AI Issue 11 2017

Acquisition International - November 2017 25 Julius & Creasy is one of the oldest and largest civil law firms in Sri Lanka. We profile the firm as we explore the secrets behind its success, such as being featured in the 2017 Global Excellence Awards and as the Best in IP Law 2017 – Sri Lanka. ounded in 1879, Julius & Creasy extends to every facet of civil law practice, allowing it to represent a variety of local and foreign organisations involved in every major industry sector in Sri Lanka. Significantly, Julius & Creasy’s wealth of expertise and experience in a wide range of specialised fields of law enables it to offer innovative legal and business solutions to a diverse, sophisticated and high-profile clientele. The firm comprises of over 60 lawyers with excellent academic and practice backgrounds, with some of them being members of the Bar of England and Wales and New York Bar. Julius & Creasy’s outstanding reputation for professionalism and excellence has allowed it to build an extensive client base of multinational companies, banks, financial institutions, public and private sector enterprises and traditional private clientele. Major cross-border assignments for international institutions such as the World Bank, Asia Development Bank and IMF have added to the firm’s extensive experience and expanded its global reach. Highlighting its versatility, the firm’s areas of practice include Admiralty and maritime, administrative and constitutional, banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and commercial, dispute resolution, infrastructure projects and project finance, Islamic finance, mergers and acquisitions, telecommunications, IT, insurance, intellectual property, labour and employment, litigation, property and construction, private clients, probate and trusts, and taxation. Embedded in the company culture are the company’s values, and the team ensure that all staff within the firm conform to these values. True to the principles adhered to by its founding partners, Julius & Creasy continues to assist the community in contributing towards its social and economic development by readily providing assistance and resources to deserving causes, which is another factor that differentiates the firm from other competitors. With each member of staff at the firm specialising in their own expert area, employees are grouped into specialist departments, enabling them to provide a full range of legal services. In this way, expertise in the relevant practice areas is consolidated and expanded. The specialization of technical and legal skills enables its experienced lawyers to innovate solutions for niche-within-niche, keeping them up to date with any developments upcoming within the Company: Julius & Creasy Contact: Anomi Wanigasekera Contact Email: Address: No. 41, Janadhipathi Mawatha, Colombo 01, Sri Lanka Phone: 0094 11 2422601 Website: A Reputation for Excellence F 1710AI23 industry, establishing themselves as a leader in the legal sector. Crucial to its success, the teamaim to provide creative, yet practical advice with a business oriented, problem- solving approach tailored to meet the specific needs and businesses of each client. Each client is made to feel special, and have the feeling that their case is being personally taken care of by the firm. Importantly, within the organisation, there is a determination and commitment to providing high quality legal services, built upon a foundation of the highest ethical standards and integrity laid by the founding partners, teamwork and a process of continuous learning and improvement constitute important facets of its work culture. Taking on a variety of staff with diverse experiences, the team nurtures the best talent and allows outstanding individuals to thrive, whilst encouraging teamwork. Deeply aware of its social responsibilities, Julius & Creasy has been fulfilling its obligations to the community it serves in several ways. Improving access to justice for those less privileged is one such way. It established a practice of offering its professional services gratis to several interest groups, societies and associations which are engaged in serving marginalized groups and/or dedicated to a specific cause. Adding to its pro-bono work, various charitable trusts and other charities, Julius & Creasy believes that by encouraging legal ethics and promoting education, it can harness its legal resources to help address social and thereby national issues. Ultimately, Julius & Creasy is not an ordinary law firm. It deals with an assortment of services, and the firm created trusts and other charitable entities for countless corporate bodies and banks, in order to facilitate their relief efforts in the aftermath of the tsunami. By providing its professional services free of charge, the firm played a pivotal role in establishing the requisite legal framework to aid those in need, in an efficient and timely manner. For example, in the past, the firm has, on a pro-bono basis, assisted various NGOs involved in humanitarian work to register and establish themselves in Sri Lanka. Many of the partners, associates and other staff members of the firm serve and assist in an advisory capacity on boards and committees of management administering charitable activities, in keeping with the firm’s philosophy of reaching out and contributing towards social welfare.