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Nick Bennett

Managing Director

Specialism: Financial Advisory & UHNW Services Property

Company: Navitaur

Location: Guernsey

Citywealth rating

4.625
Average: 4.6 (16 votes)
Fee Level:
4.4375
Average: 4.4 (16 votes)
Quality of Advice
4.6875
Average: 4.7 (16 votes)
Communications Skills
4.6875
Average: 4.7 (16 votes)
Interpersonal Skills
4.6875
Average: 4.7 (16 votes)
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Institutional client review:

Nick's extensive industry experience means he is uniquely well placed to both assess a client's particular funding requirement and match this to suitable market providers. From a lending Bank perspective, Nick adds significant value through his own risk based analysis and being able to identify and provide rationale in support of any 'out of policy' features. Nick is highly responsive and adept at negotiating on his clients' behalf to deliver optimal solutions. He is a trusted business partner and always operates with integrity and in an open and transparent manner.

27 May 2021

Private client review:

Nick is an expert in his field and willing to go the extra mile. Also a great guy!

David Kaemmerlen    168 Trading Limited   
23 May 2021

Private client review:

I worked with Nick for almost a decade during my time as Finance Director at a leading south east property group. He is a consummate and approachable professional, always careful to understand client requirements and make suitable recommendations. Nick introduced a number of key banking contacts, many of which resulted in long term relationships and were of great benefit to the group. I would not hesitate to recommend Nick for real estate financing services.

22 May 2021

Private client review:

It's a pleasure working with Nick, always swift and ahead of the game, highly recommended.

21 May 2021

Peer review:

I have dealt with Nick for several years as a UK lender and he is always a pleasure to deal with, straightforward and demonstrates strong integrity and professionalism. He clearly knows his clients well and values those relationships over the long term providing expert advice to them.

18 May 2021

Institutional client review:

Nick has proved himself to be a great asset in the review of existing financing terms and in sourcing debt facilities for a number of fiduciary client structures. He talks in plain English, and is very generous with his extensive knowledge of the industry.

18 May 2021

Private client review:

Nick is an easy person to work with and a very good negotiator. He has good connections and is conscientious. He is able to keep cool under pressure and achieve his goals. I recommend him to anyone or any organisation as he will do his best to keep his clients happy.

17 May 2021

Private client review:

Nick is a rare breed of professional who has retained his integrity over the years. My experience with Nick has been one where I was impressed with his easy understanding of complex issues while providing realistic advice. He has lived a life and any client of his will benefit from his experience and wisdom.

17 May 2021

Peer review:

Nick has the unending willingness and knowledge to help both his client and the transacting institution get the deal done. From initial idea through to completion, Nick is there to help with pragmatic sensible advice. It is always a pleasure dealing with him.

Brian Bougourd    Cazenove Capital   
17 May 2021

Institutional client review:

Nick has a fantastic understanding of the credit world and is extremely approachable. His customer service is second to none.

31 Oct 2019

Private client review:

Nick has been instrumental in advising our investment consortium over the past 5 years with regards to a commercial loan facility held in respect of a UK office building. He is responsive, innovative and demonstrates solid negotiation skills when dealing with bank funders. We have benefitted hugely from his expertise and advice and highly recommend his services

25 Apr 2019

Peer review:

I have known Nick professionally for many years. He is a pleasure to work with and a consummate professional. He is highly knowledgeable, experienced and a man of great humility and integrity. Nick’s practical and innovative approach to problem-solving is invaluable in ensuring difficult transactions complete.

24 Apr 2019

Private client review:

Understood our requirement immediately and provided for us a very good solution. During the onboarding process with a new bank he was very helpful in making it a smooth process for both us and the new loan provider.

13 Mar 2019

Peer review:

Nick has been a pleasure to deal with and has made the funding of a London property seem much simpler than it really is. More recently he has advised us on the funding of a significant commercial real estate acquisition and it is self evident that his experience and knowledge from the finance industry has not just helped save us a large amount of costs but also found us the type of funding that is much more suited to our longer term requirements. A trusted professional.

16 Jul 2018

Peer review:

Nick has provided us with a number of excellent credit solutions for our fiduciary structures. He is a delight to deal with - incredibly responsive and proactive.

03 Jul 2018

Peer review:

At our initial meeting I was most impressed by Nick’s calm, friendly and warm temperament. His personal attributes are matched by his efficiency and can do attitude. My family and I have benefited tremendously by knowing and dealing with Nick and remain loyal clients a decade after meeting him.

07 Feb 2018

Peer review:

I have worked with Nick as a funder on a number of transactions and consider that his proposals are robust, thought through and well presented. Nick represents a number of high calibre clients who entrust him to structure, negotiate and then play an active part in the completion process. Nick's historic experience on the 'funding' side of transactions ensures a smooth and focused process, adding value in all key aspects.

18 Sep 2017

Peer review:

A trusted adviser who understood our requirements, acted on them, delivering excellent results with professionalism and a style.

16 Sep 2017

Peer review:

Nick has a clear understanding of our target market and draws on his extensive knowledge and experience in the financial industry. He communicates client requirements comprehensively and his professionalism ensures proposals are well presented. We very much value our relationship with him.

13 Sep 2017

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Average client size: £5 million - £25 million

Fixed fee offering: Yes - Dependent on client requirement

Navitaur

Number of offices globally: 1-5

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Institutional client review:

Nick's extensive industry experience means he is uniquely well placed to both assess a client's particular funding requirement and match this to suitable market providers. From a lending Bank perspective, Nick adds significant value through his own risk based analysis and being able to identify and provide rationale in support of any 'out of policy' features. Nick is highly responsive and adept at negotiating on his clients' behalf to deliver optimal solutions. He is a trusted business partner and always operates with integrity and in an open and transparent manner.

27 May 2021

Private client review:

Nick is an expert in his field and willing to go the extra mile. Also a great guy!

David Kaemmerlen    168 Trading Limited   
23 May 2021

Private client review:

I worked with Nick for almost a decade during my time as Finance Director at a leading south east property group. He is a consummate and approachable professional, always careful to understand client requirements and make suitable recommendations. Nick introduced a number of key banking contacts, many of which resulted in long term relationships and were of great benefit to the group. I would not hesitate to recommend Nick for real estate financing services.

22 May 2021

Private client review:

It's a pleasure working with Nick, always swift and ahead of the game, highly recommended.

21 May 2021

Peer review:

I have dealt with Nick for several years as a UK lender and he is always a pleasure to deal with, straightforward and demonstrates strong integrity and professionalism. He clearly knows his clients well and values those relationships over the long term providing expert advice to them.

18 May 2021

Institutional client review:

Nick has proved himself to be a great asset in the review of existing financing terms and in sourcing debt facilities for a number of fiduciary client structures. He talks in plain English, and is very generous with his extensive knowledge of the industry.

18 May 2021

Private client review:

Nick is an easy person to work with and a very good negotiator. He has good connections and is conscientious. He is able to keep cool under pressure and achieve his goals. I recommend him to anyone or any organisation as he will do his best to keep his clients happy.

17 May 2021

Private client review:

Nick is a rare breed of professional who has retained his integrity over the years. My experience with Nick has been one where I was impressed with his easy understanding of complex issues while providing realistic advice. He has lived a life and any client of his will benefit from his experience and wisdom.

17 May 2021

Peer review:

Nick has the unending willingness and knowledge to help both his client and the transacting institution get the deal done. From initial idea through to completion, Nick is there to help with pragmatic sensible advice. It is always a pleasure dealing with him.

Brian Bougourd    Cazenove Capital   
17 May 2021

Institutional client review:

Nick has a fantastic understanding of the credit world and is extremely approachable. His customer service is second to none.

31 Oct 2019

Private client review:

Nick has been instrumental in advising our investment consortium over the past 5 years with regards to a commercial loan facility held in respect of a UK office building. He is responsive, innovative and demonstrates solid negotiation skills when dealing with bank funders. We have benefitted hugely from his expertise and advice and highly recommend his services

25 Apr 2019

Peer review:

I have known Nick professionally for many years. He is a pleasure to work with and a consummate professional. He is highly knowledgeable, experienced and a man of great humility and integrity. Nick’s practical and innovative approach to problem-solving is invaluable in ensuring difficult transactions complete.

24 Apr 2019

Private client review:

Understood our requirement immediately and provided for us a very good solution. During the onboarding process with a new bank he was very helpful in making it a smooth process for both us and the new loan provider.

13 Mar 2019

Peer review:

Nick has been a pleasure to deal with and has made the funding of a London property seem much simpler than it really is. More recently he has advised us on the funding of a significant commercial real estate acquisition and it is self evident that his experience and knowledge from the finance industry has not just helped save us a large amount of costs but also found us the type of funding that is much more suited to our longer term requirements. A trusted professional.

16 Jul 2018

Peer review:

Nick has provided us with a number of excellent credit solutions for our fiduciary structures. He is a delight to deal with - incredibly responsive and proactive.

03 Jul 2018

Peer review:

At our initial meeting I was most impressed by Nick’s calm, friendly and warm temperament. His personal attributes are matched by his efficiency and can do attitude. My family and I have benefited tremendously by knowing and dealing with Nick and remain loyal clients a decade after meeting him.

07 Feb 2018

Peer review:

I have worked with Nick as a funder on a number of transactions and consider that his proposals are robust, thought through and well presented. Nick represents a number of high calibre clients who entrust him to structure, negotiate and then play an active part in the completion process. Nick's historic experience on the 'funding' side of transactions ensures a smooth and focused process, adding value in all key aspects.

18 Sep 2017

Peer review:

A trusted adviser who understood our requirements, acted on them, delivering excellent results with professionalism and a style.

16 Sep 2017

Peer review:

Nick has a clear understanding of our target market and draws on his extensive knowledge and experience in the financial industry. He communicates client requirements comprehensively and his professionalism ensures proposals are well presented. We very much value our relationship with him.

13 Sep 2017

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Written Review
Your Details
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Your personal data is used for internal purposes only and is never sold or shared. For any enquiries, please email assistant editor April French at afrenchfurnell@citywealthmag.com

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UK commercial investment property refinancing

Negotiation and arrangement of an £18m refinancing facility for an existing commercial mortgage facility. As the existing bank funders were taking a very short term view, Navitaur challenged the refinancing facility. The commercial property was non-income producing but with the benefit of planning permission for change of use to residential. Significant negotiation by Navitaur on behalf of the underlying clients with potential new funders resulted in an interest-only solution over a three-year term sourced from a specialist commercial real estate funder at a margin of 2.75 percent over the cost of funds.

Portfolio loan review

Review and bench-marking of an existing loan facility for €7m secured against investment portfolios held in the name of an offshore trust. Trustees required independent review and expert opinion on current lending terms and documentation. Following analysis, Navitaur recommended two distinct options: re-negotiation with the existing bank lender or switch of bank lender. Significant negotiation by Navitaur on behalf of the trustees with potential new lenders led to very favourable terms being offered: nearly fifty percent reduction in overall cost. In line with client’s wishes only transfer of the custody of the investment portfolios was negotiated, with the investment management relationship being maintained with the current manager. Flexible interest-only solution negotiated and arranged with a new bank lender and custodian has resulted in a significant financial benefit to the client.

UK residential property portfolio refinancing

Advising upon and structuring of a £20.5m refinancing facility for a portfolio of 4 substantial residential properties. Facility provided significant capital with which the client will be able to continue their growth ambitions and invest further in UK real estate assets. Facility had a degree of challenge due to client requirement for non-recourse funding Significant negotiation in respect of terms by Navitaur on behalf of the underlying clients with potential new funders. 5 year term facility with a small element of amortisation arranged at a margin of 2.25% over cost of funds

UK retail investment property portfolio refinancing

Advising upon and structuring of a £21m refinancing facility in respect of a portfolio of 17 retail bank branches. Facility provided significant capital over and above existing debt to enable further investment in UK real estate assets. Facility had a degree of challenge due to geographic dispersal of property assets. Significant negotiation in respect of terms by Navitaur on behalf of the underlying clients with potential new funders. Structured as a 5 year fixed rate facility linked to UK Gilt rates from a specialist UK insurance fund