(London) Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP announced today that Alice Bell has joined its Financial Markets and Funds (FMF) group.

Bell started her legal career with Katten UK. After a decade away, she rejoins the firm with experience advising investment managers, funds, banks and other financial institutions on a variety of UK and EU regulatory matters including regulation affecting asset managers, such as MiFID II, the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD), and the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR).

"Alice brings exceptional legal skills and a pragmatic approach that will only deepen the industry-leading client services we are known to provide. We are very glad to have her back," said Katten Financial Markets and Funds Global Chair Lance Zinman.

"Our UK practice works seamlessly with our US team to provide customized advice that also is commercial in nature," he added. "This helps open global market opportunities for our clients, many of whom are among the world's largest and most successful financial market participants."

Bell's experience covers the full lifecycle of a fund, from structuring and authorization to fund documents, marketing materials and service provider contracts, and compliance policies and procedures. She has advised extensively on the international distribution of funds and the provision of cross-border services.

Bell also advises on perimeter guidance, the establishment of financial services businesses in the UK and related Financial Conduct Authority rules on marketing, trading, conduct and governance, delegation, and outsourcing. She joins the London team after the recent addition of Chris Harrison to the Capital Markets group there.

"We are thrilled to have Alice join us in London. Her strong background in fund formation as well as regulatory advice, and her time spent in-house give her the strong commercial viewpoint and deep understanding of clients' business needs which is exactly what we look for in our lawyers," said London managing partner Christopher Hitchins. "Alice's experience perfectly complements our existing FMF offerings in London and across the United States, where we are a long-established leader in the financial services industry."