Lawyer, businessman, company director, entrepreneur, arbitrator and mediator.
Over more than 4 decades Geoff has been advising business from sole proprietors to multi-nationals on their corporate and structural issues.
Firstly as a principal solicitor of the NSW Corporate Affairs Commission where he was responsible for regulation of public fund raising including Stock Exchange , Futures Exchange and un-listed raisings such as managed investment schemes. During this stage of Geoff’s career he was involved in advising on the documentation of over 200 investment schemes. He also did his fair share of white collar prosecution work and was involved with a number of high profile Special Investigations. Notable with another senior lawyer at the Commission he drafted the First Futures Markets Act.
For almost 30 years Geoff has been in private practice the range of his expertise and clientele you can see on our Services page.
As well as being a highly qualified and experienced lawyer Geoff brings to all his clients the experience of being not only a highly experienced company director with public company, banking and aged care experience but also an entrepreneur in his own right.
Geoff founded and ran in joint venture with the Seven Network one of the first multi-media companies. This company featured heavily on national TV. As Managing Director he took ,with other investors, a failed national service company turned it around and on sold it to a listed public company.
As a company director Geoff recently finished a role as a director and Chairman of the Board Risk Management Committee of one of the largest aged care not for profits in the country with more than 35 facilities, 1500 employees and over 3,000 clients. Apart from those business experiences Geoff has been a non-executive director of companies involved in activities as widely diverse as coffee plantations, satellite technology, merchant banking, ski resort, nutriceuticals and building and construction.
Geoff has sought to maintain an active development of his skills both inside and outside of the law as his several post graduate qualifications attest.
Geoff’s wide and deep experience both in the fields of business and corporate law and his hands on and significant experience in commerce including start-ups, turn arounds and very large corporations brings to his client’s matters a unique and individual expertise not available in almost any other law firm.
Geoff’s legal experience is rarely found outside the very largest firms and never in the suburbs.
You will find dealing with Bartels Business Lawyers a very worthwhile experience.