Austin Bell Partner

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 leading Investment Funds practitioner, with clients noting that he is a lawyer who can "balance the law with the commercial aspects and tailor his advice to the realities." He is also ranked in Best Lawyers under Funds Management and named as a leading individual in Financial Services Regulatory in The Legal 500. 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. In 2019, his contribution to policy development was recognised with an industry leadership award from the Financial Service Council. He is the author of the Australian chapters in the ICLG publications on Alternative Investment Funds and Public Offer Funds.



Ausbil Investment Management Ltd

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


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


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.


Ranked as a leading individual in financial services regulatory
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2021
Ranked as a leading investment funds lawyer
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2018-2021
Financial services partner of the year (finalist)
Lawyers Weekly, 2020
Recognised as a distinguished practitioner in investment funds
asialaw, 2021
Recognised is financial institutions and funds management
Best Lawyers, since 2021
Austin Bell “has deep technical knowledge about Australian law regulating investment funds and is also very pragmatic and commercial in his approach"
Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2020
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
Distinguished practitioner for investment funds
asiaLaw, 2020
The world's leading investment funds lawyers
PLC Which Lawyer?
Austin Bell provides “commercial, sensible and practical advice”
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2017

Career & qualifications


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


  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • International Bar Association

International experience

  • Admitted to practise in Canada and New York

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Treasury consults on Relief for Foreign Financial Service Providers

On 9 July 2021, the Department of the Treasury of the Australian Government released a consultation paper seeking industry feedback on options to extend regulatory relief to certain Foreign...

ASIC consults on the regulation of Litigation Funding Schemes

On 9 July 2021, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) issued Consultation Paper 345 – Litigation funding schemes: Guidance and relief (CP 345). CP 345 contains ASIC’s proposed...

ASIC consults on the ‘cornerstone’ of Australia’s financial services regulatory framework

On 22 April 2021, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) issued Consultation Paper 340: Breach reporting and related obligations (CP 340) which seeks industry submissions on...