Firm Profile > Julius & Creasy > Colombo, Sri Lanka

Julius & Creasy
No. 371, R. A. de Mel Mawatha
PO BOX 154
COLOMBO 03
Sri Lanka

Banking and finance Tier 1

Julius & Creasy has a first-rate team that regularly acts as local counsel to international lenders on large syndicated loans when they are granted to domestic banks, companies and the government of Sri Lanka. It also garners praise for its advice on setting up banks, debt trading and on issues relating to derivatives. The team has particular expertise in aircraft leasing and has also been busy advising local lenders on the full array of banking and regulatory matters. Other strengths lie in advising on sub-custodianship matters. Head of department is Janaki Kumaraguru whose expertise spans leveraged finance, trade financing as well as regulatory issues. Priya Sivagananathan is well-regarded too for her work on the full spectrum of  banking and finance matters.

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Key clients

Air Lease Corporation

Avolon Aerospace International

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Julius & Creasy has an excellent team that handles the full array of corporate and M&A work from acting as local counsel for the issuers and lead managers on bond issues through  to advising a sizeable number of leading global telecommunications and social media companies on local regulatory compliance matters. It also garners praise for its work in other areas such as advising on data privacy issues on cross-border transactions and carrying out compliance checks on listed companies. Other strengths include advising on the restructuring of large conglomerates. In addition it has a specialist insurance law team that frequently advises on transactions involving insurance and reinsurance companies. Amila Fernando and Anandhiy Gunawardhana head the department.

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Testimonials

‘The team was very helpful in providing advice on Sri Lankan laws and regulations. We were able to close the deal properly, despite all the hiccups, given all the proper recommendations provided by Julius & Creasy‘.

It is very responsive and detail-orientated‘.

 

 

Key clients

Hutchison Telecommunications Lanka (Private) Limited

C M Holdings PLC

Zilingo Pte Ltd

International Distillers Limited

Deloitte Consulting Overseas Projects LLC

LeapFrog Investments

Sri Lankan Airlines Limited

Architectural Interiors (Export) (Private) Limited

Balapitiya Investments (Private) Limited

Publicis Groupe Holdings B.V.

Synteract, Inc.

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Julius & Creasy has a diverse practice that advises a significant number of Sri Lankan listed companies and global conglomerates on a wide range of disputes. The practice is adept at covering all aspects of civil, commercial and appellate litigation from contractual disputes to professional negligence, environmental issues, debt recovery and white-collar crime. The team has also represented clients in complex arbitrations including several international arbitrations that have been held under the rules of the ICC and the UNCITRAL. Notable names include the heads of department S. A. Carder, J.M. Swaminathan and Anandhiy Gunawardhana. The department’s associates also garner praise.

Testimonials

It is a unique practice – the partners/associates have a great deal of experience in all industries and all areas of law (litigation, insurance, notaries etc) which sets them apart‘.

The relationships and respect that the lawyers build with the companies, government institutions directly and its indirect involvement with legislation is a key strength‘.

‘We work mainly with Prashanthi Mahindaratne relating to litigation. She has appeared on behalf of us in many cases and to date won all the cases. These are also cases against government institutions such as customs, consumer affairs authority etc which have been great wins for our company to stay true to our values and policies‘.

We also work with Mr. Swaminathan who is also very experienced and very well respected in the legal fraternity in Sri Lanka. He has also advised and given us a great deal of direction in our decision making which has helped the organisation immensely‘.

J&C has made a decision to take on pro-bono cases in matters of the environment that not many other legal firms do. Ms. Prashanthi Mahindaratne and Mr. Shanaka Amarasinghe. They are both determined and focused individuals to the task at hand. They are both knowledgeable about the law‘.

 

Key clients

Wildlife and Nature Protection Society of Sri Lanka (WNPS)

City Bank NA

Sabre Travel Network Lanka (Pvt) Ltd

International Committee of Red Cross

Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC)

Chevron Lubricants PLC

Timemark Limited

DFCC Bank PLC

Reckitt Benckiser (Lanka) Limited

Medtronic Inc. USA and India Medtronic Private limited

Finlays Colombo Limited

SmithKline Beecham (Private) Limited

Lankem Ceylon PLC

KIA Motors (Lanka) Limited

Standard Chartered Bank

DFP Canada Limited

Sigiriya Village Hotels PLC

Euro Capital

Dynamic Energies (Private) Limited

Colombo Stock Exchange

Private client Tier 1

Julius & Creasy regularly assists foreign clients and non-resident Sri Lankans with family law, investment, taxation and real estate matters. It is adept at representing fiduciaries, beneficiaries, executors and administrators on a wide range of testamentary matters, estate planning and other related ligation and is skilled at advising on property transfers, probate and the administration of wills and estates. Anandhiy Gunawardhana and Manjula Katugampola are recommended.

Shipping Tier 1

SA Cader leads the group at Julius & Creasy that has an excellent track record of handling dry and wet claims. It acts predominantly for prominent charterers, salvors, ship managers and P&I clubs and also receives a steady flow of instructions from some major international law firms. In addition the accomplished team frequently represents clients in international arbitrations and regularly appears on behalf of ship owners in the Admiralty Court. It also advises on a variety of other shipping matters including ship purchases and sales, ship vessel arrests and advises on a myriad of disputes over salvage, towage and collisions.  

Tax Tier 1

Julius & Creasy has a strong tax practice that frequently provides legal opinions to foreign clients on direct investments in the country as well as assisting its clients when they are restructuring their businesses. It is also adept at providing legal opinions on various subjects such as direct and indirect tax issues. In addition, it frequently assists clients on the implementation of foreign employee share plans/employee incentive plans when they are being implemented by companies outside of Sri Lanka. Other strengths lie in liaising with various regulatory authorities. Another area of expertise is advising entities outside Sri Lanka on any tax issues on aircraft transactions. Heads of team Anandhiy Gunawardhana and Diluka Rodrigo are both well-respected tax practitioners.

Intellectual property Tier 2

Anomi Wanigasekera leads the IP group at Julius & Creasy. Wanigasekera has extensive experience in the full range of enforcement, management and the transactional aspects of IP law. The team also frequently represents clients before the National Intellectual Property Office and acts for multinationals as well as local conglomerates on various infringement actions in addition to search and seizure orders. In addition the department is adept at advising on a diverse range of regulatory compliance matters.

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Testimonials

‘Anomi Wanigasekera is really well-known and respected in the market, she acts for some superb clients, very impressive‘.

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Julius & Creasy handles the full array of conveyancing and real estate matters for predominantly developers, contractors and overseas investors and also assists its clients with planning issues. It is skilled too at advising on lease and tenancy agreements as well as on condominium property declarations. The practice is also strong for construction work and its expertise spans bidding preparation, contract negotiation in addition to financing issues. J.M. Swaminathan is a key member of the team who is particularly recommended on the contentious side. Rajika Louis and Thilanka Haputhanthrie are the other primary contacts.

Photo Name Position Profile
 Anomi Wanigasekera photo Anomi Wanigasekera Partner

Memberships

  • Council Member – Asia Patent Attorneys Association
  • Trademark Committee Member – Asia Patent Attorneys Association
  • Joint Secretary – Asia Patent Attorneys Association, Sri Lanka Group
  • Member – International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Member – Institute of Trademark Attorneys, UK (ITMA)
  • Member – American Chamber of Commerce
  • IPR Committee Member – American Chamber of Commerce
  • Life Member – Bar Association of Sri Lanka
  • Life Member – Colombo Law Society
  • Examiner Sr Lanka Law College

Publications

  • Parallel Imports and some aspects of Trademark Law (co-authored) 2008 BASLJ p.49
  • Trademark Conflict on the Internet
  • Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in Sri Lanka
  • Comparison of Hague-Visby and Hamburg Rules
  • Women in Intellectual Property Law
  • Patent Protection in Sri Lanka
  • Comparison of Hague-Visby and Hamburg Rules

2020

Award Publication/Awarding Body/Miscellaneous

Intellectual property, Asialaw Profiles, Anomi Wanigasekera, Julius & Creasy
Best overall firm by aggregate score, Asialaw Profiles, Julius & Creasy
Asia’s top women in law, Asia Business Law Journal, Anomi Wanigasekera

2019

Award Publication/Awarding Body/Miscellaneous

Winner – Sri Lanka – Patents 2019, Asia IP Awards, Anomi Wanigasekera

Law Firm of the Year, Sri Lanka, Corporate LiveWire 2019 Global Awards –

Leading Adviser Awards – Leading Intellectual Property Attorney of the Year, Sri Lanka Acquisition International, Anomi Wanigasekera

Intellectual Property Law firm of the Year in Sri Lanka, Global Law Experts Annual Awards – 2019, Anomi Wanigasekera

Certificate of Excellence for outstanding performance in: Full Service Law, Advisory Excellence, Anomi Wanigasekera

2018

Award Publication/Awarding Body/Miscellaneous

Certificate of Excellence for outstanding performance in: Intellectual Property Law Advisory Excellence, Anomi Wanigasekera

Excellence in IP Law Services CorporateLiveWire Innovation & Excellence Awards 2018, Anomi Wanigasekera

IP Lawyer of the Year 2018 – Sri Lanka IP Excellence Awards 2018, Anomi Wanigasekera

2017

Award Publication/Awarding Body/Miscellaneous

Best IP Law Firm 2017 – Sri Lanka Acquisition International Excellence Awards 2017, Anomi Wanigasekera

Acquisition International Excellence Award 2017 Best IP Law 2017 – Sri Lanka, Anomi Wanigasekera

Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year in Sri Lanka 2017 CorporateINTL Global Awards 2017, Anomi Wanigasekera

2015

Award Publication/Awarding Body/Miscellaneous

2015 Asia IP Awards Sri Lanka trademarks firm of the Year Sri Lanka copyright firm of the Year, Anomi Wanigasekera

Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year in Sri Lanka 2015 Corporate International Magazine Legal Award, Anomi Wanigasekera


SC. Appeal 92/2019 – Unilever Sri Lanka Limited vs. Nature’s Beauty Creations Limited

We act on behalf of the Plaintiff-Appellant. We have filed action on behalf of our clients against the Defendant-Respondent for publishing / airing disparaging advertisements against our clients in contravention of Section 160 of the Intellectual Property act No. 36 of 2003. Although, the Hon. Commercial High Court made Order refusing the Interim Injunction prayed by us, The Supreme Court has granted leave to our clients in appeal of the said Order. Supreme Court further granted an Interim Order restraining the Defendant-Respondent from publishing / airing the three specific advertisements. The said Appeal has been fixed for Argument.

HC (Civil) 26/2019/IP – Watawala Tea Ceylon Limited vs. Harrisons (Colombo) Limited and International Cosmetics (Private) Limited

We represented the Defendants in this matter. The Plaintiff instituted action against our clients obtaining an Enjoining Order at the first instance, restraining our clients from using, packing, supplying, advertising, promoting, marketing and selling their “Apê Thê” brand of tea. However, we have successfully defended our clients which resulted in the Hon. Court vacating the Enjoining Order against the Defendants and further refusing the Interim Injunction prayed for by the Plaintiff. As a result, the Plaintiff withdrew the action. A separate action has been initiated by the defendants against the plaintiff claiming damages for the loss caused during the operation of Enjoining Order..

HC (Civil) 37/2019/IP – Maharaja Entertainments (Private) Limited vs. Independent Television Network Limited

We represent the Plaintiff in this matter. Our client holds the exclusive territorial license in respect of the film “ASTERIX: The Secret of the Magic Potion” for commercial exploitation in the territory of Sri Lanka. This action was instituted against a television channel based in Sri Lanka for wrongfully, unlawfully and without authorization from our clients, broadcasting the said film in Sri Lanka in violation of client’s copyright and related rights. This case is fixed for Interim Injunction Inquiry by way of Oral Submissions.

HC (Civil) 03/2020/IP – CONSTANCE CARROLL Spolka Z Ograniczona Odpowiedzialnoscia Spolka Komandytowa vs. British Cosmetics (Pvt) Ltd

We act on behalf of the Plaintiff – a Polish company who are the owners of the “CONSTANCE CARROLL” mark, used in relation to its world famous cosmetic products. We have instituted action on behalf of our clients against the former local distributor of the said products for engaging in Unfair Competition and violating our client’s rights under Section 144 of the Intellectual Property act No. 36 of 2003. We also represent our client in connected inquiries against the defendants at the National Intellectual Property Office and the National Medicines Regulatory Authority.

HC (Civil) 06/2020/IP – Minor International Public Company Limited and MHG IP Holding (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. vs. Dr. Anoma Jayasinghe and Mr. Rohan Jayasinghe

We represent the Plaintiffs who operate several hotels and resorts worldwide under the name and style of “AVANI”. We have filed action on behalf of our clients against the owners of boutique hotel carrying on business under the name and style of “ARVANI” VILLA. We have pleaded that the said act amounts to Unfair Competition in terms of Section 160 and trademark infringement under Section 121 of the Intellectual Property act No. 36 of 2003.

Anomi Wanigasekera, Partner

Anomi heads the Intellectual Property division at Julius & Creasy.

What has been your greatest achievement, in a professional and personal capability?

My greatest achievement would be balancing the role of being a mother and a successful lawyer in a country that has set gender roles that are not conducive to the career development of women. More specifically, being able to give off my time and attention to the role of the mother that I play in my family as well as the role of the career woman whilst staying current in the ever evolving society.

What do you do differently from your peers in the industry?

What sets me apart from my peers is patience and professionalism in which I handle both clients and circumstances. In an industry/ profession that is increasingly becoming competitive many professionals are seen going out of their way to secure clients and opportunities, at times resorting to unethical and unprofessional practices. I have always believed in doing the right thing and sending out good, positive vibes out, which has been well rewarded.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

I would advise my younger self to expect the unexpected and stay positive.

Can you give me a practical example of how you helped a client add value to the business?

Unprecedented COVID 19 pandemic situation has affected the global community and has had a drastic impact on the national as well as international trade and economy. Looking ahead to the next 12 months, we all got to work hard and be prepared to assist and support clients in responding to the economic slowdown due to the pandemic situation. We all have to be strong and positive in these difficult times and do everything possible to maintain good relationships with clients.

Within your sector, what do you think will be the biggest challenge for clients over the next 12 months?

I always advice and encourage clients to protect their brands, new designs and inventions by registering with the authorities. As Intellectual Property is an intangible asset which can fetch a high value to product/service as well as the business A subsidiary of Hayleys Group of companies registered their brand names, Designs and Patents in Sr Lanka as well as in foreign jurisdictions and was successful in enforcing their rights in Sri Lanka as well as in other jurisdictions such as India, UK. USA.