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Projects and energy in Sri Lanka

D. L. & F. De Saram

The projects and energy team at D. L. & F. De Saram is well known for its strength in advising on complex regulatory matters, at both domestic and international level, as well as the development, construction, financing and due diligence elements of large-scale projects. The client base includes renewables, oil and gas, tech and telecoms entities. Senior partner of the firm Savantha De Saram and banking and finance specialist Aloka Nandasena lead the practice, in which Hansi Abayaratne is a stand-out name.

Practice head(s):

Savantha De Saram; Aloka Nandasena

Other key lawyers:

Hansi Abayaratne


‘The team’s knowledge of the power sector in Sri Lanka is exceptional.’

‘Hansi Abayaratne is responsive, practical and a great project development lawyer.’

Key clients

China Harbour Engineering Company Limited

Adani Port and SEZ Limited

Adani Green Energy Limited

Go Bungy Japan

Work highlights

  • Advised Adani Green Energy Ltd on its PPP project development in Sri Lanka, including on government procurement rules applicable to solicited and unsolicited projects funded by private sector investors, the establishment and operation of renewable energy projects, and land acquisition.
  • Advised clients on the development and operation of East Container Terminal situated within the Colombo South Harbour at the Port of Colombo.
  • Advised Go Bungy Japan on setting up a bungy jumping facility at the Colombo Lotus Tower.

Nithya Partners

The projects team at Nithya Partners is led by project finance expert Chanaka De Silva, and is noted for its experience in advising on complex financing and development matters concerning a broad range of projects. The group handles instructions from a range of industries, including electricity, telecoms, petroleum, roads, ports and mining, and also handles related litigation. Senior associate Dilrukshi Paul is a key name to note, advising on the regulatory and contractual elements of deals.

Practice head(s):

Chanaka de Silva

Other key lawyers:

Dilrukshi Paul


‘The partner and associates are very knowledgeable. They are also easily accessible.’

‘Very knowledgeable of the industry and very proactive in approach.’

Key clients

Lakdhanavi Limited

Adani Group of India

Vidul Lanka (Private) Limited

Metrocorp (Pvt.) Ltd.

Roughton Consultants, UK

China State Construction Engineering Corp. Ltd.

New Fortress Energy of USA

Maga Engineering (Pvt.) Ltd.

Tudawe Brothers (Pvt) Ltd.

Iluka Resources Limited

Magalganga Power Company (Pvt) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Assisted Lakdhanavi Limited with clarifications and matters related to the procurement procedure from the evaluation process stage of its bid, and also represented the client in litigation concerning the award of the contract for the Kerawalapitiya LNG power plant.
  • Advised New Fortress Energy Inc. on a transaction with the Government of Sri Lanka for the supply of LNG to the Yugadhanavi Power Plant, Sobadhanavi Power Plant and other future power plants in the Kerawalapitiya area.
  • Advised the client on the terms of the draft Concession Agreement and is assisting with the structuring of a project, negotiations with the Sri Lanka Ports Authority, joint venture related issues, and financing the project.

Tiruchelvam Associates

Energy specialist Laila Nasry is at the helm of Tiruchelvam Associates’ projects and energy practice. The team has significant experience in assisting clients with the regulatory and developmental aspects of a broad array of projects, for example wind power, combined cycle power, and solar electricity. It also has strength in advising on related trade deals. The group’s workload often has cross-jurisdictional elements, such as advising on the feasibility of interconnecting grids between countries. Nirosha Peiris, who made partner in 2022, is a noteworthy practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Laila Nasry

Other key lawyers:

Nirosha Peiris

Key clients

World Bank and World Trade Organisation

Galadari Brothers Co. LLC

Work highlights

  • Advising Sri Lanka’s energy regulator, the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka, on reviewing and revising the contractual structure of rooftop solar electricity generation to facilitate third-party investment.
  • Assisted the World Trade Organization and the World Bank Group with reviewing and advising on the legal and regulatory barriers to service trade and investment across 33 service sectors in Sri Lanka.
  • Assisted Galadari Brothers Co. LLC with its subsidiary Galadari Hotels (Lanka) PLC’s entry into a series of agreements with a multinational hospitality giant for the development of Galadari Hotel Lanka and the operation and management thereafter.

F. J. & G. De Saram

F. J. & G. De Saram‘s team advises on a broad range of matters in the projects and energy space. The group predominantly advises high-profile clients on the financial aspects of the development of significant projects, with a particular focus on wind, thermal and solar power. Ayomi Aluwihare and Shanaka Gunasekara are the practice heads, and senior associate Shakthi Ratnakumaran is a key name in the group.

Practice head(s):

Ayomi Aluwihare; Shanaka Gunasekara

Other key lawyers:

Shakthi Ratnakumaran

Key clients

Asia Development Bank


Work highlights

  • Advised Trilegal – on behalf of the International Finance Corporation – in its position as the consultant to the Government of Sri Lanka on the development of a 300MW solar and wind power park under a PPP model.
  • Advised Sojitz Kelanitissa (Pvt) Ltd on the termination of a PPA entered into with the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and subsequent transfer of a thermal power plant to the CEB.