Ms Ramani Muttettuwegama > Tiruchelvam Associates > Colombo, Sri Lanka > Lawyer Profile

Tiruchelvam Associates
Sri Lanka
Ramani Muttettuwegama photo

Work Department

Corporate M&A, Finance & Banking, Immigration, IP,


Managing Partner


The Firm is managed by Ramani who is the first point of contact for many clients who rely on her not only for her experienced legal opinions but also for her socio political analyses. She has more than 25 years of experience in the profession and heads the Labour, Tax, Intellectual Property and Immigration practices of the Firm. She is a leading human rights advocate and an expert in Telecom and IT Law and has significant experience in Commercial Contracts, Project Financing and Mergers and Acquisitions. She is a skilled negotiator and the Firm’s key representative with regulators.




Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) Inter Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) American Chamber of Commerce (SL)


Attorney-at-Law (1993),
Barrister at Law (Lincoln’s Inn) & Member of the New York Bar,
LL.M (Columbia), LL. B (London)

Lawyer Rankings

Sri Lanka > Banking and finance

Tiruchelvam Associates has been busy combatting matters within the banking and finance sector relating to Sri Lanka’s economic crisis. The practice assists multinational as well as smaller clients on regulatory changes such as overcoming restrictions and management of salaries. Thanks to associate Thuwaraka Ganeshan’s IT expertise, clients have also been assisted on a diversity of fintech matters. The group has aided not-for-profit organisations and has consistently advised at reduced or pro bono rates to those concentrated on micro finance. Ramani Muttettuwegama leads the team and is adept in debt restructuring with her advice often coveted by international debt restructuring teams.

Sri Lanka > Labour and employment

(Leading Individuals)

Ramani Muttettuwegama Tiruchelvam Associates

Ramani Muttettuwegama leads the labour and employment division at Tiruchelvam Associates, which possesses the ‘required expertise, experience and knowledge’ to assist both local and multinational clients in the manufacturing, technology and energy industries, and more recently the education sector. The team leverages its knowledge of strict labour laws to advise on data protection and educational matters, and is also adept at handling the employment aspects of global deals with regard to employment share option schemes and restructuring. Clients further benefit from the division’s niche experience in the sphere of business immigration, providing corporate expertise in relation to recruitment, workforce planning and global mobility in the technology sector.

Sri Lanka > Tax

Tiruchelvam Associates is recommened for acting on an array of tax-related issues, specifically regarding permanent establishments, transfer pricing and the impact of tax reform proposals. The practice dovetails effectively with the firm’s real estate and corporate departments. Ramani Muttettuwegama is they key name to consider.

Sri Lanka > Intellectual property

Skilled negotiator Ramani Muttettuwegama and head of the IP practice Michael Paiva lead the team at Tiruchelvam Associates. It is equipped to provide the full array of intellectual property advice and is primarily engaged in the export, biotechnology and healthcare sectors. The team is skilled at trademarks, design and patent filings, as well as prosecutions, enforcements and opposition actions. Due diligence exercises and the negotiation of licensing agreements are also strong points for the firm. The group regularly represents clients at the National Intellectual Property Office (NIPO), most notably in the tea export industry – one of the main sources of foreign revenue generation to Sri Lanka.