F. J. & G. de Saram, the oldest law firm in Sri Lanka, was founded by F. J. de Saram (Sr.) on May 13, 1841, and is now in its 175th year of practice. It is also one of the largest law firms in Sri Lanka, with 48 lawyers.
Leading international directories have described the firm as follows:
“F. J. & G. de Saram dominates the top-tier across all areas…the firm continues to work with high profile clients and is considered a traditional heavyweight for corporate commercial work.”
“…for many it is the first port of call for complex matters that require an innovative approach…” and “the team can’t be faulted in technical ability and knowledge of the law.”
“We chose them as they have the best quality,” “The lawyers understand both the local market and a business’ objectives…” and “they never let us down,” say satisfied clients adding that “It is this responsiveness, perceptiveness and quality, and their diligence that lead us to use them.”
“Clients and peers alike hold this ‘impeccable’ firm in the highest esteem for both its ‘upstanding conduct’ and deep roots in Sri Lankan legal practice.” “The team’s highly professional lawyers relish the challenge of complex commercial transactions.”
F. J. & G. de Saram is a full-service firm. The main areas of work of the firm are in: arbitration; aviation and shipping; banking; capital markets; corporate law; employment; finance; infrastructure projects; insurance; intellectual property; investments; litigation; real property; telecommunications; and trade.
The work of the firm is divided into different departments. The expertise and experience of each department is drawn upon to provide an integrated and responsive service to suit the specific needs of its clients.
An associate company of the firm, Corporate Services (Private) Limited, renders corporate secretarial services, services relating to trusts and other services. Another associate company of the firm, Efjay e Legal Limited provides a cross section of services that includes contract management, legal research and claim management. Efjay e Legal Limited also provides services for setting up and owning offshore entities in Sri Lanka and acts as an agent for the Sri Lanka Domain Registry by registering maintaining and renewing domain names.
The client base of the firm includes most of the largest local companies, the majority of the transnational corporations doing business in Sri Lanka, including several Fortune 500 companies, and multi-lateral organizations, such as the Asian Development Bank and the International Finance Corporation.