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Sudath Perera Associates
NAWALA 10250
Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka > Dispute resolution Tier 1

The ‘highly skilled, experienced and dynamic‘ team at Sudath Perera Associates is noted for handling a broad spectrum of contentious work. IP and financial disputes and litigation arising from the development of large-scale projects are recognised areas of strength for the group. The ‘helpful and talented’ Lakshana Perera co-heads the department with Deshan Hewavithana, who also leads the firm’s criminal defence practice. Firm founding partner Sudath Perera is vastly experienced in disputes work, and counsel Manoj Bandara has expertise in advising on contentious IP matters.

Practice head(s):

Lakshana Perera; Deshan Hewavithana

Other key lawyers:

Manoj Bandara; Nathaya Nanayakkara; Sudath Perera


‘A highly skilled, experienced and dynamic team of individuals who are highly dependable.’

‘Lakshana Perera stands out as a very competent, experienced and skilled lawyer.’

‘Manoj Bandara is able to provide realistic practical solutions that are commercially viable. He is not only able to understand the legal issues but also provide strategies that are compatible with the corporate world.’

‘Nathaya Nanayakkara provides 360 degree solutions that address the needs of the business on an urgent basis. She provides clarity whilst ensuring efficiency and utmost professionalism.’

‘The team is great.’

‘Lakshana Perera is a very helpful and a talented person.’

‘Sudath Perera directs clients down the correct path in major matters.’

Key clients

Asia Broadcasting Corporation (Pvt) Ltd

Maliban Biscuits Manufactories (Pvt) Ltd

Indocean Developers Private Limited (IDPL)

Fonterra Brands Lanka (Private) Limited

Home Lands Holdings (Pvt) Ltd

Ceylon Guardian Investment Trust PLC

People’s Merchant Finance PLC

Orient Finance PLC

Standard Chartered Bank

Alliance Media Company (Pvt) Ltd

Prime Finance PLC

Chint Group CORP

Ceylon Beverage Holdings PLC

TCB Aviation (Pvt) Ltd

Millennium Distributors & Traders (Pvt) Ltd

Harangalla Plantation (Pvt) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Representing the developer of a condominium property in Sri Lanka in a range of contentious matters.
  • Acting for TCB Aviation (Pvt) Ltd in litigation concerning a contested termination notice.

Sri Lanka > Intellectual property Tier 1

At Sudath Perera Associates, firm managing partner and IP practice co-head Sudath Perera garners praise for his ‘good sense of the market’. Practice co-head Himani Perera is very experienced in advising prominent international clients on a plethora of IP issues, for example Apple Inc. and Puma. Key areas of instruction include advising on counterfeiting matters and infringement claims. Deshan Hewavithana and Manoj Bandara are key practitioners, and Chathurika R. Soyza, who heads up the trade marks division of the department, frequently assists with portfolio matters.

Practice head(s):

Sudath Perera; Himani Perera


‘An easily accessible practice.’

‘Sudath Perera is good at client outreach.’

‘The team has been phenomenal and is able to provide exceptional service and advice in a timely manner.’

‘Sudath always understands cases from a client’s perspective.’

Key clients

Victoria’s Secret Stores Brand Management LLC


D. Samson & Sons (Pvt) Ltd

Ralph Martindale & Company and The Chillington Tool Company

Apple Inc.

LEGO Juris A/S

AerCap Holdings N.V.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Ralph Martindale & Company and The Chillington Tool Company in a case involving the infringement of the ‘Chillington’ trade marks by a local counterfeiter.
  • Assisted D. Samson & Sons Ltd (DSI) with a brand infringement matter.
  • Acted for the Ralph Lauren Corporation in an infringement case, involving the seizure of counterfeit clothing.

Sri Lanka > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Sudath Perera Associates‘ practice, led by Dharshika Herat Gunaratne, has solid expertise in assisting well-known clients, such as the State Bank of India, on a range of real estate transactions. The team’s workload includes advising on significant construction matters, developments, renovations and sale and lease agreements. Senior associates Nihara Perera and Dilrukshi Maddumage are names to note.

Practice head(s):

Dharshika Herat Gunaratne

Other key lawyers:


‘Professionalism, quality and a sense of urgency are the standout attributes of the team.’

‘Dharshika and Nihara are absolutely awesome to work with.’

Key clients

Provident Capital (Private) Limited

Micro Construction (PVT) Ltd

Micro Cars (PVT) Ltd

Micro Holdings

MJF Leisure Private Limited

MJF Group

MJF Holding Limited (Dilmah Tea)

State Bank of India

Samsung India Electronics (PVT) Ltd

Foundation of Goodness

Maga Engineering (Private) Limited

Huejay International Multiflora (PVT) Limited

Huejay Development (Private) Limited

Zam Holdings Limited

Regus Lanka Number 1 Private Limited

Colombo Office Four Private Limited

Office Colombo Holdings Private Limited

Indian Overseas Bank

Fonterra Brands Lanka Private Limited

Toyota Lanka (Private) Limited

Lemuria (Private) Limited

Sanofi Lanka Ltd

Macksons Holdings

Nippon Paint Lanka Private Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted as counsel to Samsung India Electronics (Private) Limited on various real estate and construction projects.
  • Advised the State Bank of India in relation to the execution of staff housing mortgages, staff and corporate vehicle mortgage bonds and high value corporate mortgages over land, machinery, and stock.

Sri Lanka > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Sudath Perera Associates‘knowledgeable, proactive and responsive’ corporate and M&A team has particular strength in handling significant mergers and acquisitions. Additionally, the cohort advises on large-scale corporate restructurings and reorganisations and joint venture agreements, often involving multiple jurisdictions. The ‘consummate professional’ Dushyantha Perera leads the practice, a key member of which is Hafsa Ifthikar, who is particularly experienced handling compliance and regulatory work.

Practice head(s):

Dushyantha Perera

Other key lawyers:


‘They are problem-solvers.’

‘Dushyantha Perera is a consummate professional – he has, time and time again, demonstrated his legal knowledge and commercial awareness. He identifies issues quickly and presents solutions promptly.’

Key clients


Chevron Lubricants Lanka PLC

Toyota Lanka (Pvt) Ltd

Fonterra Brands Lanka (Private) Limited

Unifeeder FZCO

Nippon Paints Sri Lanka


Samsung India Electronics Private Limited

JK Apparel Ltd

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Work highlights

  • Advised Direct Source Seafood USA, as Sri Lankan legal counsel, on its strategic partnership with Taprobane Seafoods Sri Lanka for the production, marketing and sale of Sri Lankan seafood in the US.
  • Advised JK Apparel Manufacturing Ltd on a corporate restructuring and asset divestiture exercise relating to its various apparel manufacturing and export operations in Sri Lanka.
  • Advised Lankalia (Pvt) Ltd on its acquisition of a 80% stake in Peacock Beach Hotel & Spa, in a transaction valued at over LKR1.25bn.

Sri Lanka > Labour and employment Tier 2

Sudath Perera Associates‘ labour and employment workload includes a range of complex cases, from sensitive matters of alleged sexual harassment in the workplace and serious breaches of contract and misconduct, to cases involving alleged unfair severance and accidents in the workplace. The team frequently handles cross-jurisdictional mandates for clients in the entertainment, manufacturing and financial sectors, among others. Sudath Perera, senior counsel Manoj Bandara and Thidas Herath head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Sudath Perera; Manoj Bandara; Thidas Herath


‘Responsive, on time and have the same sense of urgency as clients do.’

‘Thidas is hugely knowledgeable and a great asset when doing business in Sri Lanka.’

‘Very thorough and competent professionals who always had our company’s best interests in mind.’

‘Thidas is a solid lawyer.’

‘Sudath has always been helpful and responsive to needs.’

‘The firm was able to handle cases without much intervention from the client, offering various solutions to suit their needs.’

‘Quick to respond, they offer tailored services and advice based on the situation at hand.’

Key clients

Fonterra Brands Lanka (Pvt) Ltd

Toyota Lanka (Pvt) Ltd

Reckitt Benckiser Lanka Ltd

Maga Engineering (Pvt) Ltd

German Development Corporation (GIZ)

Coats Thread Exports (Pvt) Ltd

Ceylon Tobacco Corporation PLC

The Colombo Plan Secretariat

GLC (Global Leading Conferences) Private Limited

Asia Broadcasting Corporation (Pvt) Ltd

Alliance Media Company (Pvt) Ltd

Sri Lanka > Tax Tier 2

The tax practice at Sudath Perera Associates is recommended for assisting with the submission of tax returns for well-known entities to the Department of Inland Revenue, as well as advising on tax statutes concerning exports and the international provision of goods and services. The group also handles the tax aspects of employment and insurance-related matters. Senior associate Nihara Perera leads the department. Firm managing partner Sudath Perera is a highly regarded practitioner in the tax space.

Practice head(s):

Nihara Perera

Other key lawyers:


‘They are very responsive.’

‘Sudath Perera and Nihara Perera are knowledgeable and responsive.’

‘Responsiveness and a sense of urgency.’

‘We are happy with everyone.’

‘A very professional team.’

‘They are competent, efficient and effective.’

Key clients

Calcey Technologies (Private) Limited

Sanofi Lanka Ltd

Reed Smith LLP

Lemuria (Private) Limited

Shandong Rainbow Agrosciences Co. Ltd

MVM International (Private) Limited

Fonterra Brands Lanka (PVT) Ltd

Samsung India Electronics (Private) Limited

Nippon Paint Lanka (Private) Limited

Qatar Airways

Australia Education Victoria Pty. Ltd

Coats Thread Exports (PVT) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Shandong Rainbow Agrosciences Co. Ltd on matters concerning the submission of tax returns.

Sri Lanka > Banking and finance Tier 3

Sudath Perera Associates‘ practice is headed up by Gamini Balasooriya and Kaushalya Meedeniya. The team is well-equipped to advise well-known domestic banks on both small and medium retail recoveries. Additionally, the group handles the banking and finance aspects of consumer litigation matters.

Practice head(s):

Gamini Balasooriya; Kaushalya Meedeniya


‘Timely execution and excellent collaboration.’

‘Kaushalya Meedeniya has been a very reliable and dependable source at the firm who has helped us in many litigation matters.’

Key clients

Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

Standard Chartered Bank

National Development Bank PLC

Nations Trust Bank PLC

Orient Finance PLC

Dialog Finance PLC

People’s Merchant Finance PLC

HNB Finance PLC

The firm: Since its establishment in 2002, Sudath Perera Associates has rapidly developed into one of the leading law firms in Sri Lanka. The firm now has 38 lawyers, including 12 partners.

Sudath Perera Associates is particularly renowned for its exceptional work in the areas of intellectual property, brand protection, compliance and dispute resolution. In recent years, keeping in line with the liberalisation and growth of the Sri Lankan economy, the firm has also gained prominence in its other key practice areas, including property, corporate and commercial law (including M&A, projects and FDI), and asset finance. The firm is now the go-to law firm for a number of Sri Lanka’s largest business entities and financial institutions, as well as many leading mulitnationals (including Fortune 500 companies) in relation to their Sri Lankan operations, who utilise the firm for all their legal service needs. It is also consistently recognised as a top-tier law firm for several of its practice areas by international legal directories, including The Legal 500, Chambers & Partners and IFLR 1000. Sudath Perera Associates is also the exclusive TerraLex member for Sri Lanka.

Areas of practice: The firm advises clients across a broad range of practice areas, including: anti-corruption; arbitration; aviation; banking; bankruptcy, restructuring and insolvency; capital markets; commercial contracts; commercial litigation; company secretarial; competition law; compliance and regulatory; construction and infrastructure; corporate finance; corporate governance; criminal defence; data protection; employment; energy; financial regulatory; foreign direct investment; funds; immigration; insurance; international trade; intellectual property and brand protection; joint ventures; mediation; mergers and acquisitions; mining, oil and gas; occupational health and safety; private equity and venture capital; probate, trusts and private clients; project development and finance; product liability; public-private partnerships; real estate; shipping and maritime; tax; telecommunications, media and technology; and white-collar crime defence and investigations.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate, commercial, civil and criminal litigation Lakshana Perera
Employment and immigration Sudath Perera
Employment and immigration Thidas Maduwalthanne
Dispute resolution, international mediation and international arbitration Lakshana Perera
Intellectual property and brand protection Sudath Perera
Intellectual property and brand protection Himani Perera
Intellectual property and brand protection Shanika Gunawardena
Private equity Dushyantha Perera
Regulatory and administrative Rozani Rodrigo
Joint ventures, capital markets, investment projects and foreign direct investment Dushyantha Perera
Corporate restructuring and insolvency Dushyantha Perera
Taxation Sudath Perera
Construction, infrastructure and real estate Rozani Rodrigo
Construction, infrastructure and real estate Dharshika Herat Gunaratne
M&A and project finance Dushyantha Perera
Corporate and secretarial services Zahrah Cader
Transport, aviation, shipping and maritime Sudath Perera
Customs, exchange control and fund information Sudath Perera
Occupational health and safety Lakshana Perera
Number of lawyers : 38
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