Leading Individuals

Next Generation Partners

Projects and energy in Sri Lanka

D. L. & F. De Saram

D. L. & F. De Saram offers considerable expertise in energy and infrastructure projects, including advising on concession, implementation and finance agreements, EPCs and other project documents. Other notable areas of focus involve assisting with PPAs, public procurement frameworks, regulatory and licensing requirements as well as project negotiations. The team support clients across the the power, oil and gas, transport, utilities and social infrastructure sectors. Savantha De Saram leads the practice alongside Aloka Nandasena. Hansi Abayaratne is another key member of the department.

Practice head(s):

Savantha De Saram; Aloka Nandasena

Other key lawyers:

Hansi Abayaratne

Key clients

China Harbour Engineering Company Limited

Adani Port and SEZ Limited

Adani Green Energy Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Adani Ports and SEZ Limited on the PPP project to develop and operate the East Container Terminal situated within the Colombo South Harbour at the Port of Colombo.

Nithya Partners

Nithya Partners is recognised for its work within the project development and project finance spaces. The practice supports clients on projects across a diverse range of sectors, including power and energy, telecommunications, infrastructure and port development. The team also acts on disputes relating to infrastructure and project transactions. Chanaka de Silva is recommended for advising, negotiating and structuring large infrastructure projects in the electricity, telecommunication, petroleum, road, ports and mining industries.

Practice head(s):

Chanaka de Silva


‘Understands the energy sector well.’

‘Good and thorough knowledge of the renewable energy sector.’

Key clients

Lakdhanavi Limited

Adani Group of India

Vidul Lanka (Private) Limited

Metrocorp (Pvt.) Ltd.

Roughton Consultants, UK

Gazelle Capital Pte Ltd

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

  • Advised Lakdhanavi Limited in relation to a multi fuel 300MW Cyle Power Plant Project.
  • Advised New Fortress Energy Inc. on the 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 consortium Adani Ports and SEZ Limited and John Keells Holdings PLC on the development of the West Container Terminal of the South Harbour of the Colombo Port on a PPP basis with the Sri Lanka Ports Authority.  

Tiruchelvam Associates

Tiruchelvam Associates is recommened for its work within the energy sector, specifically in relation to renewable energy projects. Practice head Laila Nasry is a key name to note within this area, advising clients on an array of issues including rooftop solar projects. Senior associate Nirosha Peiris bolsters the strength in depth of the practice, focusing on power projects.

Practice head(s):

Laila Nasry

Other key lawyers:

Nirosha Peiris


‘The knowledge they possess about the subject matter is extra ordinary.’

‘Laila Nasry has the best knowledge in regards to power and energy projects.’


Key clients

Blueleaf Energy Asia Pte Ltd

Kazanci Holdings A.S.

Healy Consultants Group PLC representing TSK Electronica Y Electricidad S.A. (investor)

Takeda Group of Companies

Galadari Hotels Lanka PLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Blueleaf Energy Asia Pte Ltd on the design, build, install, operate and transfer of a solar PV system on a local factory rooftop of a multinational brewery.
  • Advised the Kazanci Holdings A.S. on its bid pertaining to the second 300 MW LNG combined cycle power plant at Kerawalapitiya.
  • Advised Galadari Hotels Lanka PLC on contractual and financing matters and corresponding documents in relation to the hotel’s renovation and refurbishment project.