Joey Borensztajn AM has over 40 years’ experience in commercial and taxation law. He is a commercial lawyer with an extensive private client practice and has a deep knowledge of taxation, trusts, philanthropy and charitable giving, and estate and business succession planning.
“A very strategic expert in his field who understands the landscape and can find a way through it very efficiently, always recognising your needs as a client.”
Joey has a quiet, understated approach, which belies his very achievement-focused practice. He has an outstanding rapport with clients who seek him out for his vast commercial experience and skills in taxation law, including tax advice, planning, audit and dispute work. Joey’s commercial practice also involves structuring, business and company acquisitions and sales and joint ventures. He has been a partner of Arnold Bloch Leibler since 1991.
Joey is recognised as a notable practitioner for his expertise in charities and private wealth law by the prominent international guide to law firms, Chambers Asia Pacific. Sources say he "delivers his advice straight and crisp". He has also been listed as a recommended lawyer for tax in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific.
Arnold Bloch Leibler represents, a diverse group of charitable and not-for-profit organisations that are active in the cultural, health, welfare, religious, Indigenous and environmental sectors, and advises on all aspects of their establishment, access to available tax concessions and day-to-day operations. The firm is widely regarded as being one of the foremost law firms in relation to Private and Public Ancillary Funds – Joey and his team have helped the firm’s clients establish over 100 Australian Tax Office (ATO) approved Private and Public Ancillary Funds.
As part of the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, Joey was appointed as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM). He was recognised for significant service to the community through a diverse group of charitable and not-for-profit organisations. The Order of Australia is the pre-eminent means by which Australia recognises the outstanding and meritorious service of its citizens.
- commercial and corporate law, including acquisitions, sales, joint ventures and governance issues and corporate and trust structuring and restructuring;
- taxation, stamp duty and land tax issues;
- strategic planning and the structuring and implementation of appropriate business and investment vehicles, including trusts and advising on and documenting shareholder, unitholder and joint venture agreements;
- private clients, estate, tax and trusts planning;
- business succession planning, including asset and business succession and control, succession documentation for trusts and companies, and family and governance agreements and constitutions; and
- philanthropy and charitable giving, including establishment of special purpose philanthropic entities and private and public ancillary funds (PAFs).
Directorships & memberships
Joey is a member of the the Not-for-profit Stewardship Group for the Australian Taxation Office.
Joey has a strong commitment to the Jewish community, which is reflected in the public positions he holds, including President of the Australian Friends of Yad Vashem Inc., life member of the executive of the Mount Scopus Memorial College Foundation.
He is also a director of the Jewish Holocaust Centre Foundation Limited and Access Foundation Limited and acts as the trustee of a number of client Private and Public Ancillary Funds.
Joey is also a director of Collingwood Football Club Foundation Limited and is a director of AeRIES (Australian Academy Robotic Innovation Education Simulation Limited).
Joey has acted for private family groups, high-net-worth individuals and corporations in a range of corporate and taxation matters, including:
- high-net-worth families: in relation to estate planning and business succession;
- various clients: in relation to ATO tax audits, including advising on, negotiating and settling large cases and high wealth audits;
- educational and charitable organisations: in relation to taxation, structuring and other corporate advice, with a significant proportion of advice given on a pro bono basis;
- various clients: in relation to tax structuring and planning advice, including obtaining private rulings on proposed transactions from the ATO and effective structuring of transactions to minimise adverse tax consequences;
- tax deductible and other charitable foundations: in relation to the establishment of a significant number of PAFs and other charitable giving vehicles; and
- commercial property owners: in relation to enquiries by the State Revenue Office aimed at the grouping or aggregation of client entities or the application of various land tax exemptions and the land rich provisions for land tax purposes.