Our History

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People often ask how a CPA and advisory firm focused on the alternative investment industry got its start in Baltimore. What people don’t realize is the Baltimore/DC region is home to a unique investment community that, similar to Arthur Bell, has grown over the years to include more private equity, venture capital, hedge funds, and commodity pools. Now we are fortunate to also have Arthur Bell locations in New York, Grand Cayman, and Ireland.

In the 1970s, Arthur F. Bell Jr., the company’s namesake, was the chief financial officer for Kirk Silver, a prominent silver manufacturing company. Art quickly established the successful hedging activities of the company, and as a result the company generated more income from trading than manufacturing. Then Art began to consult on various accounting matters dealing with commodities as he went out on his own to work with some of the earliest commodity trading advisors (CTAs) and commodity pool operators (CPOs). As the industry became more structured, Art became involved with the formation of the Managed Funds Association, the industry’s leading trade organization, and he worked with the government in the formation of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and later with the National Futures Association.

Over the years our firm’s services and leadership have progressed simultaneously with the alternative investment industry. Arthur Bell now provides tax, audit, performance reporting, accounting, and business advisory services for CTAs, CPOs, hedge funds, funds of funds, private equity, investment advisers, principals, family offices, and investors. In addition, we have a family office services practice supporting the sophisticated needs of high net worth families. Also, starting in July 2016, Art assumed the role of Chairman, and actively works on key client matters and business development initiatives. Corey McLaughlin, who has been with Arthur Bell since 1998, is now Managing Member, responsible for the firm’s vision and strategy that will continue its strategic growth and innovation into the future.

As the industry continues to evolve, so does our Firm, along with the services that we offer. When our clients grow, we are proud to increase the depth of our services and knowledge to serve them. Our reputation of trusted industry experience and our spirit of flexibility is what truly sets Arthur Bell CPAs apart within the alternative investment industry.