Austin Bell Partner

Meet Austin

Austin is a corporate and financial services lawyer specialising in investment funds and hedge funds.

He helps domestic and international fund managers to understand and navigate all aspects of the Australian regulatory regime including establishing and restructuring investment vehicles, Australian financial services licensing, disclosure obligations and negotiating contracts.

Austin is ranked in Chambers Asia-Pacific as a Band 1 Investment Funds lawyer who can "balance the law with the commercial aspects and tailor his advice to the realities." He was nominated by in-house counsel and peers to appear in the Experts Guide: Guide to the World's Leading Investment Funds Lawyers as an outstanding practitioner in this field.

Experience

General

Ausbil Investment Management Ltd

Advising on a number of regulatory matters, including the preparation of a product disclosure statement for the Emerging Leaders Fund.

AllianceBernstein

Acting on the establishment and launch of AllianceBernstein’s registered funds for the retail market.

Macquarie

Acting for Macquarie Investment Management Ltd on the MBO sale of its private equity business.

US SEC registered investment advisers

Acting for a number of SEC registered investment advisers on obtaining the foreign financial services provider ASIC class order exemption from holding an Australian financial services licence.

Mason Stevens Ltd

Acting for Mason Stevens Ltd on the establishment and offers of its registered and unregistered funds.

Recognition

Ranked as a leading Investment Funds lawyer
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2019
Ranked as a leading Investment Funds Lawyer
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018
Widely respected, Austin Bell is in demand for being able to "balance the law with the commercial aspects and tailor his advice to the realities."
Chambers Asia-Pacific
Experts Guide: The World's Leading Investment Funds Lawyers
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Career & qualifications

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons), McGill University
  • Bachelor of Civil Law, McGill University

Memberships

  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • International Bar Association

International experience

  • Admitted to practise in Canada and New York

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Financial product advice - what was general is now personal

On 28 October 2019, the Full Court of the Federal Court published its judgment in Australian Securities and Investment Commission v Westpac Securities Administration Limited

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International Comparative Legal Guide: Alternative Investment Funds 2019

Partners Austin Bell and Andi Milidoni have written the Australian chapter for the International Comparative Legal Guide: Alternative Investment Funds 2019

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ASIC engages in further consultation on regulation of foreign investment advisers and other FFSPs

On 3 July 2019, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) issued the long-awaited Consultation Paper 315 (CP 315), setting out its proposals for the new regulatory regime for...

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