Abigail Bell


Abigail Bell


London | 160 Queen Victoria Street, London, UK EC4V 4QQ
+44 20 7184 7443 | +44 20 7184 7001

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Abigail Bell advises on the structuring, establishment and distribution of private funds including hedge, hybrid and private equity products, both regulated and unregulated, across a broad range of asset classes and domiciled in a range of onshore and offshore jurisdictions. Ms. Bell also advises on the negotiation of seed investments, post-launch acceleration capital transactions and revenue sharing arrangements. Ms. Bell has acted on the establishment of a number of asset management businesses and has assisted on the drafting and negotiation of a wide range of corporate documentation, including shareholders’ agreements, partnership agreements, limited liability partnership deeds and fund management and advisory agreements. 

Ms. Bell also advises investment funds on the use of derivatives, securities lending and repurchase arrangements, give-up arrangements, custody, brokerage and prime brokerage documentation and financing arrangements and associated regulatory requirements including advice on the impact of EMIR, SFTR, MiFID II, MiFIR and AIFMD.

In 2017, Ms. Bell was named as one of the 50 leading women in hedge funds by The Hedge Fund Journal. The biennial report recognizes women who are making an impact in the hedge funds industry and are shaping the future of the industry. Ms. Bell was recognised as a ‘Rising Star’ by Euromoney/Legal Media Group in their Expert Guides series for the past two years. Ms. Bell is also named in The Legal 500 UK, 2017 for investment funds which notes that she handles a range of work concerning new managers spinning out of leading investment companies. She is also recommended in The Legal 500 UK, 2016 with clients noting that she "cuts through the rubbish and focuses on key points." The 2015 edition of the guide states that she is a "rising star in the hedge funds space" and "noteworthy for her efficiency and unrelenting commitment to clients".

Ms. Bell speaks regularly at industry events and roundtables and is closely involved with a number of industry bodies including the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA). 

Ms. Bell joined Dechert on qualification in 2002. She worked in the firm’s financial services group for three years, including a secondment to Dechert’s Luxembourg office, before spending 18 months in the equity derivatives legal team in the London office of JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A. Ms. Bell returned to Dechert in March 2007.

  • Newcastle University, B.A., Law, 1999
  • Nottingham Law School, 2000
  • England and Wales
Speaking Engagements
  • Brexit for Fund Managers Seminar Series - Session One: Fund Structuring, Fundraising and Distribution in a Post-Brexit World — London (September 7, 2018) 
  • Hedge Fund Business Forum, Institute of Directors, London (May 15, 2018)
  • The Impact of Brexit on the UK Financial Sector — HSBC Prime Finance Breakfast Series, London (March 17, 2016)

Speaker, "The Impact of Brexit on the UK Financial Sector."

  • Domiciliation & Tax: Issues for Investors & Managers — The Changing Structure of Alternative Asset Management Conference, London (September 22, 2015)

Speaker, "Domiciliation & Tax: Issues for Investors and Managers." 

  • Emir: PTC Clearing and SEFs — HFMWeek Operational Leaders Summit, Hertfordshire (September 15, 2014)

Speaker, "Emir: PTC Clearing and SEFs" — a panel on trade reporting and how to effectively negotiate with counterparties for an ISDA.