Savantha De Saram Corporate Law - Sri Lanka

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D. L. & F. De Saram
No.47,C.W. Kannangara Mawatha
Colombo 7,
Sri Lanka

Tel: (+94) 11 2695782
Fax: (+94) 11 2695410


Savantha De Saram is a governing partner and grandson of the founder of the firm. A barrister-at-law of Lincoln’s Inn, Savantha heads the corporate and commercial division of the firm and his areas of specialty include project finance and infrastructure projects, securitisation and admiralty, shipping and international trade.

Savantha heads the team advising China Harbour Engineering Company Limited and the proposed development at the Magampura Port at Hambanthota.

  • LLB (Hons), Holborn Law College London June 1997.
  • Attorney-at- Law, Supreme Court of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (October 1999).
  • Barrister-at- Law (England and Wales-1998), Lincoln’s Inn.

Corporate and Commercial, Project Finance and Infrastructure Projects, Securitization, Information Technology, Admiralty, Shipping and International Trade

The Corporate and M&A Law Practice:

The firm has an experienced team of lawyers specializing in Corporate Law & Mergers and Acquisitions, in the fields of energy, infrastructure, construction and pharmaceuticals. The firm handles private equity and public mergers and acquisitions, and was recently associated with two of the largest M&A transactions in Sri Lanka.

D.L. & F. De Saram undertakes due diligence exercises and preparation of share purchase and shareholders’ agreements and specializes in advising clients on Sri Lankan foreign investment and amalgamation laws. The firm also continues to advise major Chinese and Indian clients on structured inbound investment.

D.L. & F. De Saram Law Firm:

D.L. & F. De Saram is one of the oldest law firms in Sri Lanka, founded in 1898 by Richard Francis De Saram. Today, De Saram’s is one of the countries largest full service law firms.

The general areas of practice include corporate/commercial litigation, foreign investment, banking and finance, project finance and infrastructure projects, securitisation, admiralty, international trade and shipping, intellectual property, information technology, employment, insurance and tax. The firm has grown to be the leading firm in matters of admiralty being local correspondents for leading P&I clubs.

The firm has been consistently ranked as a top-tier legal firm by IFLR 1000, Legal 500, Chambers Global and Chambers Asia Pacific. We provide cross border legal services to major international firms in, inter alia, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, India, Europe and Australia.

Our highly qualified, versatile and experienced legal team specializes in infrastructure project development (including ports, power and energy, highways, etc.), with emphasis on PPPs and cross border financing. We acted as local counsel to the US $ 1.5 billion Port City Project, the largest infrastructure project undertaken in Sri Lanka. The firm’s M&A team has been involved in three of the largest M&A transactions in Sri Lanka: the acquisition of Aviva NDB Insurance PLC by Aviva Company; the merger of the Lafarge and Holcim entities in Sri Lanka pursuant to the global merger of these entities; and the sale by Lafarge Holcim of its shares in Holcim Lanka Limited. We also advised on antitrust implications of the Lafarge and Holcim merger under Sri Lankan law.

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