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Neelakandan & Neelakandan
(Formally Murugesu & Neelakandan) Colombo, Sri Lanka Office Profile


Neelakandan & Neelakandan
(Formally Murugesu & Neelakandan)
Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Neelakandan & Neelakandan (formally Murugesu & Neelakandan) is one of the leading law firms in Sri Lanka, celebrating 50 Years of Practice. The Firm was founded in 1962 by the late Mr. Velupillai Murugesu. Mr. Kandiah Neelakandan, Ms. Sashidevi Neelakandan and Mr. Saravanan Neelakandan are the current Partners of the Firm. Ms. Sivananthavalli ThuraiRaja and Mr. Murugesu Kiritharan act as Consultants to the Firm.

In addition to the four Partners, and the Consultant there are ten other fully qualified Associates, all of whom are also Attorneys-at-Law and Notaries Public.

The Firm is recognised as one of the most efficient and professional law firms in Sri Lanka and has been satisfying its foreign and local clients with its dynamic approach and high calibre expertise. During almost half a century, the Firm has built a reputation for meeting its clients' needs without compromising ethics, integrity and professionalism.

The firm is a member of the International Business Law Consortium of the Centre for International Legal Studies and also a member of the GLOBALAW, and the International Law Group. The individual Partners are members of several organisations including IBA, APAA, ITMA, APLA, INTA and LAWASIA as more fully set out in their individual profiles.

The firm is the Sri Lanka Correspondent for the Euromoney's annual publication - Banking and the Law as a supplement to Dow Jones Telerate Bank Register and also for the International Financial Law Review's annual publication - Banking Year Book.

The Firm was involved in almost all the leading power projects in Sri Lanka. The Firm acted for the senior lenders IFC, CDC and DEG in the Asia Power Project. The Firm acted for the syndicate of six banks which financed two power projects of Aitken Spence. The Firm also advises the 168 MW power project, of AES Kelanitissa

The Firm is acting for a number of leading banks in Colombo in various matters related to banking, including American Express Bank, Citi Bank NA, Habib Bank AG Zurich, Indian Overseas Bank, Mashreq Bank PLC, Hatton National Bank. It acted for Emirates Bank International when it divested its interests in its Colombo branch to the Hatton National Bank.

The Firm advised Nations Trust Bank which took over the business of Overseas Trust Bank branch in Colombo. The Firm's services were also sought by Standard Chartered Bank in its integration of Standard Grindlays Bank and Standard Chartered Bank in Colombo. The Firm advised the American Express Bank on its divesting of its commercial banking and foreign exchange services to Nations Trust Bank.

The Firm advises LankaClear, the National Cheque Clearing House.

The Firm advises Allianz Insurance Lanka Limited and also advised Allianz SE on the formation of its life insurance company, Allianz Life Insurance Lanka Limited.

The Firm advised Next PLC in its global restructuring of its business including the takeover of NV Manufacturing Limited. The Firm recently advised Debenhams PLC in connection with franchising arrangements in Sri Lanka.

The Firm is advising a foreign client which is constructing a five star hotel in Colombo and is also advising various clients on tourism hotel projects throughout the country.

The Firm advises clients on large scale infrastructure projects including two foreign contractors of the Southern Transport Development Project.

The Firm is also acting for various clients in arbitration involving various issues relating to Construction, Shipping and other commercial matters.

The Firm has garnered a reputation as one of the foremost IP practices in Sri Lanka, continuing to handle a large volume of trade mark, industrial design and patent applications for a number of local as well as foreign clients, including Rolls Royce, Google, Hilton, Audi, Hyundai, Debenhams, Research In Motion (Blackberry), TVS India, Abercrombie & Fitch, Visa International, Cargill Ink, Akzo Nobel NV, Kraft Foods and Levi Strauss Singer.

The Firm also acts as correspondent for Davies Collision Cave and Spruson & Ferguson (both of Australia), Stevens Hewlett and Perkins, D Young & Co, RGC Jenkins & Co, JA Kemp & Co, CPA Global, Arnold & Porter LLP, (all of United Kindom), Bird & Bird LLP, Cohauzs & Florack (both of Germany) Colucci & Umans (USA), Saba & Co (Lebanon), DP Ahuja & Co, LS Davar & Co, Robinson Black & Ghosh (all of India), United Trademark & Patent Services (Pakistan), Kimura Sasaki & Partners and Wenping & Co (both of Japan), Hogan Lovells International (China), Park Kim (Korea) and Tan Lee (Singapore), Marks & Clerk and Philip Morris Asia Limited (Both of Hong Kong).

The Firm subscribes to and is listed in several International Law Directories, including Martindale Hubbell International Law Directory, the American Bank Attorneys, The Lawyers' List, and International Consultants; The Law Society's Directory of Solicitors and Barristers, Globalaw; International Business Consortium; The International Financial Law Review; International Directory of IP Law Firms; APAA, the Asia Pacific Legal 500, the IFLR 1000 and the Asialaw Profiles (These listing are available online and copies could be made available at request).

Our Associate Establishment, EM & EN AGENTS & SECRETARIES (PRIVATE) LIMITED functions as Corporate Secretaries to a number of Companies, and all four partners of the Firm are Directors of that Secretarial Firm.


Statement of Practice Summary:
Admiralty and Shipping, Arbitration, Banking, Civil Litigation, Company and Commercial Law, Conveyancing, Debt Collection, Foreign Investment, Intellectual Property and Insurance, Privatization, Project Finance, Syndicate Loans.


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