Natalie Bell

Natalie Bell 

Partner | Cayman | BVI

Financial Services and Regulatory

  • We would very much recommend her, and we will continue having her as our legal counsel.
    Legal 500 2024
  • Natalie is friendly, knows her work and is pleasant to work with. Not only professionally very capable but also fun and easily approachable which I believe makes a difference in this industry.
    Legal 500 2022
  • Extremely professional and has excellent response times. She is extremely commercial in her approach to the client’s requirements and needs.
    Legal 500 2024
  • She stays connected with the market and always shares valuable insights and contacts; we appreciate her commercial and client-focused approach to legal matters.
    Legal 500 2022
  • Experienced adviser.
    Legal 500
  • Extremely knowledgeable, responsive and great to work with.
    Chambers Global 2024
  • She is friendly, knows her job and is pleasant to work with. She is not only professionally very capable but also easily approachable.
    Chambers Global Guide 2022
  • Based in the Cayman office, she is increasingly highlighted as a go-to figure in this space.
    Chambers Global Guide 2022
  • Natalie's advice across corporate and fund services is exemplary.
    Chambers Global 2024
  • She is extremely well prepared and has been crucial in finding creative ways to resolve complex requirements and meeting extremely tight deadlines.
    Legal 500 2024
  • Clever lawyer with an in-depth knowledge of Cayman regulations.
    Legal 500 2024
  • Diligent, open minded and creative when addressing our out of the box requirements and concerns,
    Legal 500 2024
  • She is an excellent lawyer and a pleasure to do business with. She is responsive and always keeps the client's objectives front of mind.
    Chambers Global Guide 2022
  • An excellent lawyer, technically strong and a problem solver.
    Chambers Global 2024
  • Natalie is known as a leading lawyer in her field.
    Legal 500 2022
  • Natalie is our primary contact at Collas Crill. Natalie is an excellent lawyer and a pleasure to do business with.
    Legal 500 2022

Overview

Natalie is a Partner in the Financial Services and Regulatory team and is based in Cayman. She advises on all aspects of Cayman corporate and commercial law including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate reorganisations.

"I love to take something that looks and sounds complicated and explain it simply."

Experience

Natalie specialises in advising investment funds, their managers and their onshore counsel on the structuring, formation, corporate governance and ongoing operational matters of Cayman and BVI investment funds. She also advises financial services clients on licensing, ongoing obligations, regulatory reporting anti-money laundering and automatic exchange of information laws.

Background

Natalie joined Collas Crill having previously worked in the investment funds and regulatory team at another leading offshore firm in both the Cayman and BVI offices. Prior to this, she worked for Travers Smith and Eversheds (now Eversheds Sutherland) in the UK.

Natalie is ranked as a Next Generation Partner in Legal 500 2024 and as Up and Coming in Chambers & Partner.

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My services
Corporate advisory
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Successfully navigating the modern global business environment, taking advantage of opportunities as they arise while avoiding legal and regulatory pitfalls, is a challenge for any entrepreneur, business or corporation.

As commercially minded lawyers committed to providing a high quality and cost-effective service we understand those challenges and, more importantly, seek to turn them into opportunities.

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Corporate reorganisations
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Our team has deep experience in complex, multi-jurisdictional corporate reorganisations and reconstructions.

Whether leading the project, or working as part of an integrated team with co-ordinating onshore counsel, we can assist with the variety of debt and equity restructuring processes and procedures available in our Collas Crill jurisdictions; from mergers and acquisitions, to migrations and redomiciliation, to schemes of arrangement and the more innovative and flexible solutions our jurisdictions are known for.  

With our mix of non-contentious and litigation restructuring specialists, Collas Crill offers the unique advantage of having being able to provide a team to seamlessly take a transaction from start to finish. 

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Data protection
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Data is the most valuable asset for many of our clients and data protection is a growing facet of offshore business. We have advised a number of institutional clients on their commercial obligations in terms of data security and data protection and regularly provide advice on contract terms in this difficult area. We also have significant experience in using the full range of legal remedies available to obtain access to data and information held, and so are ideally placed to advise clients on either side of the data protection equation.

Funds
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Our fund specialists offer advice on all aspects relating to the establishment, authorisation and structuring of funds and related investment vehicles. We have particular expertise acting for emerging managers who are building their business and acting for institutional investors, including acting for private equity funds and sovereign wealth funds on joint venture and fund investments, as well as planning their internal corporate structures. We provide a highly personalised service working with our clients and their onshore counsel to build strong relationships over the long term.

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Investment fund formation
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Our uniquely diverse practice regularly assists with the establishment of both open and closed-ended fund structures. In addition to traditional Channel Island private equity and real estate structures and Caribbean hedge funds, we have advised on a number of alternative and esoteric classes. We work alongside our clients to understand their investment thesis and provide bespoke drafting to build the fund they want as opposed to generic template structures and documentation. We advise clients at every step of the process, including preparing offer documents, investor negotiations, the preparation of agreements, and in the closing of transactions.

Regulatory
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Our multi-disciplinary approach to providing risk and regulatory consultancy services ensures that every aspect of our clients' business is covered. By drawing on the skills and experience of a highly experienced team of lawyers with expertise from across the firm, we are able to deal with all legal compliance issues that could affect your business, whether contentious or non-contentious. The assistance we are able to provide ranges from strategic matters to specific operational issues.

Collas Crill's market-leading fraud, financial and white collar crime practice sits within our regulatory practice. Uniquely offering a mix of both civil and criminal fraud litigation experience, from internal investigations, to injunctions, to defence and enforcement, the team can lead clients through the most challenging of circumstances.

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Specific regulatory compliance
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Regulation proliferates in all aspects of corporate life these days. We have proven subject matter expertise in specific regulatory fields.

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18 Mar 2024

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