Steve DeCosse focuses on public and private cross-border M&A and investments for strategics, trading houses, and private equity firms across a range of industries. His recent experience includes grain, robotics, food ingredients, 5G, offshore wind, oil and gas (O&G), transport and logistics, sensors, auto parts, and health care.
Steve is regularly recommended as a leading lawyer in Japan by independent guides to the legal profession including Chambers, The Legal 500, and the Japan edition of Best Lawyers in the fields of corporate and M&A. He is listed in the Hall of Fame for Japan: Corporate and M&A in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific. He is a member of the Association of International Energy Negotiators.
Steve is currently involved in an Asia-wide pro bono project focusing on human trafficking in six southeast Asian countries.
Insights in De-carbonization Mega-Strategies: Asian Offshore Wind and the Hydrogen Economy (A Word About Wind)
- September 2020
JOI (Japan Institute for Overseas Investment): U.S. Energy Trends, Opportunities, and Challenges in 2020／海外投融資情報財団：2020年の米国エネルギー最新動向：投資機会と課題
- February 2015
- July 2014
- January 2014
- January 2014
- November 2012
- July 2012
- April 2012
- University of Wisconsin-Madison (J.D.; Senior Articles Editor, International Law Journal); Princeton University (B.A.)
- Registered Foreign Lawyer in Japan (Daini Tokyo Bar Association) and California
Recommended as a leading M&A lawyer in Japan in Chambers Global, Chambers Asia-Pacific, and Legal 500 Asia Pacific, where clients say ‘his advice is practical and prompt’ and he ‘understands exactly what clients need’
Recognized in the Japan edition of Best Lawyers for Corporate and M&A (2020-2023)
Named as: an Acritas Star Lawyer (2021) and a Thomson Reuters Stand-out Lawyer (February 2022)
- English, Japanese (Japanese-Language Proficiency Test [JLPT] Level 1)