Nicholas Bantin is a former investment banker who worked in the City of London for more than 30 years with Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Bank of America. As an international corporate lending banker, Nick has wide experience in all aspects of corporate finance including trade finance and the securitisation of assets. After 15 years in corporate finance, he moved to manage CIBC’s proprietary portfolios. Whilst running the portfolios, Nick became an expert in assessing market trends and risk management, a skill demonstrated by his development of a liquidity fund designed to protect the Bank against catastrophic events such as those witnessed in 2007-8. This fund generated returns in excess of 30% on capital employed.
After a successful market navigation of Quebec Referendum in 1995, he moved to Bank of America to run the London proprietary portfolios.
Nick retired from the City in 2001 to work with small technology companies using his finance and funding knowledge to help them achieve their ambitions. He is focused on building new circular business models through which businesses calculate and manage commercial risks from concept to product development to product launch to commercial sales. This involves early engagement and working closely with major corporates to ensure requirements are fully understood and that they participate in market launches.
Additionally, given the lack of support from Banks towards growing SMEs, Nick is now developing alternative and new funding structures to enable SMEs to obtain development capital and manage potential funding gaps.