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Sudath Perera Associates
NO 5, 9TH LANE, NAWALA ROAD
NAWALA 10250
Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Sudath Perera Associates has a first-rate team that deals with high-profile litigation and complex arbitration matters. Core areas of expertise include advising on commercial, corporate and contractual disputes as well as other areas such as contentious real estate, regulatory and banking matters. It is also skilled at handling labour and industrial disputes, white-collar crimes, IP litigation and criminal defence work. Managing partner Sudath Perera is well-regarded for his vast experience across the disputes space. The practice heads are Lakshana Perera, who heads the dispute resolution, civil and commercial litigation group and Deshan Hewavithana, who leads the criminal defence unit. Manoj Bandara is another key figure who handles a spectrum of litigation and alternative dispute resolution matters for the firm.

Testimonials

‘Sudath Perera Associates is equipped with a highly trained, motivated, and efficient team in its dispute resolution section. Its capabilities in civil and criminal dispute resolution including managing investigation processes with the Criminal Investigation Department of Sri Lanka are commendable. Partner – Sudath Perera; Partner- Lakshana Perera’.

‘With regards to dispute resolution the knowledge, experience and legal options that are given are much appreciated. The firm’s senior leaders represent clients in all inquiries and are readily available for any inquiries‘.

‘Manoj Bandara – highly reputed counsel amongst many senior arbitrators, industrial boards and the judiciary. Sudath Perera – Very good at planning strategies proactively. Thidas – Very good at studying finer points in disputes and bringing out convincing arguments’.

Key clients

Maga Engineering (Pvt) Ltd

Maliban Biscuits Manufactories (Pvt) Ltd

Dilmah Ceylon Tea Company

Auto Miraj

Fonterra Brands Lanka (Private) Limited

Home Lands Holdings (Pvt) Ltd

Pan Nippon Development

People’s Merchant Finance PLC

Orient Finance PLC

Standard Chartered Bank

Agstar Fertilizer (Pvt) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Initiated defamatory actions on behalf of Maliban Biscuit Manufactories in the District Court of Colombo relating to the “Lemon Puff” products.
  • Initiated an action in the Commercial High Court under Sections 224 and 225 of the Companies Act No. 7 of 2007 on behalf of a shareholder of the company.
  • Advising Asia Broadcasting Corporation (Private) Limited and Derana Macro Entertainment (Private) Limited, both being popular media networks in Sri Lanka, on a defamation action filed against them and another local media network.

Sri Lanka > Intellectual property Tier 1

Sudath Perera Associates has an excellent reputation for its work in intellectual property and brand protection. The group garners praise for its handling of trade mark, patent and design prosecutions both locally and internationally as well as for its work in other areas such as copyright and domain name disputes, licensing and distributorship agreements as well as other issues such as copyright infringements and unfair competition. Sudath Perera is a key contact, and Himani Perera  is another notable member of the department. The team is also recommended for its advice to clients on brand development matters.  

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Testimonials

‘Sudath Perera Associates has been our professional & trusted partner for IP enforcement/protection services. The firm is able to provide timely & professional advice while offering a flexible fee structure which is critical to our programme’s success during the challenging time’.

‘Sudath and Nathaya have always been able to provide advices and proposals which fit our budget constraints. Moreover, they are able to offer the most effective strategies to tackle against infringers’.

‘The team provides innovative solutions and is always available to the clients. Manoj is very knowledgeable in this area of law and very efficient with the services‘.

Key clients

Precisely Holdings, LLC

Maplebear Inc. DBA Instacart

Beverage Marketing USA, Inc.

Libra Association

Sim Leisure Group Limited

OLIMP LABORATORIES Sp. z.o.o.

Red Bull AG

Facebook, Inc

Instagram, LLC

Alcon Inc.

Work highlights

  • The firm instituted a court action for Victoria’s Secret Stores Brand Management LLC against a local party known as ‘Usha Factory Excess (Pvt) Ltd under Section 121 (Violation of the Registered Trademarks) and Section 160 (Unfair Competition) of the Intellectual Property Act No. 36 of 2003 for manufacturing and marketing counterfeit garments under ‘Pink’ and ‘dog device’ trademarks. The Court was pleased to issue an ex-parte enjoining order based on the submissions made in this regard.
  • Judgement was granted in favour of its client Zahra Exports (Private) Limited, in an action to protect its registered trademark of “ZAHRA TEA”.

Sri Lanka > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Sudath Perera Associates has a broad and varied real estate and construction practice, with recent work including government-related transaction, freehold and leasehold property transactions and land registration matters. Dharshika Herat Gunaratne  heads the team.

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Testimonials

‘They are prompt and provide a comprehensive service. They are very approachable and are easy to work with. Having worked with  Dharshika Herat Gunaratne (Partner) I know that they provide an excellent service and try to ensure all aspects of a legal matter are addressed. Nihara Perera (Snr. Associate) also provides an exceptional service’.

‘They have very competent officers with diverse special interests. All areas are therefore very well covered’.

‘Competent, very helpful and patient’.

‘Problem solving skills, attention to detail and mostly the level of priority they place on the work at hand is commendable’.

‘Moving fast. In our experience most lawyers and law firms tend to need continuous follow ups from the clients’ end in order to get the job done. At Sudath Perera associates we have constantly experienced a sense of urgency from the firm’s side to expedite matters and conclude without delay. In the real estate and construction industry time is money’.

The entire team is very professional and has expertise in the respective areas. Based on the requirements of the client, they also assist/ refer the client to other teams/ divisions/ sections with a lot of interest and follow up to cater to clients’ requirements efficiently and effectively. Each and every team member is very knowledgeable and capable in their own area of work and are very helpful in meeting the client’s requirements/ expectations‘.

Key clients

PROVIDENT CAPITAL (PRIVATE) LIMITED

MICRO CONSTRUCTION (PVT) LTD / MICRO CARS (PVT) LTD / MICRO HOLDINGS

MJF LEISURE PRIVATE LIMITED/ MJF GROUP/ MJF HOLDINGD 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

  • The real estate department has executed over 50 mortgages for the State Bank of India during the period from June 2020 to date.
  • Conducted a property due diligence for Macksons Holdings so that it was able to make an informed decision about purchasing two properties.

Sri Lanka > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

The corporate and commercial department at Sudath Perera Associates  specialises in inbound foreign direct investments, public-private partnerships, mergers and acquisitions and compliance matters. With Dushyantha Perera at the helm the team also excels at advising on corporate restructurings and on advising Sri Lankan companies on various cross-border matters. The group frequently works with some leading international law firms on a range of complex and high-value matters.  

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Testimonials

‘A unique feature that I see at Sudath Perera Associates is the preparation of comprehensive legal strategy for any matter that we seek advice on. It contains risks, mitigation actions and possible next steps that helps business sustainability. They also have a very experienced team to advise on any matters, eg litigation, labour, tax etc. Their team is very flexible and is ready to advise whenever the client needs it‘.

Dushyantha Perera – brings international experience to commercial matters‘.

The team is very knowledgeable and responsive as well as appropriately proactive. The work is of the highest quality and very reasonably priced. Dushyantha Perera provides excellent client service. He is very engaged and always up to date with the most recent developments in law and practice. Jinathma Siriwardana is an excellent associate, very responsive and knowledgeable’.

‘A team with diverse expertise who work together for client solutions. Personalised approach, customised solutions and specialised knowledge‘.

Key clients

People’s Merchant Finance PLC

MAGA Engineering (Pvt) Ltd

Chevron Lubricants

The Bolton Remote group

Toyota Lanka (Private) Limited

Fonterra Brands Lanka (Pvt) Ltd

Bennet and Company

Navara Capital

The Essilor Group

The Esquel Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Navara Meditech (Private) Limited, which is a member of the Navara Capital Group, on the acquisition of the entire share capital of Prestige Pharma International (Private) Limited (a leading pharmaceutical trading company).
  • Advised People’s Merchant Finance PLC on the regulatory and compliance aspects regarding a corporate restructuring exercise.
  • Assisted MAGA Engineering (Pvt) Ltd on a corporate restructuring exercise for its subsidiary ‘Clear Point Residencies’ (which is a 171-unit, 47 floor luxury residential development).

Sri Lanka > Labour and employment Tier 2

Sudath Perera Associates has an excellent reputation for its work on employment matters and industrial relations. Its client base includes multinationa businesses including airlines, media corporations, banks and trading companies. The team is highly regarded for its contentious work before courts, labour tribunals and in industrial arbitrations. Other strengths include advising on contracts of employment and on employee’s undertakings. Sudath Perera ; Manoj Bandara  and Thidas Herath are key members of the department that is also praised for its work at handling issues surrounding employee misconduct and all other employment related matters that arise during mergers and acquisitions, company closures and redundancies.

Testimonials

Sudath Perera Associates (SPA) has diverse expertise in all aspects/practice areas. SPA has a great case-success rate locally/globally. When we appointed SPA, we considered professionalism, expertise and ethicality to be of the utmost importance, which SPA demonstrated for many years, above and beyond our expectations. We’re very fortunate that we’ve made the right decision to retain SPA to be the total law logistical hub. They have innovative practices that stand above industry norms. Eg: e-billing, e-library, e-consultation/drafting, MS teams platform meetings & dialogues, client portfolio assessments & multi-stakeholder collaborations‘.

‘SPA staff/partners understand our business/operational model. They understand our HQ expectations and global industry environment in which we operate. Provides the client with solutions and a multi-faceted overview. It organises resources professionally and in a very transparent manner.  Client focus and delivery are unmatched. Trust, reliability & competency of staff and professional approach is a hallmark.’

Key clients

Fonterra Brands Lanka Private Limited

Toyota Lanka (Pvt) Ltd

Reckitt Benckiser

Maga Engineering (Pvt) Ltd

German Development Corporation

Coats Thread Exports (Pvt) Ltd

Ceylon Tobacco Corporation

Colombo Plan

GLC (Global Leading Conferences) Private Limited

Sri Lanka > Banking and finance Tier 3

Sudath Perera Associates fields a team of experienced practitioners who often advise local and international banks on the full range of issues with particular expertise in advising on the recovery of non-performing loans.  Kaushalya Meedeniya  heads the department, which is well-equipped to advise on other areas of financing such as ship and aircraft financing and project and infrastructure financing.  Niluka Wickremesinghe  is also well-regarded for her work for lenders on a broad range of banking and contentious issues. Gamini Balasooriya  is another leading member of the team.

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Testimonials

‘Specialised knowledge in all banking and finance related areas. Attention to detail and close collaboration on all matters referred’.

 

Key clients

The Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd

Standard Chartered Bank

National Development Bank PLC

Dialog Finance PLC

Prime Finance PLC

Merchant Bank of Sri Lanka

Orient Finance PLC

People’s Merchant Finance PLC

Sri Lanka > Tax Tier 3

Sudath Perera Associates fields an excellent team that is led by Sudath Perera. It represents a wide variety of clients from individuals and small businesses to multinational corporations, handling transactional work as well as a myriad of tax disputes. Tax consultant Bandunath Jayaratne is a notable member of the team.

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Testimonials

‘A highly experienced team of tax experts that provide detailed and well considered responses‘.

Reliable and provides timely responses‘.

‘They have in depth knowledge of the tax issues our client was facing and provided a legal memo respecting this in a very timely fashion to cope with our closing timeline. They have flexible fee arrangements and are super responsive and collaborative. We appreciate their expertise and professionalism‘.

‘They are very approachable, responsive and have great legal and commercial knowledge of the sector and local market. They worked efficiently and effectively and helped us navigate through the local law‘.

Key clients

SANOFI LANKA LTD

REED SMITH LLP

LEMURIA (PRIVATE) LIMITED

SHANGDONG 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

  • Acting for Sanofi Lanka Ltd in the submission of documentation and an application to the Department of Inland Revenue Sri Lanka to obtain the concessionary tax rate for VRS payments.
  • Filing a statement of estimated tax payable for the year of assessment 2020/2021 as well as the return of income for the year of assessment 2019/2020 on behalf of Shandong Rainbow Agrosciences Co. Ltd

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
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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