Client dedication and core values are timeless. Professionalism, trust, integrity and discretion are essential. But they aren’t enough. Clients expect more in our global, connected, intricate world.

At CAN (Cartesius Advisory Network), Clients get what can’t be had elsewhere – Partners with an entrepreneurial mindset and outstanding networks, experience and track records at the most senior level. Selected from a range of professional backgrounds. Diversity broadens perspective and no profession has a monopoly on exceptional advisers. Partners provide strategic advice to Clients over the long-term, informed by contextual understanding of Clients’ objectives and constraints:

  • Stakeholder, strategic, regulatory and governance constraints faced by company CEOs/Chairs
  • Entrepreneurs’ need for speed of response and recognition of their interdependent personal and business interests
  • Political and societal challenges faced by policy makers
  • Fiduciary responsibility of wealth managers when seeking independent advice for their clients.


Our Partners bring breadth of knowledge, experience and judgement:

  • Synthesis and clarity
  • Wide range of competencies
  • Global reach
  • With an entrepreneurial approach.

Partners come to CAN for its unique attributes:

  • Relevance, scope and international reach
  • Peers they respect, elect and trust
  • Serving clients as they would wish
  • The physical and intellectual environment
  • Liberation from big firm bureaucracy.

Lord John Hutton

John Hutton is a Partner with exceptional experience in policy making with a political career spanning nearly three decades. John has held a number of cabinet positions including Defence Secretary and Business Secretary and has also served as Minister of State, Department of Health. John counsels clients on a range of issues including public policy, regulatory reform and pensions and advises across a range of sectors including energy, healthcare and defence.

John has been a Member of the House of Lords since 2010. Prior to that he held a number of ministerial positions in the UK Government including Secretary of State for Defence, Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Previously, he was Minister of State for the Department of Health for six years. John began his political career as the Labour Member of Parliament for Barrow and Furness. Before joining politics, John was a Senior Law lecturer at Newcastle Polytechnic.

John is currently chair of the Nuclear Industries Association, the Royal United Services Institute, the Independent Public Service Pensions Commission and the Cuba Initiative. He is also an adviser to Redington, Lockheed Martin, Bechtel Corporation and a special adviser to PwC. He is NED of Sirius Minerals, HMS Victory Preservation Company, Circle Holdings Plc and Arthurian Life Sciences and trustee of the RAF Museum and the International Air Cadet Training.

Luqman Arnold

Luqman is CAN's Chair and a Partner with extensive banking experience in financial services, media, natural resources, sovereign issues and privatisations and capital markets – debt and equity. He has held leadership roles in a number of internationally admired banks and has worked across Asia Pacific and Europe (including Russia and CEU).

Luqman’s experience as an executive was primarily in strategy, transformation programmes, M&A and business development; at Abbey National and UBS, he was responsible for the then largest European and global cross border financial services deals, in both cases with simultaneous listings of the acquirers’ stock.

Luqman was formerly with CSFB, as Head of Investment Banking new business; Banque Paribas, as Global Head of Business Development on the Executive Committee and Board; UBS AG as Chair of the Group Executive Board; Abbey National, as CEO; Co-Founder of Olivant and Cartesius SA, and NED of MDM Bank. He has been Chair of the Design Museum since 2005.

Mitchel Lenson

Mitchel is a Partner focused on operations and technology and provides senior counsel to clients on related projects, particularly transformation, efficiency and change management. He brings senior expertise in operations and technology with over 3 decades of experience in the field.

Mitchel’s previous roles include Group Chief Information Officer of Deutsche Bank AG; Global Head of Operations of SBC Warburg/UBS AG. Mitchel is a co-founder of Cartesius SA; a NED of Nationwide Building Society; he combines non-executive roles in the UK and USA with work in the Private Equity sector and charitable work.

Paolo Tanoni

Paolo Tanoni is a Partner and an entrepreneurial and experienced lawyer with over 25 years of practice in Italy and internationally. He has extensive experience in Business and Industrial Law, Company Contracts and International Private-Business Law. His particular business areas of focus are commercial law, M&A, restructuring and litigation. He has extensive networks and experience in the areas of luxury goods, fashion, financial institutions, infrastructure and power.

Paolo is Founder and Chairman of Milan-based H.N.F. Law, which has been advising some of the biggest names in fashion and luxury. Paolo’s previous roles include Chairman, Ernst & Young M&A Law, globally and Partner at Lovells Italy. He is currently a Board member of Milan-listed Maire Technimont, ASPESI and Ariston Thermo Group. He is founder and chair of FCM, now ECHIDNA, which controls TECHNO and VIRIDIS ENERGIA (bio gas and photovoltaic). He is statutory auditor of BATA and Furla and co-founder of “Fondazione Marche”, Ancona, a charity foundation.

Previously, Paolo’s entrepreneurial instincts led him to found two companies in the automotive trade before he went on to establish his own law firm ‘Recanati’ in 1985. This was where he first developed expertise in the areas of luxury & fashion goods and financial institutions. Paolo graduated Magna cum Laude from the University of Macerata.

Simon Murray

Simon Murray is a Partner with a wealth of international business experience as an entrepreneur, banker and CEO/Chair of major multinational companies. He has long-standing business relationships particularly in Asia but also throughout Europe.

Simon is currently the Executive Chairman of GEMS; Non-Executive Chairman of Gulf Keystone Petroleum; Vice Chairman of Essar Energy plc and a Board member of Cheung Kong Holdings Ltd., Orient Overseas (International) Ltd., Wing Tai Properties Ltd., Richemont SA, Greenheart Group Limited, IRC Limited, and Spring Asset Management Limited, manager of Spring Real Estate Investment Trust, the listed company.

Simon was previously Chairman of Glencore and has held advisory and Board positions in a number of other companies such as Vodafone, Tommy Hilfiger Corporation, Vivendi Universal, Usinor SA, Hermes, General Electric (USA), China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), Macquarie Bank, N.M. Rothschild, and Bain. He continues to serve on the advisory board of Lightbridge Corporation (USA), SouthWest Energy (BVI) Ltd., and is a Senior Advisor on the International Advisory Council of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., PRC.

Simon has been awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) by H.M. The Queen, and the Order of Merit of the French Republic and is a “Chevalier de La Legion d’Honneur”.

Vittorio Volpi

Vittorio is Senior Adviser and Chair of Cartesius SA. He supports CAN’s business in Japan, Italy and strategic wealth advisory. He is a veteran of financial services and his principal geographic experience has been in Asia, Switzerland and Italy.

Vittorio’s previous roles include First National City Bank, as COO Italy; Banca Commerciale Italiana, as Head of Far East; Parallels, as founder of this consulting firm in Japan; NED of Zegna Japan; UBS AG, as a Member of the Management Board, Country Head Japan, and Head of Italy (Wealth Management and Investment Banking); Chair of Banca Experia Fiducaria; Olivant, Partner; Parallels SA, founder; Advisory Board member of NTT Data as the only foreigner.

Vittorio’s current positions are Chair and co-founder of Cartesius SA; Chair of Banca Experia Fiducaria and Chair of Finter Bank. Vittorio holds the prestigious post of Academic of Accademia Ambrosiana in Milan in Far East Cultures. He is an author and has been published in six languages. He is fluent in Japanese, French, English and Italian.

Board and CAN Team

  • Passionate, with exceptional experience.
  • Multi-lingual and international.
  • Multi-disciplinary & multi-industry.
  • Dedicated to excellence and efficiency.
  • Driven to achieve the extraordinary.
  • Intellectually challenging and strong will to learn.
  • Young in spirit, mature in execution.
  • Committed around the clock.

Ayesha Malhotra

Ayesha is actively involved in supporting Partners on corporate finance mandates. She has over 10 years experience primarily as an investment banker, having worked across Asia, New York and London on buy-side, sell-side, capital raising and restructuring transactions.

She has worked across a range of industries, with a particular focus in the leisure and hospitality, consumer and healthcare sectors.

Ayesha grew up in India and has lived and worked in New York, London, Hong Kong and Mumbai. Her previous roles were: McKinsey & Co., India; Rothschild corporate finance in Asia, NY and London.

Frank Sreesangkom

Frank is responsible for overseeing the Bangkok office and is actively involved in supporting Partners on Asia related mandates. Frank has over 20 years experience primarily as an investment banker and as a senior executive in the energy sector.

Frank’s previous roles include: Nikko Securities, Tokyo (Investment Research & Strategy Analyst); Credit Suisse, Investment Banking and Project Finance, New York, Singapore and Bangkok; UBS & SBC Warburg, Investment Banking, Hong Kong and Bangkok; Electricity Generating Public Company Limited, Thailand (CFO and responsible for its IPO); Northern Gulf Oil (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (Senior Advisor). Frank is fluent in Japanese, Thai and English.

Frank co-founded and is the director of the Education for Development Foundation (EDF), which supports underprivileged Thai children to pursue secondary school education and has expanded to include income-generating projects to aid children in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar.

Geert Linnebank

Geert is a board director of CAN and oversees the CAN Intelligence platform as Chair of the Editorial Committee. He has exceptional experience in the news and information industries spanning over three decades.

Geert’s previous roles include Editor in Chief and Global Head of Content, Reuters Group Plc; NED Breaking Views; NED Factiva. He is currently NED at Impregilo SA and NED at Independent Television News Ltd (having also been acting CEO).

Geert was Chairman of the Reuters Foundation from 2004 to 2008, and joint founder in 2006 of the Reuters Institute for Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford, where he continues to serve on the Steering and Editorial Committees.

Born in the Hague, the Netherlands, he grew up in Brussels where he started his career as a journalist with Agence Europe before joining AP-Dow Jones, and later Reuters, as EU correspondent.

I-An Chen

I-An is actively involved in supporting partners on applied intelligence and corporate finance mandates. She has extensive experience in research across a range of industries with a focus on technology and a special interest in China.

I-An has a diverse background spanning financial services, research and insight, as well as an interest in behavioural economics. With experience in market analysis, brand positioning, product innovation, growth, communication and media strategy, she has worked with clients across technology, media, telecoms, automotive, retail and financial services sectors during her time at Morgan Stanley and several research consultancies. Born in Taiwan, I-An speaks fluent English and Mandarin, and has advised a range of clients on China strategy.

Mélanie Chopard

Mélanie is the Group’s Finance, HR and Legal administration officer. Her experience includes setting-up, operating and managing the financial and administrative functions of newly created companies on an international scale.

Mélanie has an assorted background spanning media and consulting services industries, as well as government and international organizations. She most recently worked for an online collaboration startup company and supported its global expansion with particular focus on financial, human resources and legal matters. Melanie speaks fluent English, German, Italian and French.

Michael Baer

Michael is a board director of CAN with a particular focus on administration, finance, risk and compliance, and also supports Partners on wealth management projects. He has extensive experience in private banking having held multiple leadership roles at Julius Baer.

Michael’s previous roles include Head of Private Banking, Head of Trading (Treasury, FICC and Equity) and Head of IT at Julius Baer Holding AG. He is Chair of Baer Capital Partners; Chair of Charlemagne Capital; NED of Falcon Private Bank; NED of FinOps AG, which provides operational, reporting and compliance services to financial services firms, family offices and asset managers. Michael is active in the Middle East and investing in projects in India.

Michael is Swiss and an ardent marathon runner. He is an active member of the YPO, which is strongly represented amongst major entrepreneurs in emerging markets.

Sarah Miller

Sarah is a member of the Editorial Committee and contributes Life activities and content for CAN’s Intelligence platform. She has a remarkable career in journalism spanning 30 years.

Sarah is founder of Sarah Miller and Partners (‘SMP’). Her career in journalism spans helping to found Blueprint, editing arts and design for Elle, being Assistant Editor of The Sunday Times (launching Style magazine) and Associate Editor and Arts Editor of the Daily Telegraph.

In 1997 she launched Conde Nast Traveller UK, which she edited for 15 years; Sarah was also involved in the Indian and Chinese launches. She has won Editor of the year 7 times. Her decades of senior editorial and advisory experience provide her an influential network across the arts, film, design and lifestyle fields. Sarah is a governor of the Royal College of Art.

Tobias Straessle

Tobias is the COO of CAN and responsible for its proprietary and cutting edge technology platform. Tobias also provides advice to Partners and their clients in areas where he brings over 30 years of experience as CIO, COO and Management Consultant. These include information technology, post-merger integration and technology-based business operating models such as online businesses.

Tobias was involved in the development of many state-of the-art electronic trading & clearing systems for exchanges and investment banks as well as several post-merger technology integrations of international scale. He has also advised several start-ups in the financial services sector. Tobias held a number of senior roles as executive and consultant including: Andersen Consulting (Co-Head Swiss Financial Consulting Practice); CBI Bank (Head of Derivatives Trading); GMO AG (Head European Financial Consulting Practice); UBS Investment Bank (CIO of Equities Technology and CIO of IT Production); Saxo Bank S.A. (CIO and COO); Grey Cells Associates (Founder); Eleven Canterbury (Senior Adviser).

Tobias is non-executive Chair of Saxo Bank Switzerland AG and holds a MSc in Mathematics from the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ) and a MBA from Northwestern University, Chicago.



CAN is a new-style partnership blending the best of the old and the new.

Unique scope

CAN serves clients — entrepreneurs, companies, government agencies, financial sponsors, family offices, private banks — in developed and emerging economies alike. Clients have access to:

  • Multi-disciplinary strategic advice and intelligence
  • Support, 24/7, from accomplished professionals
  • Purpose-built and highly efficient technology and communications systems.

CAN exists solely for the benefit
of clients

Expect expertise, depth and breadth of experience and an integrated approach.

Unexpected angles and creative answers.

Real knowledge. Prepared to defy conventional wisdom.

Complete discretion.

Client offer

CAN empowers the strongest possible Client‑Partner relationship. How?

Clients and CAN

  • Client’s agenda not CAN’s.
  • Client works directly with its chosen Partner — long term.
  • A one-to-one relationship: simple, effective, and highly responsive.
  • Dealing with CAN Partners, not with the management.
  • Service that is personal and integrated in ways large firms with cumbersome, complex organisations simply cannot match.

Partners are discreet, unconflicted and undistracted

  • No sales targets, no management interference and bureaucracy.
  • No proprietary conflicts of interest.
  • No underwriting, trading or other principal business.
  • No asset or money management.
  • Utmost discretion. Underpinned by one-to-one Partner-Client relationship and CAN’s secure technology.

CAN’S advice is deep, bespoke and integrated

  • Strategy, competition, governance, security.
  • Restructuring, transformation, regulatory.
  • Corporate finance and M&A.
  • Structuring and arrangement of equity and debt finance.
  • Whole wealth strategic advice and introductions to private banks and family offices.
  • Introductions to business partners and deal opportunities around the world, personally and privately.
  • Our responses will be bespoke and unique. Expect no recycled PowerPoint presentations at CAN.

World-class intelligence

  • Intelligence that is curated and relevant. Insightful. Useful.
  • Introductions to independent thought leaders who will give you perspectives, angles, insights, one-to-one.

Agility, not bureaucracy

CAN’s proprietary platform allows it to work to the same scale and scope as large firms. More cost effectively.

And thanks to CAN’s compact size, it can focus intensely on individual clients’ needs to work faster, respond better and achieve effective solutions to real challenges.


CAN’s unique platform is based on proprietary, integrated technology delivered through the CAN app and designed for security, confidentiality and accessibility. Whether on desktops or mobile devices, CAN is available anytime, anywhere, anyhow.

CAN’s platform enables our Partners to communicate, network and execute effectively in an international environment.



Where is the life we have lost in living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?

T.S. Eliot

The issue

Real intelligence is difficult to distil from the ever-increasing flood of information available through the Internet.

Most people default to the same standard sources, because they don’t have the time to look beyond.

CAN’s differentiation

CAN provides Intelligence curated individually to the personal and business interests of our Clients and Partners with an emphasis on bespoke commissioned research.



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