Firm Profile > Sudath Perera Associates > Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sudath Perera Associates
NAWALA 10250
Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Sudath Perera Associates handles a vast array of commercial litigation and arbitration matters for both local and international clients with considerable expertise in key sectors such as corporate, construction, and aviation as well as defamation actions and IP litigation. It also has a dedicated team of litigators who handle banking and finance-related matters and deals exclusively with the recovery of debts on high-risk lending claims for some major financial institutions and leading banks. Sudath Perera is highly regarded and Lakshana Perera heads the civil and commercial litigation group. Deshan Hewavithana is another key figure and leads the firm’s criminal defence unit.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

China Overseas Engineering Group Co. Ltd

Ceylon Tobacco Company (subsidiary of British American Tobacco)

Ansell Lanka (Pvt) Ltd

Ruhunu Lanka Cement (Private) Limited

Fonterra Brands Lanka (Private) Limited

Home Lands Holdings (Pvt) Ltd

People’s Merchant Finance PLC

Heineken Lanka Limited

Standard Chartered Bank

Agstar Fertilizer (Pvt) Ltd

Maga Engineering (Pvt) Ltd

Sri Lanka > Intellectual property Tier 1

Sudath Perera Associates fields an excellent team that is well-regarded for its work on IP and brand protection in Sri Lanka. It has a strong client base of leading international and local brands. The team skilfully covers the full array of IP matters and recently it has been increasingly advising on various licensing and franchising matters. Sudath Perera is an accomplished intellectual property lawyer and litigator and frequently conducts high-level negotiations on behalf of brand owners. Himani Perera has also played a key role in leading the firm’s IP offering. In addition the group has a solid reputation for its work on domain name disputes, trademarks and passing off actions.

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Key clients

Under Armour

Calvin Klein

Polo Ralph Lauren


L Brands Inc. (Victoria Secrets)

Reckitt Benckiser

Hugo Boss

Louis Vuitton Malletier

Prada S.A.

Daiso Industries Co. Ltd, Japan

Disney Inc

Tommy Hilfiger B.V.

Microsoft Corporation

Sri Lanka > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Sudath Perera Associates specialises in advising on inward foreign direct investments, public-private partnerships, mergers and acquisitions as well as regulatory matters and corporate restructurings. The team has been busy advising on a variety of infrastructure and energy projects and regularly acts as local counsel on major international deals. The practice is also noted for its skill at assisting Sri Lankan companies on their international expansion through the experience of the head of department Dushyantha Perera. Perera is recognised for his cross-border corporate and commercial work.

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The firm provides a  full range of services with equal proficiency and expertise which makes it the perfect place for all ancillary issues arising out of Corporate/M&A work‘.

Dushyantha Perera is the partner in the firm who we normally work with and the ease of availability and the solution oriented approach certainly sets him apart from others‘.

Great leadership and took a customised approach to designing the solutions we required‘.

Attentive. Detailed-oriented and focused‘.


Key clients

People’s Merchant Finance PLC

Navara Capital Ltd

Bolton Remote Pte Ltd

Rofa Bekleidungswerk GmbH & Co. KG

Spectrum AudioVisual Pte. Ltd. (Singapore’s leading audio-visual solutions provider)

Capital Trust Corporate Solutions (Private) Limited

MAGA Engineering (Pvt) Ltd

Home lands Holdings (Pvt) Ltd

Toyota Lanka Private Limited (wholly owned subsidiary of the Toyota group)

Kuehne+Nagel (Private) Limited

Sri Lanka > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Clients of Sudath Perera Associates include developers, investors and lenders. The skilled team advises on all aspects of immovable property transactions and condominium projects. Its expertise spans from advising on acquisitions and sales of freehold and leasehold property (residential, commercial and industrial lease agreements) to due diligence exercises on land transactions. Department head Dharshika Herat Gunaratne is recommended for her vast experience in conveyancing, property and construction law.

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Efficient problem solving. Better understanding of the client’s requirements. Easily accessible (email / mobile) -extremely fast turnaround time‘.

Deals with every requirement urgently and with a sense of priority. Always reachable with ease whenever the need arises. Extremely professional and courteous. Special mention to Ms. Nihara‘.

Highly personalised service. We talk to the relevant associates and generally the job is done without much complexity, but we can always connect with the managing partner if a need arises. Very professional approach in problem solving compared to the competitor firms‘.

The flexibility and the agility of team members set it apart from the competitors. Even if the lawyers have to go an additional mile, they would do it without hesitation. Mrs. Ridma Nagahawatte & Mr. Sudath Perera are always accommodating and it’s a pleasure to work with them‘.

The team provides a professional service and the lawyers are highly knowledgeable often offering advice by thinking beyond what a normal practice would do‘.

I work with Minushika Perera. Minushika offers me an excellent service. She has been going out of the way to offer me some value added services that I would have been unable to attend due to my other engagements. She always finds a way to do the job and is always willing to assist beyond what I can expect from another lawyer‘.

The entire team of professionals is well equipped in each person’s area or scope of work. Almost every single individual is very well experienced and capable of carrying out their duties proficiently‘.


Key clients

Ceylon Tobacco Company Plc

Foundation of Goodness

State Bank of India

Union Bank of Colombo PLC

Samsung India Electronics (PVT) Ltd

Huejay International Multiflora (Pvt) Limited / Huejay Development (Private) Limited

Maga Engineering (Private) Limited

MJF Leisure Private Limited/ MJF Group/ MJF Holdingd Limited (Dilmah Tea)

Zam Holdings Limited

Provident Capital (Private) Limited

Micro Construction (Pte) Ltd / Micro Cars (Pvt) Ltd / Micro Holdings

Indian Overseas Bank

Regus Lanka Number 1 Private Limited / Colombo Office Four Private Limited / Office Colombo Holdings Private Limited

Toyota Lanka (Private) Limited

Fonterra Brands Lanka Private Limited

Sri Lanka > Banking and finance Tier 3

Sudath Perera Associates fields a skilled team that is adept at advising local and international businesses, financial institutions and major banks on the full array of banking matters. Core strengths include advising on loan agreements, credit facilities, project and infrastructure financing as well as insolvency proceedings and acquisition financing. It also has considerable experience in shipping and aircraft financing as well substantial expertise in financial litigation. Names to note are Kaushalya Meedeniya and Gamini Balasooriya. Niluka Wickremesinghe is another key member of the team.

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The team possesses an in-depth knowledge of the banking and finance industry particularly in the area of debt recovery and money recovery matters pertaining to the finance industry‘.

The team – particularly Kaushalya Meedeniya who is a Partner of the firm and is the key contact for our account has a hands-on knowledge on the subject of debt and money recovery litigation in the finance industry and has a methodical yet practical approach to cases referred. Our experience with the firm and Kaushalya in particular has been terrific. We have greatly benefited from her advice and timely attendance to our requirements’.


Key clients

The Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd

Standard Chartered Bank

National Development Bank PLC

Dialog Finance PLC

Prime 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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