Sri Lanka

Team Leader, Sri LankaJivan Peiris

12 years of experience in labor and employment law 

Other Areas of Practice:

  • Corporate and Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Admiralty and Shipping
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Take Overs and Mergers
  • Personal/Civil Actions

Professional Experience:

  • Partner, M/s D.L. & F. De Saram  from May 2014 to Present
  • Consultant/Counsel to  M/s D.L. & F. De Saram from 2008-2014 
  • Legal Officer at Asia Securities Limited , leading stock brokering firm (2007)


  • B.A(Bachelor of Arts) (University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka),
  • LL.B (Hons) (University of London)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Conflict Resolution (University of Colombo)
  • Attorney-at Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka.

Languages: English, Sinhalese

Professional Memberships:

  • Legal Officer at Asia Securities Limited , leading stock brokering firm (2007)



Our affiliate in Sri Lanka is one of the oldest and leading law firms in the country. The team advise and address the needs of domestic and international corporate clients. 

The firm’s areas of expertise covers all aspects of civil and commercial law in Sri Lanka including foreign investment, construction, labor and employment, banking, finance, admiralty, project finance, infrastructure, company and corporate law. The firm has consistently been ranked amongst the best law firms in Sri Lanka.

Labor and Employment Practice:

Our Sri Lankan team advise both local and foreign, employees and employers on employment law and industrial relations in Sri Lanka and facilitate  and advise on employment contracts; employment terms including pay and other benefits; superannuation and pension benefits; termination, redundancy, retrenchment and transfers; restructuring; individual and collective disputes; collective agreements, settlements and awards; industrial disputes - conciliation, arbitration, mediation, industrial courts and labor tribunals; trade unions and workmen’s compensation amongst many other areas.

The team advises multinational companies in diverse industries including: food and beverages, IT, travel, banking and finance to name but a few.

The Plus - Business Law Capacity: 

The firm practices in all business law practice areas and our Sri Lankan team represent companies both in Sri Lanka, South East Asia and across the globe on a variety of commercial and corporate law issues.

The firm advise on many aspects of corporate and commercial law including: incorporations and company secretarial services; company law; corporate finance; corporate governance; public listings and de-listings; privatisation and corporate reconstructions; joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions; IPOs, debentures, bonds, derivatives, and other debt and equity products; due diligence investigations and liquidations.

In addition, the team has specialist knowledge of project finance and infrastructure projects, securitisation, admiralty, shipping and international trade, intellectual property, information technology, foreign investment, real estate, property and trusts, banking and finance, dispute resolution, insurance and tax among many others.

Our affiliate firm represents clients across a wide spectrum of industries.

Key Facts:

  • Locations: Colombo
  • Size: 7 Partners, 6 In House Counsel, 17 Associates
  • Business Law Practice Areas: Labor & Employment, Corporate and M&A, Project Finance and Infrastructure Projects, Securitisation, Admiralty, Shipping and International Trade, Intellectual Property, Information Technology, Foreign Investment, Real and Moveable Property and Trusts, Banking and Finance, Dispute Resolution, Insurance and Tax among many others.
  • Languages: English, Sinhala and Tamil


The Firm is listed in both the IFLR 1000 and the Legal 500