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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 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.
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.
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.
Acting for Mason Stevens Ltd on the establishment and offers of its registered and unregistered funds.
Ranked as a leading Investment Funds lawyer
Austin Bell “has deep technical knowledge about Australian law regulating investment funds and is also very pragmatic and commercial in his approach."
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."
Experts Guide: The World's Leading Investment Funds Lawyers
Partners Austin Bell and Andi Milidoni have written the Australian chapter for the International Comparative Legal Guide: Public Investment Funds 2020.
On 10 March 2020, ASIC released its new regulatory framework for FFSPs providing financial services to Australian wholesale clients.
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