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Sri Lanka

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

D. L. & F. De Saram

D. L. & F. De Saram has expertise in complex cross-border financings for domestic companies as well as foreign and multinational corporations and financial institutions, including those from Europe, India, China, Malaysia and Singapore. The firm advises clients on asset and project finance and is specialised in foreign exchange laws relevant to corporate financial transactions within Sri Lanka, frequently advising on cross-border financing arrangements and compliance reviews of banking activities in terms of exchange control. It also advises on shares, debentures and securitisations, and assists Sri Lankan companies seeking to list shares and debt instruments in overseas exchanges. Heading the practice are the experienced Savantha De Saram, Prabash De Saram and Aruni Marcelline. De Saram recently led advice to JPMorgan Chase on the retention and reporting requirements pertaining to financial institutions in Sri Lanka.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

D. L. & F. De Saram

Specialising in M&A, infrastructure development and renewable energy projects, D. L. & F. De Saram¬†is ‚Äėstrong in corporate advisory‚Äô contexts and primarily works on cross-border matters, including working with foreign law firms in local matters.¬†The firm advises on land acquisition and sales and¬†foreign ownership restrictions. Leading the practice is the ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô Savantha De Saram,¬†who can call on ‚Äėan extensive network' to advise on corporate and commercial law, project finance and infrastructure projects. In a recent highlight, the firm assisted General Electric Energy Financial Services with the development of a combined-cycle power plant at Kerawalapitiya.

Leading individuals

Savantha De Saram - D. L. & F. De Saram

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

D. L. & F. De Saram

D. L. & F. De Saram has a varied practice ranging from representing individuals in personal matters, to representing corporate clients in high-value complex commercial disputes, to acting on behalf of foreign law firms in jurisdictions such as London, Singapore and India. A particular area of expertise is admiralty disputes and the firm is retained by several prominent shipping companies and P&I clubs. Corporate and commercial law and dispute resolution specialist Jivan Goonetilleke heads the practice along with recently promoted Dasuni Wijayasiriwardena and also Suren de Silva, whose areas of expertise include infrastructure projects, admiralty, shipping and international trade. The experienced team recently acted as legal counsel to an international bank in relation to an action brought by an individual against the bank and a local government body, relating to a portion of land on which the bank's call centre has been constructed.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

D. L. & F. De Saram

The team at D. L. & F. De Saram is mainly engaged in providing legal advice on the registration of national and international trade marks, patents and industrial designs. The firm works for local and international clients, including several major international brands. Leading the practice is Prabash De Saram, who recently acted for Villa Saffron in relation to its Sri Lankan trade mark registrations.

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Private client, wills and probate
Private client, wills and probate - ranked: tier 1

D. L. & F. De Saram

D. L. & F. De Saram works for a diverse client base and has extensive experience in all aspects of family and testamentary law, including wills, probates, estate management, intestate succession and matrimonial issues. Heading the practice are Aruni Marcelline, Niveditha Abeyaratne and Shanthi John.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 1

D. L. & F. De Saram

Specialising in projects and infrastructure development and the renewable energy sector, D. L. & F. De Saram primarily works for cross-border clients located in Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Korea and India, among others, as well as acts as local counsel for many law firms around the world. Savantha De Saram jointly heads an experienced team alongside Prabash De Saram and the recently promoted Aloka Nandasena, who are currently advising China Development Bank with regard to its proposed financing facility to a local company operating a biomass power plant in Sri Lanka.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

D. L. & F. De Saram

Providing a ‚Äėvery good level of service‚Äô,¬†D. L. & F. De Saram¬†advises on foreign ownership restrictions, land acquisitions and sales, as well as mortgage and lease agreements, and handles¬†real estate¬†due diligence examinations and the preparation of transfers and other title documents. Currently the firm is advising on a number of large development projects, including condominiums.¬†The strong team is jointly headed by Savantha De Saram, Aruni Marcelline, Niveditha Abeyaratne¬†and Shanthi John.

Leading individuals

Savantha De Saram - D. L. & F. De Saram

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 1

D. L. & F. De Saram

D. L. & F. De Saram advises on admiralty disputes and is retained by shipping companies and P&I clubs based in various jurisdictions to aid in cargo disputes, charterparties, ship and crew arrests, maritime litigation and arbitration. The firm also acts on behalf of foreign law firms based in jurisdictions such as London, Singapore and India. The experienced team, co-headed by Jivan Goonetilleke, the recently promoted Dasuni Wijayasiriwardena and consultant counsel Suren de Silva, acted for Dong Do Marine JSC Vietnam (DDM) in an action relating to the arrest of a vessel by the ultimate supplier of bunkers procured by O.W. Bunker Middle East DMC.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

D. L. & F. De Saram

D. L. & F. De Saram advises on many aspects of tax relating to both individuals and corporates, including tax incentives and exemptions for foreign investors, and corporate and income tax disputes. Dijen Lea De Saram is particularly notable in this area, with over 30 years’ experience in dispute resolution, insurance and tax matters.

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