Impartiality, transparency and excellence.
Navitaur was founded in 2014 to provide independent and bespoke debt advisory services to sophisticated private and corporate clients, family offices, trustees, professional advisors and wealth management firms.
Our services are delivered with the client at the forefront of our minds and are underpinned by our core values of impartiality, transparency and excellence.
Our company ethos is all about long term relationship and not short term gain. Where we engage with a client we add real value to a financing transaction.
Founder of Navitaur, Nick Bennett is a senior banker and wealth manager who has spent over 30 years employed in the financial services industry in Guernsey.
Nick has a track record in international and private banking which includes Lloyds Banking Group and Schroders Private Bank, where he spent over 13 years building a highly successful banking, custody and credit business before leaving their employment as Executive Director and Head of Banking in 2012.
Subsequently, as Executive Director and Head of Private Wealth Management for Kleinwort Benson in Guernsey, he identified the need for a consultancy business that could capitalise on his experience and in-depth knowledge of structuring complex debt facilities.
Nick is passionate about providing excellent client service and fully believes that this is the key differentiator in a highly competitive industry. Throughout his career the majority of client acquisition has been through existing client referral and many clients count him not only as a trusted advisor, but also as a good friend.
He holds various banking and investment qualifications and is also an active member of the Institute of Directors, holding the IoD Diploma in Company Direction.
Outside of work Nick is Chairman for the brain injury charity, Headway Guernsey and sits on the judging panel for the Guernsey Community Awards.
"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."Finance Director, Private Property Investment Group
"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."Director, Real Estate Debt, Insurance Company
"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."CEO, Fiduciary Company
"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."Head of Credit, Private Bank
"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."Private Client
"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."Relationship Director, Private Bank
"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."Managing Director, Commercial Real Estate Division, Independent Banking and Financial Advisory Group
"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."Private Property Investment Group
"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."Private Client and Property Investor
"We have always enjoyed working with Nick. He is responsive, innovative, efficient and an overall pleasure to work with. He is our 'go to' man whenever possible."Private Property Investor
"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."Senior Partner, International Law Firm
"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 benefitted tremendously by knowing and dealing with Nick and remain loyal clients a decade after meeting him."Property Investor and Private Client
"Nick is my first choice when I need any financial solutions. He puts huge effort into fulfilling my requirements and having looked in depth into my business, offers sophisticated and open minded solutions."Property Investor and Private Client
"I have known Nick for many years. He is a pleasure to work with. He is adept at understanding clients' requirements, and brings creative talents to fulfilling them."Private Client/Property Lawyer
"Nick has successfully helped us over a number of years with our banking and property financing requirements and we have always found him to be understanding of our requirements and both helpful and expedient in his approach."Privately Owned Property Investment Company
"Nick is a breath of fresh air and honesty in an industry that is becoming increasingly more difficult and adversarial. His expertise and clear thought processes have helped me on many occasions. I won't work with anyone else."Private Client
"Proactive and efficient approach. Always ready to help to solve the problem and be creative rather than the opposite as with so many others. Add to that a really pleasant disposition and all in all a recipe for a great working relationship."Private Client
"I have always found Nick very straightforward and easy to deal with, and most importantly able to work alongside the flexibility required for our often bespoke property and lending requirements. A man of his word, I can highly recommend him."Entrepreneur and Private Client
"Nick is pragmatic and demonstrates a real desire to assist in all matters, whether simple or complex. He is responsive, knowledgeable, experienced, a real partner to our business."Privately Owned International Investment and Property Group