Nikki Bentley - Henry Davis York

Nikki Bentley


61 2 9947 6245

61 422 004 806

Nikki is a leading investment funds advisor specialising in financial services and corporate law.  She specialises in business establishment and structuring, fund establishment, funds merger and acquisition, product disclosure and distribution. Nikki leads the HDY Investments team. 


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Nikki provides advice to leading Australian and global fund managers on a full range of corporate, commercial and regulatory issues facing their businesses.  She has considerable experience in assisting clients with fund establishment (onshore and offshore), disclosure and distribution.  Nikki regularly advises clients on establishing, buying, selling and restructuring their businesses.

With more than 15 years funds management experience in private practice, government and as an in-house lawyer, Nikki's practice spans the range of funds management products, with particular expertise in hedge funds, property funds and equities.

Nikki is regularly involved in industry and government discussions on regulatory reforms impacting the Australian funds management industry.  She is the Honorary Legal Counsel and Chair of the Regulatory Committee for the Australian branch of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) and is a regular participant on the Financial Services Council (FSC) working groups.




Nikki's recent experience

  • Centuria Property Funds Limited

    Advised Centuria Property Funds Limited (as responsible entity of the Centuria Metropolitan REIT No. 1 and Centuria Metropolitan REIT No.2 (together CMA) on the offer of stapled securities in CMA and listing of CMA on the Australian Securities Exchange.  The offer consisted of an institutional offer, broker firm offer and a priority offer and raised approximately $114.3m.

  • Global Assset Manager

    Advised a global asset manager in relation to the purchase of an Asia-Pacific property funds platform in relation to the Australian assets.  This included assisting on the due diligence of the Australian domiciled funds, advising on Australian regulatory, employment and tax issues and advised on the principal sale and transfer documentation.

  • Henderson Global Investors (Australia)

    Acted for Henderson in its acquisition of H3 Global Advisers from Ascalon Capital Managers and the team lift-out of the H3 portfolio managers. We also acted on the H3 integration of staff and funds including the change of responsible entity of a registered scheme from Ascalon to Henderson Global Investors.

  • Henderson Global Investors (Australia)

    Assisted Henderson on the establishment of its Australian Operation including advising on licensing, structuring and assisting with the launch of Australian domiciled funds.

  • Global Fund Manager

    Advised a global fund manager on its appointment to manage a $680 million mandate by a Sovereign Wealth Fund.  We advised on structuring, documentation and assisted with negotiations.

Nikki Bentley continues to be considered one of Australia's best investment funds lawyers. According to one source, she is "practical, reliable, hands-on and to the point. An expert in her field.

Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2015

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