Michael was born in 1961 in Consett, County Durham, England. His primary education was in the village schools in Leadgate near Consett and his secondary education was at Greencroft Comprehensive, Stanley, County Durham. In 1979 he enrolled on the undergraduate law programme at Newcastle Polytechnic (now Northumbria University) graduating with first class honours. In 1983 he enrolled as a PhD student at Newcastle Polytechnic, obtaining a major state studentship awarded on a competitive basis by the British Academy, whilst commencing lecturing duties on a part time basis. On obtaining a full time lecturing post in 1986 he transferred his PhD to a part time registration and was awarded a PhD in 1991, being promoted to senior lecturer in the same year.
His teaching initially covered a range of subject areas but he began to specialise in evidence in 1986 and for many years this has been his sole teaching area. He currently teaches evidence to MLaw and LL.M students and supervises several PhD students whose research is in the field of criminal evidence.
He has performed a variety of administrative roles (relating to areas such as examinations, IT, and physical resources), was promoted to Principal Lecturer in 2008 and is currently “research champion” in the Law School. He is also Director of the University’s Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies, which has a wide range of domestic and international members, both academics and practitioners from various areas of the domestic and international criminal justice system.
He has published extensively on evidence in a variety of journals and is currently contributing editor (evidence) in Archbold Magistrates Courts Practice, a leading practitioner text.
He is currently Principal Investigator responsible for a major research project relating to fingerprint evidence which is funded by the European Commission and a co-investigator in relation to a European Commission funded project relating to DNA evidence. He is also engaged with Rebecca Mitchell in a research project concerning legal professional privilege in the corporate context.Qualifications Research Themes and Scholarly Interests Current/Recent Projects Key Publications Latest News and Features
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Michael A. Asaro focuses on white-collar criminal defense, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) investigations, corporate internal investigations and complex commercial litigation.Practice & Background
Mr. Asaro routinely represents companies and individuals high-stakes white collar and regulatory investigations and litigations. He has extensive experience in matters involving insider trading, market manipulation, accounting irregularities, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and investment advisor and broker-dealer regulation. Prior to joining Akin Gump, Mr. Asaro served for five years as a federal prosecutor and four years as an enforcement attorney at the SEC.
Mr. Asaro is a former assistant U.S. attorney from the Eastern District of New York. He served there as deputy chief of the Business and Securities Fraud Section during a period when the office prosecuted numerous complex and high-profile securities fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, bribery and money laundering cases. In addition to his supervisory duties, Mr. Asaro was the lead prosecutor responsible for several such matters, including a trial that ended in the convictions of the ringleaders of a $20 million “boiler room” scheme, a groundbreaking insider trading prosecution of a managing director of an international investment bank who short-sold stock in advance of PIPE announcements and a wide-ranging investigation of bribery and self-dealing in the “stock loan” industry that resulted in indictments and guilty pleas of approximately 30 defendants.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Asaro served as a branch chief in the SEC’s New York office, where he supervised staff attorneys working on a wide variety of regulatory investigations and enforcement actions. He was the lead counsel for many of these investigations, including a market manipulation investigation that resulted in fraud charges against a billion-dollar mutual fund and a financial fraud investigation that resulted in a settled regulatory action against a major health insurance company. Also during his tenure at the SEC, Mr. Asaro was appointed as a special assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he was part of the trial team that successfully prosecuted the former CEO of a publicly traded company who orchestrated a multimillion-dollar “pump and dump” securities fraud scheme.
Mr. Asaro received his B.S. from Boston University. He earned his J.D. magna cum laude from Brooklyn Law School, where he served as the editor-in-chief of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law .Representative Matters
Mr. Asaro’s recent representations include:
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