Abigail Bell


Abigail Bell


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


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.

Ms. Bell is recognised as a leading lawyer for hedge funds by Chambers UK 2020 which notes that she has expert understanding of the formation of hedge funds, including offshore funds. Clients noted that she is "knowledgeable, personable and presents difficult transactions and documentation in an easy to understand manner."  

The Legal 500 UK, 2020 edition for hedge funds and derivatives notes that she handles a range of work concerning new managers spinning out of leading investment companies with clients noting that she “is super experienced” with “good responsiveness and good product knowledge”. She is also recommended in The Legal 500 UK, 2015 - 2017 editions with clients noting that she "cuts through the rubbish and focuses on key points." and that she is "noteworthy for her efficiency and unrelenting commitment to clients".

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 three years. 

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
  • Key Considerations for Fund Managers - Dechert LLP, COVID-19 Coronavirus Business Impact Webinar (April 16, 2020)
  • Preparing for Investor Due Diligence - London (October, 2019) 
  • Key Legal Issues for Investment Managers: An Update - London (October, 2019)
  • Private Funds Nuts & Bolts: Hybrid Fund Structures - The Convergence of Hedge and Private Equity - Webinar (October, 2019)
  • Structuring Your Next Hedge Fund Product - Market Trends and Considerations - London (September, 2019)
  • AIMA July Fund Manager Briefing - Structuring Limited Liquidity Funds: The Convergence of Hedge and Private Equity - London (July, 2019)
  • Derivatives Update: Key EU and U.S. Considerations - Webinar (July, 2019)
  • Updating Your Compliance Calendar for 2019: U.S. Regulatory Priorities for 2019 - London (January, 2019)
  • Updating Your Compliance Calendar for 2019: Key Corporate and Regulatory Requirements Affecting U.K. Fund Managers for 2019 - London (January, 2019)
  • Fund Structuring, Fundraising and Distribution in a Post-Brexit World, Brexit for Fund Managers Seminar Series - London (September, 2018)
  • Hedge Fund Business Forum - London (May, 2018)
  • Structuring your Next Hedge Fund Product - London (March, 2018)
  • Setting up an AIFM or an EuVECA Manager in Luxembourg - London (May, 2017)
  • Hedge Funds Nuts & Bolts: Global Derivatives Market Update - Webinar (April, 2017)
  • Bond Fund Litigation Seminar - London (November, 2016)
  • Structuring Your Next Hedge Fund Product and Negotiating Seed Deals - London (November, 2016)
  • Marketing Funds in Europe: Understanding the Opportunities and Challenges for Investment Funds - Boston (October, 2016)
  • ERISA Investors - The Nuts and Bolts for Funds - London (June, 2016)
  • E.U. Cross Border Derivatives Regulation: An update for Asian Managers - Hong Kong (June, 2016)
  • Developments in Global Commodities and Derivatives Regulation - Philadelphia (March, 2016)
  • The Impact of Brexit on the UK Financial Sector - London (March, 2016)
  • AIMA's New Illustrative Questionnaires for the Due Diligence of Individual Hedge Fund Directors and Hedge Fund Boards of Directors - London (March, 2016)