Linfan (Derek) Zha

Linfan (Derek) Zha

Minneapolis, MN

About Derek

Derek Zha is an associate in Stoel Rives’ Corporate group. He counsels clients on mergers and acquisitions, project finance, corporate governance, and pre-merger antitrust regulatory compliance.

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  • 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.
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Honors & Activities


  • Recipient, Stoel Rives LLP Andrew Guy Pro Bono Award, 2022

Professional Activities

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

Civic Activities

  • Mentor and Representative, Emerging Leaders Group, Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, 2021–present
  • Executive Board Member, UMN Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, 2019–2020
  • Volunteer Attorney, LegalCORPS
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Insights & Presentations

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

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