Derek Zha counsels clients on mergers and acquisitions, project finance, corporate governance, and pre-merger antitrust regulatory compliance.


University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., 2020; Managing Editor, Minnesota Journal of International Law

Washington University School of Law, LL.M., 2014

East China University of Political Science and Law, Shanghai, China, LL.B.



New York



  • Representation of parties to various tax equity and debt financing transactions in domestic wind and solar energy generating assets under development across dozens of states. 
  • Representation of buyers and sellers in the acquisition, development, and sale of solar energy generation projects throughout the U.S. 
  • Advising regarding DIF Capital Partner’s acquisition of a majority interest of Green Street Power Partners, a developer, financier, owner, and operator of over 300 MW of distributed generation solar projects in the U.S. 
  • Representation of a leading manufacturer and distributor of millwork solutions in its strategic acquisition of substantially all assets of a premier two-step distributor of moulding, millwork, and door products across the Southwest U.S. 
  • Representation of Hardwoods Distribution Inc. (TSX: HDI) in its acquisition of a leading U.S. distributor of architectural grade building products. 
  • Representation of a private equity firm in its control equity investment in a U.S. market-leading manufacturer of wild bird feed with a national footprint. 
  • Counsel to Lithia Motors, Inc. (NYSE: LAD) in its acquisitions and sales of automobile dealerships. 
  • Counsel to companies in filings to the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission for antitrust review of mergers and acquisitions under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act.


Insights & Presentations

  • “The Wall on Trade: Reconsidering the Boundary of National Security under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962,” 29 MINN. J. INT’L L. 229


Stoel Rives LLP Andrew Guy Pro Bono Award Recipient, 2022



  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member


  • Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, Emerging Leaders Group, Mentor and Representative, 2021–present
  • UMN Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, former Executive Board Member
  • LegalCORPS, Volunteer Attorney
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