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Arthur Bell expands to Ireland

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Opalesque Industry Update - Arthur Bell CPAs, a leading professional services firm dedicated to servicing the alternative investment industry, announced today that it has formed Arthur Bell Limited based in Ireland to better serve its international clients. This expansion follows the opening of an Arthur Bell office in Midtown Manhattan, the nexus of New York’s alternative investment industry, just four months ago in May 2015. The formation of Arthur Bell Limited represents a commitment to its clients to deliver more comprehensive service offerings on a global scale.

Arthur F. Bell, Jr., Managing Member of Arthur Bell CPAs, said, “We are thrilled to establish a presence in Ireland, one of the leading fund domiciles and fund administration centers in the world. In today’s competitive environment, our clients are looking for more ways to raise capital. By creating investment vehicles in Ireland and other international jurisdictions, clients can more easily attract investors around the globe, and now Arthur Bell Limited can service those clients with entities domiciled in Ireland and other areas throughout Europe, including The Netherlands and Malta, along with Singapore.”

Arthur Bell Limited will be managed by Michael Minehane, Partner, who said, “This is an exciting development in the growth of Arthur Bell and reflects the increasing demand for audit expertise and quality services by managers across the global funds industry. Arthur Bell Limited will be focused on auditing investment funds domiciled and administered in Ireland, as well as entities such as Section 110 entities and other special purpose vehicles used by funds across different asset classes.”

Ireland is supported by the regulation and stability of the European Union and offers an advantageous tax climate for alternative investments. The only English speaking country in the Eurozone, Ireland is currently the preeminent domicile of choice for investment funds. Over 8oo fund managers from 55 countries have assets administered in Ireland. 21 of the top 25 global asset managers have Irish domiciled assets[1]. Assets under administration in Ireland exceed €3.8 trillion including assets of €1.8 trillion in Irish domiciled funds and structures. The funds industry in Ireland continues to grow and develop as the primary location for managers seeking to expand the international distribution of their products.

“The move to Ireland is a natural progression for Arthur Bell CPAs since the firm has served clients globally for more than 40 years,” said Corey McLaughlin, Member at Arthur Bell CPAs. “Now we can extend our focus to support international fund structures such as UCITS, QIAIFs, Section 110 entities, and securitized vehicles. We expect ICAVs to be of significant interest to clients also. We are confident that our ability to provide superior services combined with our approach to client collaboration and an increased presence in Ireland will present beneficial opportunities for our clients and the firm.

Arthur Bell Limited reaches Ireland and other areas throughout Europe, Singapore, and Hong Kong, extending the Arthur Bell network beyond its existing footprint in the United States, Cayman Islands, United Kingdom, Bermuda, Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, and Mauritius.

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