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Global Guide

Corporate/Commercial — Sri Lanka


FJ & G de Saram - Corporate/Commercial

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Ayomi Aluwihare-Gunawardene
- 6 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly reputed firm with a prestigious clientele comprising both international and domestic corporates. Covers the full spectrum of transactions, from establishing operations in Sri Lanka to M&A and real estate acquisitions.

Work highlights Advised Resus Energy on restructuring and repurchasing USD13 million of shares, with the aim of rationalising the number of shares and maximising the return for shareholders.

Assisted TPG with the acquisition of 27% of Actis's shares from AHH and 1% via the secondary market. The combined investment is valued at USD56 million.

Significant clients Carson Cumberbatch, TPG Global, Dialog Axiata, Central Finance Company, Emerald Sri Lanka Fund.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees regard Ayomi Aluwihare-Gunawardene as a "very good lawyer who is very confident" and "well prepared." She advises on share acquisitions, market entry and international trade. She recently advised Equity One on delisting LKR116 million of shares from the Colombo Stock Exchange.

Shehara Varia's primary focus is on corporate and employment matters. She recently assisted Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ with establishing an operation in Sri Lanka and securing approval under the Banking Act. Clients say: "She knows her material and is very customer-centric."

Interviewees praise investment practice group head Roshani Kobbekaduwa for her "efficient and effective" approach. She is well versed in inbound investments and restructurings as well as IPOs.

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Julius & Creasy - Corporate/Commercial

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Amila Fernando and Anandhiy Gunawardhana
- 4 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Renowned team advising an array of large domestic and international companies on M&A and investment matters. Additionally noted for its depth of knowledge of regulatory, tax and immigration issues.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's level of client service, saying: "I am extremely impressed with Julius & Creasy. They are the best legal firm I have worked with. I felt impressed because I really felt that the firm was on my side and safeguarding my interests. They always erred on the side of caution and their advice was always very solid."

Other interviewees add: "They are very helpful. They are very thorough and take the trouble to understand the matter and what I needed."

Work highlights Acted for domestic start-up company Trekurious on a range of corporate matters including restructuring local operations, shareholder agreements and the expansion of the business to India.

Supported AIA Insurance Lanka in segregating its life and general insurance businesses in accordance with the new government regulations, offering additional assistance on a LKR3.2 million share divestment.

Significant clients Lowe & Partners Worldwide, Hutchison Asia Telecommunications, Iluka Resource, hSenid Mobile Solutions, Lankem Ceylon.

Notable practitioners

Anandhiy Gunawardhana ascends in the rankings following substantial praise from interviewees. One states: "She will always think of something that I didn’t think of or find a different way to look at a problem. She is very smart in an intellectual sense and yet very savvy in a business sense." Gunawardhana handles sale agreements and construction contracts, and also assists insurance companies with segregating their life and general insurance businesses in accordance with new regulations. Recently, she advised Atradius Credit Insurance on matters including insurance law and exchange controls and sales of goods.

Amila Fernando advises on a range of corporate matters including acquisitions, joint ventures and share purchase agreements. "She is very accommodating and has a very practical outlook," notes one commentator.

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Nithya Partners - Corporate/Commercial

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Arittha Wikramanayake
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly experienced team that is active across M&A, insurance and corporate advisory matters. Client base includes large corporations, investment funds, regulatory bodies and foreign law firms. Frequently works with foreign law firms on local law matters.

Strengths "They do an excellent job and I fully trust their judgement."

"They are very professional and very prompt. For me, the most important thing is to have someone who can think like me and give advice on what I can and can't do and Nithya Partners are very strong in this."

Notable practitioners

Sources are swift to highlight Naomal Goonewardena's prowess in tax and complex transactions. One interviewee remarks: "He has a very good, sharp mind for law and tax."

Sources describe Arittha Wikramanayake as "very good, knowledgeable and proactive with good insight." A renowned adviser on corporate and commercial matters, he also offers strength in finance and capital markets work. His broad practice covers property leasehold rights, employee share option schemes and share acquisitions.

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Neelakandan & Neelakandan - Corporate/Commercial

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Handles a wide range of corporate and commercial matters including joint ventures and foreign investment. Also advises international clients on market entry and regulatory issues.

Strengths "Neelakandan & Neelakandan is very sound, thorough and detailed."

Notable practitioners

Kandiah Neelakandan "is highly respected and very knowledgeable when it comes to company law," states one interviewee. He is recognised for his advice on market entry, acquisitions and restructurings and respected for his knowledge in banking and finance.

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DL & F De Saram - Corporate/Commercial

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Michael Sproule, Savantha De Saram and Prabash De Saram
- 3 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acts as local counsel for a diverse range of international law firms and corporations operating in Sri Lanka. Provides assistance with restructuring, employment and trade laws and M&A transactions.

Work highlights Acted for Malaysian Airlines on restructuring its HR department.

Significant clients Tesco, Microsoft, Siemens.

Notable practitioners

Savantha De Saram's practice covers a wide range of issues, from international trade to M&A and commercial transactions. He also advises multinationals on corporate and employment restructurings, recently advising Archer Daniel Midlands on the restructuring of its operations in Sri Lanka.

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John Wilson Partners - Corporate/Commercial

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Compact but high-quality team acting primarily for international clients, including companies, individuals and overseas law firms. Mandated on a variety of corporate advisory matters, including market entry, employment and immigration law, as well as shareholder agreements and franchising.

Strengths Sources praise the firm's deep knowledge of the jurisdiction, as well as its practical approach. One commentator reports: "They understand the market and provide very pragmatic and thought-through advice."

Another states: "They provide valuable insight into norms and practices in Sri Lanka, about which we have minimal knowledge."

Work highlights Advised Bupa on the sale of international health insurance by a UK insurance company via brokers in Sri Lanka.

Notable practitioners

Name partner John Wilson handles a wide range of matters including insurance and real estate. One client states: "He is quite commercially focused, with a very good knowledge of Sri Lankan law and an understanding of how to convey the complex points to international clients. He is also personable and easy to get along with."

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Sudath Perera Associates - Corporate/Commercial

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Provides robust advice on a variety of corporate issues, including M&A and shareholders' agreements. Experienced in assisting international clients with employment matters, restructuring issues and commercial contracts.

Notable practitioners

Sudath Perera is the key contact for the firm.

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Band 1

Ayomi Aluwihare-Gunawardene

FJ & G de Saram

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees regard Ayomi Aluwihare-Gunawardene as a "very good lawyer who is very confident" and "well prepared." She advises on share acquisitions, market entry and international trade. She recently advised Equity One on delisting LKR116 million of shares from the Colombo Stock Exchange.

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Band 1

Naomal Goonewardena

Nithya Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources are swift to highlight Naomal Goonewardena's prowess in tax and complex transactions. One interviewee remarks: "He has a very good, sharp mind for law and tax."

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Band 1

Arittha Wikramanayake

Nithya Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources describe Arittha Wikramanayake as "very good, knowledgeable and proactive with good insight." A renowned adviser on corporate and commercial matters, he also offers strength in finance and capital markets work. His broad practice covers property leasehold rights, employee share option schemes and share acquisitions.

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Band 2

Julius & Creasy

From the Chambers Global guide

Amila Fernando advises on a range of corporate matters including acquisitions, joint ventures and share purchase agreements. "She is very accommodating and has a very practical outlook," notes one commentator.

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Band 2

Anandhiy Gunawardhana

Julius & Creasy

From the Chambers Global guide

Anandhiy Gunawardhana ascends in the rankings following substantial praise from interviewees. One states: "She will always think of something that I didn’t think of or find a different way to look at a problem. She is very smart in an intellectual sense and yet very savvy in a business sense." Gunawardhana handles sale agreements and construction contracts, and also assists insurance companies with segregating their life and general insurance businesses in accordance with new regulations. Recently, she advised Atradius Credit Insurance on matters including insurance law and exchange controls and sales of goods.

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Band 2

Kandiah Neelakandan

Neelakandan & Neelakandan

From the Chambers Global guide

Kandiah Neelakandan "is highly respected and very knowledgeable when it comes to company law," states one interviewee. He is recognised for his advice on market entry, acquisitions and restructurings and respected for his knowledge in banking and finance.

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Band 2

John Wilson Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

Name partner John Wilson handles a wide range of matters including insurance and real estate. One client states: "He is quite commercially focused, with a very good knowledge of Sri Lankan law and an understanding of how to convey the complex points to international clients. He is also personable and easy to get along with."

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Band 3

Savantha De Saram

DL & F De Saram

From the Chambers Global guide

Savantha De Saram's practice covers a wide range of issues, from international trade to M&A and commercial transactions. He also advises multinationals on corporate and employment restructurings, recently advising Archer Daniel Midlands on the restructuring of its operations in Sri Lanka.

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Band 3

Roshani Kobbekaduwa

FJ & G de Saram

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees praise investment practice group head Roshani Kobbekaduwa for her "efficient and effective" approach. She is well versed in inbound investments and restructurings as well as IPOs.

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Band 3

Paul Ratnayeke Associates

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees describe founding partner of Paul Ratnayeke Associates Paul Ratnayeke as a "clever man who has an insight into businesses." He is especially noted for his extensive experience in handling corporate matters.

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Band 3

FJ & G de Saram

From the Chambers Global guide

Shehara Varia's primary focus is on corporate and employment matters. She recently assisted Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ with establishing an operation in Sri Lanka and securing approval under the Banking Act. Clients say: "She knows her material and is very customer-centric."

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