Derek La Ferla

Derek La Ferla

Derek La Ferla has 30 years’ experience working in corporate and commercial law. His breadth of experience includes mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings, private equity, ASX listings, asset sales and purchase, due diligence and corporate governance.  

Derek is also an experienced company director and is currently chairman of ASX listed companies Sandfire Resources NL and Threat Protect Australia Limited and deputy chairman of BNK Banking Corporation Ltd. Derek is also on the national board of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of its WA Council.

As a partner in the Corporate Services team, Derek provides strategic-legal advice to Lavan’s corporate clients and is a client relationship partner to a number of key clients. 

Derek’s extensive combined experience as a corporate lawyer and company director makes him an invaluable source of advice for Lavan’s clients. 

Derek brings a strong corporate perspective to balancing our clients' commercial and legal risk management needs.    

He has worked on some of the State’s more notable capital market and private equity transactions including the Initial Public Offering (IPO) and ASX listing of Automotive Holdings Group, Navitas Ltd and Southern Cross Electrical Ltd among others. He has also been directly involved in the private equity investment transactions and subsequent IPOs of NRW Holdings Ltd and Nomad Building Solutions Ltd.

Direct  +61 8 9288 6928
Mobile  0412 169 750
Fax  +61 8 9288 6001

Banking and Finance
Corporate Crime and Investigations
Corporate Services
Cyber and Data Protection
Mining & Resources


Corporate advisory
Commercial transactions
Mining and resources
Board advice and corporate governance
Private equity
Equity capital markets


Bachelor of Laws
University of Western Australia (1984)

Bachelor of Jurisprudence
University of Western Australia (1983)

Bachelor of Arts
University of Western Australia (1980)


Supreme Court of Western Australia (1984)


The Best Lawyers™ in Australia in Mergers and Acquisitions Law 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022


Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors

Law Society of WA

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