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47 C.W.W KANNANGARA MAWATHA, COLOMBO 7, SRI LANKA
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Work +94 11 269 5782
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www.desaram.com

Sri Lanka

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

D. L. & F. De Saram

D. L. & F. De Saram advises banks and financial institutions on their activities in Sri Lanka. Recently the group advised China Development Bank on the local law matters concerning $100m-worth of loans provided to the Sri Lankan government and a number of private sector entities. Others clients include BNP Paribas, Standard Chartered Bank and HSBC Electronic Data Processes Lanka. Prabash De Saram and Savantha De Saram are the key names.

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

D. L. & F. De Saram

D. L. & F. De Saram is ‘very responsive and commercial, with strong technical knowledge’. The corporate group’s experience spans local acquisitions, international investment in Sri Lanka and, in recent times, numerous corporate employment matters. Clients include Malaysian Airlines, which the practice advised on the restructuring of its human resources in Sri Lanka. Jivan Goonetilleke and Savantha De Saram have ‘very good client-care skills’.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

D. L. & F. De Saram

The ‘excellentD. L. & F. De Saram is noted for its ‘great commitment to cases and ability to provide thorough preparation and timely advice’. The department is well versed in general commercial disputes and has represented global companies such as Nestlé Lanka, the BBC and the Vitol group of companies. The firm has also been active in enforcing arbitration judgments. Jivan Goonetilleke is a key name.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

D. L. & F. De Saram

D. L. & F. De Saram’s practice focuses on trade mark registrations and Anuruddha Perera has handled numerous registrations for international and local retailers in the past year; Motorola, Blue Diamonds Jewelleries and Hitachi Automotive. The group also works on international 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’s private client team is particularly well versed in personal foreign investment, property, trusts and family matters. Employment, inheritance and tax are other areas of expertise.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 1

D. L. & F. De Saram

D. L. & F. De Saram is well versed in projects and energy matters, with a particular focus on project financing. In a recent highlight, the practice advised China Harbour Engineering on operational matters relating to the development of the Port of Colombo. The group has also acted on energy projects including waste water. Savantha De Saram is the key partner.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 2

D. L. & F. De Saram

D. L. & F. De Saram’s real estate practice has been advising on a mixed development project in Colombo worth $350m, and is advising on the construction of the Colombo Port, which involves obtaining various levels of permission from government bodies. Savantha de Saram leads the team.

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 1

D. L. & F. De Saram

D. L. & F. De Saram’s shipping practice works with shipping companies on the establishment of offices, warehousing operations and admiralty disputes. Jivan Goonetilleke is the key contact.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

D. L. & F. De Saram

D. L. & F. De Saram’s tax team advises clients including Shangri-La Hotels and Tesco International on their tax arrangements.

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