaratchi
Attorney-at-law

Roshaan Hettiaratchi is an Attorney-at-law by profession. Having a wide practice in the Original Courts as well as in the Appellate Court,  specialising in Commercial Law, Business Law and Intellectual Property Law  and various aspects of Public Law. He counts over 20 years of experience as a legal practitioner. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology.

He serves as a retained counsel for many corporate entities in the construction and hospitality sectors. Roshaan is also a retained counsel for a global management consulting firm.

His corporate portfolio includes his role as a Managing Director of  Right Angles (Pvt) Limited Foreign Direct Investment consultancy services for overseas clients who have invested  into the Mining Industry, the Hospitality Industry in  Commercial Construction industry.   He is also an independent director of Dialog Finance PLC. While serving as a Director in several other unlisted companies.

Client Experiences
I have known Chandaka and Acquest for over five years. His advice and insights have been inviolable when making my real estate investment decisions. Chandaka has deep insights into the Sri Lankan Real Estate market and his advice and services has been exceptionally customer oriented and always strategic. I have no hesitation in recommending Chandaka and Acquest for anyone interested in real estate investment in Sri Lanka. 
Madu Ratnayake
Chief Information Officer, Virtusa
I am very happy to recommend Acquest. They have been fantastic in their support for the full life cycle of my property purchase and maintenance in Sri Lanka. I first used them in 2009 to acquire a flat. They made sure the process was smooth and flawless. They helped with the fit-out work. Over the years their maintenance department has done a great job keeping the apartment operating well.   
Jan Metzger
Head of Asia Pacific Banking, Capital Markets and Advisory, Citigroup
Acquest has been working with me on my personal real estate portfolio for approximately eight years. Their advice on market trends has been insightful and helped me make certain strategic decisions. I continue to work closely with Acquest and have every confidence in their input and that they will work in my best interest. I have no hesitation in recommending the services of Acquest.
Ajit Gunawardena
Ex Deputy Chairman of John Keels Holdings PLC
In my 25 years of active real estate investing, few companies have demonstrated the same level of professionalism as Acquest. I purchased an executive property through them in 2008 and they managed it efficiently until 2014. Their level of service and responsiveness has been excellent. I will continue to work with Acquest as I see them as a reliable partner in Sri Lankan real estate. 
Aaron Russel - Davison
Investment Banker (ex-Director of Standard Chartered Bank Singapore)
Throughout my experience, the Acquest team has acted with honesty and integrity - a rare commodity among real estate agents in Colombo. The team was able to advise me well on market trends, pricing and the quality of potential buyers. They ultimately delivered results for me. I would recommend the services of Acquest to any other prospective client, whether it is for an individual property or a larger scale development. 
Dumith Fernando
Chairman of Colombo Stock Exchange, ex Managing Director and Group Chief Operating Officer for Credit Suisse Asia Pacific
Acquest, especially Chandaka, did an exceptional job in selling a large residential property in Colombo. Chandaka was always available to provide helpful market insight, valuable advice on potential buyers and the structuring of a transaction, and skillful and creative negotiation of the sale. I always felt that Acquest operated at the highest level of integrity and was proactive in finding a solution. I am very happy to recommend them. 
Rohan Weerasinghe
International Lawyer
Acquest has delivered exceptional services over the last ten years. The Acquest team brings an intimate understanding of the market and has access to the best clients in Colombo with a unique trait of doing what is best for their clients - even at short-term cost to their business. We have found Acquest to be competent, diligent, professional and above all bringing a rare integrity to this business.
Ramesh Mantri
Fund Manager
We have used the services of Chandaka and his company, Acquest, since we began investing in Real Estate in Sri Lanka. We have developed a close relationship over that time and believe Chandaka to be highly knowledgeable, trustworthy and proactive in his real estate dealings with ourselves and his team at Acquest to provide a consistently high level of service in managing and leasing our property portfolio in Colombo.
Peter Slattery
Fund Manager (New York)
I have worked with Chandaka and the Acquest Team for over 10 years on multiple transactions. Their ability to accurately predict trends and provide advice based on data and experience has been impressive. Looking after my interests has always been their priority. The professionalism, integrity and value that Chandaka and the team have demonstrated have resulted in a trusted adviser relationship that I cherish.
Keith Modder
Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director of Virtusa
I take pleasure in recommending Acquest as a full-service real estate agency. They are easily the most professionally managed real estate company in Sri Lanka, possessing the best selection of properties in the country. My best wishes to Chandaka and the team as they innovate new standards & change the local real estate landscape in their journey to transform a very old and traditional business sector in Sri Lanka. 
Romani de Silva
Deputy Chairman/Managing Director, Alliance Finance Company PLC
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