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.



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 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
PLC Which Lawyer?

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

Insights Read more insight

Public Investment Funds 2019

The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Public Investment Funds 2019

Changes to the FFSP regime

On 1 June 2018, ASIC released Consultation Paper 301 in connection with the Australian financial services (AFS) licensing exemptions applicable to foreign financial service providers (FFSP...

Corporate Collective Investment Vehicles – initial consultations completed

The target is within sight for the draft Corporate Collective Investment Vehicle (CCIV) legislation to be finalised.