Scepter Puts Bermuda at Cross Currents of Global Sovereign Investment

Bermuda, Canada, Caribbean, North America

04/11/2015 — HAMILTON, Bermuda — (BUSINESS WIRE)

Scepter Partners, a direct investment and merchant banking specialist for sovereign wealth and large cap family offices, signaled its intentions to deepen its ties with Bermuda, helping to put Bermuda further on the map of sovereign investment capital flows. Scepter has committed to run its global management business from Bermuda where key staff members are now working as directors. Group Executive Chairman and CEO Rayo Withanage commented, “As Bermuda continues to develop its activities and effectively compete with other offshore financial centers, we hope that the presence of our activities can substantially enhance Bermuda’s role in the deployment of capital by significant sovereign investors and family offices.”

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Rayo Withanage, Scepter Group Executive Chairman & CEO (Photo: Business Wire)Rayo Withanage, Scepter Group Executive Chairman & CEO (Photo: Business Wire)

Scepter’s management team have long standing ties with Bermuda; the Withanage family moved to Bermuda in 1980 where Mr. Rahula Withanage worked with Deloitte Haskins and Sells for a decade. During this time Mr. Rayo Withanage spent his childhood on the island attending Saltus Grammar School, before relocating to New Zealand where he went to law school. Mr. Rayo Withanage later relocated to Brunei Darussalam where he founded a commercial multi-family office with senior members of the Brunei Royal family.

Other key staff members also retain close ties with the island. The group’s Head of Operations, Daniel Fenster, lived on the island in the late 1990’s while working for Alpha Fund Management, a family office and alternative asset manager. Stefan Nadarajah, who is an Executive Director and General Counsel of the Group, grew up on the island and is the only son of the late Bala Nadarajah, widely regarded as one of the most prominent lawyers in insurance and considered by many in the industry to have helped lay the groundwork for the island’s rise as a leading global reinsurance center.

Scepter is supported by $14 billion of discretionary assets which have been allocated by its core stakeholders to support future activities. Over the coming months Scepter will be announcing a series of offshore vehicles for direct investment into off-market transactions in the natural resources and hospitality industries.

About Scepter

Scepter is a standing syndicate of ruling families, ultra-high-net-worth industrialists and sovereign wealth funds. Headquartered in Bermuda with offices in New York and representative offices in London and Beijing, Scepter was founded by financier Rayo Withanage to acquire large cap assets with a focus in natural resources, infrastructure, real estate and media and telecommunications. Scepter’s global merchant banking activities are led by banking veteran Anthony J. Steains and his former Blackstone Advisory Partners Asia team. As a principal investor, Scepter is supported by the discretionary assets of its core stakeholders and a syndicate of investors who have combined resources to invest in off-market large cap transactions globally. For more information, please visit

Legal Notice

Scepter Partners is a principal investor that does not require authorization by the Financial Conduct Authority or the Securities and Exchange Commission or by any financial services regulatory body. Scepter does not have any products open for third party investors. Nothing in this announcement is intended to be, or should be construed as an invitation, offer or inducement to any person or entity to engage in any investment activity. While some of its stakeholders are ruling family members it does not represent these ruling families in their entirety or any government bodies including but not limited to Brunei and states within the Gulf Cooperation Council.



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Rayo Withanage, Scepter Group Executive Chairman & CEO (Photo: Business Wire)