Sri Lanka

asialaw Analysis

General business law
DL & F De Saram

DL & F De Saramone of the largest full service law firms in Sri Lanka, specialises in domestic and cross border matters across all practice areas, with its strongest practices in banking and finance, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution and intellectual property. The firm is highly capable of undertaking complex transactions and meeting client expectations. Key contacts for corporate and M&A and banking and finance work are Savantha De Saram and Prabash De Saram, respectively. 

Client feedback 

Delivers practical guidance and a very prompt servicehas good knowledge of regulatory law.”  Corporate and M&A 

Provides detailed advice and consistently updates the client on developments.” – Insurance  

Aloka Nandasena 

Approachable and dependable, quick to offer solutions and always delivers on time. 

Work highlights 

Advised Windforce on its IPO by way of an offer for subscription by offering a 15% stake in the company. 

Advised Akbar Brothers on merging its healthcare business with Sunshine Holdings, a listed diversified conglomerate, and acquiring a 28% stake in the combined healthcare business. 

Assisted Pan Asia Banking Corporation and Symbiotics on the issuance of a $7.75 million green bond.  

Key clients 

Asian Development Bank, Chinese Harbour EngineeringFacebookHSBC, Tesco 

FJ & G de Saram

FJ & G De Saram, the oldest law firm in Sri Lanka, is a law firm with extensive experience in banking and finance, corporate and M&A and dispute resolution. The firm has consistently updated its policies and systems to best serve its clients and sees the greatest success in its corporate law department, which is its largest division. Key partners include Himali MudadeniyaManjula Ellepola and Tilani Ford. 

Client feedback 

Understands the client’s requirements and sticks to the promised deadlines.” – Banking and finance 

Communicates well, is attentive to detail, and always follows up on matters at hand.” – Corporate and M&A 

Experienced in international arbitration and has excellent lawyers in litigation.”  Dispute resolution 

Manjula Ellepola 

Efficient, hardworking, knowledgeable, responsive, readily available. 

Tania Fernando 

Supportive and guiding, knowledgeable in her field. 

Work highlights 

Advised Interna Contract SPA in an international arbitration under the SIAC rules, which was enforced by the high court of Sri Lanka. 

Advised China Merchants Port Holdings on all aspects of a transaction concerned with Sri Lankan law, including corporate and regulatory approvals. 

Represented Dialog Broadband Networks in its defense of a fundamental rights application commenced by a state-owned competitor. 

Key clients 

Dialog Axiata, International Finance Corporation, Nyras, Siemens, South City Projects 

John Wilson Partners

John Wilson Partners is an established full service corporate law firm that offers a broad range of legal services to national and international organisations, businesses and private individuals. Especially, the firm’s local expertise makes it an attractive option for international clients seeking business in Sri Lanka. John Wilson is a key contact. 

Client feedback 

Extremely attentive to detail and provides comprehensive answers to all questions asked.” – Intellectual property 

Sameendra Perera 

Ms Perera is quite prompt in her responses and her advice is always comprehensive in all aspects. 

Work highlights 

Provided a complete due diligence report for Findlay Cold Storages involving an acquisition amounting to approximately $1.80 million. 

Advised on the local laws concerning production, inward investment, building laws, BOI requirements and legal contracts for Orana A/S. 

Provided an opinion for Stromme on Sri Lankan law and regulations covering funds used in connection with Micro Credit projects in Sri Lanka. 

Julius & Creasy

Julius & Creasy is one of the top law firms in the jurisdiction. The firm has a diversified clientele and is highly sought after by both local and international companiesAreas covered by the firm include banking and finance, corporate and M&A and dispute resolution. Amila Fernando, Anandhiy GunawardhanaDiluka Rodrigo and Shane Silva are key partners. 

Client feedback 

The firm is extremely diligent and is able to review the legal requirements from a practical and operational aspect.” – Corporate and M&A  

Anandhiy Gunawardhana 

Very approachable, extremely diligent and able to provide practical solutions. 


Work highlights 

Advised on the conducting of a virtual annual general meeting for Chevron Lubricants Lanka in accordance with Colombo Stock Exchange rules. 

Provided a quarterly update on the anti-bribery and corruption law and gifts and hospitality practices in Sri Lanka for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. 

Key clients 

Corporate Managers & Secretaries, Vetrivel Group Lanka