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DL & F De Saram

Corporate/Commercial

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What the team is known for

DL & F De Saram routinely represents a wide variety of multinational businesses and law firms on Sri Lankan inbound investment issues, including acting as co-counsel alongside international law firms. Provides assistance with corporate restructuring in addition to joint ventures and M&A transactions. Notable track record in working on commercial matters concerning the energy, infrastructure, construction and manufacturing sectors, including project development work. Offers expertise in cross-border matters across a wide range of jurisdictions. DL & F De Saram's key clients include Akbar Brothers and China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering.

Notable practitioners

Aloka Nandasena has a broad practice that encompasses corporate restructuring, M&A and project development. A client considers "her turnaround time and advice to be on point." Another source commends her ability "to both follow instructions and also take initiative," as well as "her strength in time management."

Savantha De Saram is highly regarded in the Sri Lankan legal market for his skills in handling joint venture, M&A and project development mandates. One interviewee says that "he is very practical with impeccable problem-solving skills," while another source indicates that "he has an excellent legal mind and always takes a customised approach to designing solutions."

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Overview

The firm has been actively involved in several key cross border and local corporate matters including M&As, capital market transactions, restructuring and insolvency, taxation and projects and infrastructure across various industry sectors such as technology and telecommunications, insurance, manufacturing and construction, pharmaceuticals and power and energy. The team has also led complex cross border financing over the years and is regularly mandated by multi-national corporations and banking and financial institutions to advise on a diverse range of transactions, including syndicated lending, trade financing and acquisition financing.

Key clients include China Harbour Engineering Company Limited, Adani Port and SEZ Limited, HPL Properties (West Asia) Pte Ltd, WindForce PLC, ZTE Corporation, Pan Asia Banking Corporation, Export-Import Bank of China, HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank.

Recent work highlights include advising WindForce PLC on its offer for subscription amounting to LKR 3.2Bn and listing on CSE, advising Adani Ports and SEZ Limited on the PPP project to develop and operate the East Container Terminal within the Colombo South Harbour at the Port of Colombo and advising a banking syndicate on the provision acquisition financing of USD 360Mn. to PGP Glass Private Limited (India) to acquire an Indian entity, with a listed subsidiary in Sri Lanka.

Members

De Saram, Savantha (Head of Department)

Nandasena, Aloka (Head of Department)

Abayaratne, Hansi

De Saram, Prabash

Hanifa, Inshira

Marcelline, Aruni

Ratnayake, Ushara

Sirimane, Manjula

Clients

Adani Port and SEZ Limited

Akbar Brothers (Private) Limited

Asian Development Bank

China Harbour Engineering Company Limited

China Machinery Pipeline Engineering Company Limited

Citibank N.A

DirectFN Technology (Private) Limited

Export-Import Bank of China

Hospinorm Projects GmbH

HPL Properties (West Asia) Pte Ltd

HSBC Bank PLC

Pan Asia Banking Corporation

Standard Chartered Bank

WindForce PLC

ZTE Corporation

Industries

Banking and Financial Services

Construction

Consumer Goods and Services

Education

Hospitality

Infrastructure

IT

Manufacturing

Pharmaceuticals

Power and Energy

Telecommunication

Corporate/Commercial

DL & F De Saram

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Location

47 Alexandra Place

Colombo

Western Province

Sri Lanka

7

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Sri Lanka

Corporate/Commercial


Aloka Nandasena
Up and Coming
Savantha De Saram
Band 2