Mark D. Kenderdine-Davies
Chair, Chief Legal Officer, CDC Group plc
Mark Kenderdine-Davies, a British national, is General Counsel of CDC Group plc (CDC) with oversight of the company’s legal, regulatory and tax affairs. Mark manages the company’s legal/tax team and corporate secretariat and sits on its private funds investment committee. CDC was established by the UK Government in 1948 and is the world’s first development finance institution (DFI). Its mission is to support the building of businesses, to create jobs and to make a lasting difference to people’s lives in some of the world’s poorest places. CDC invests from its own balance sheet of US$7.3bn and returns from its investments are recycled into new investments. CDC takes a flexible approach and provides capital in all its forms, including equity, debt, mezzanine and guarantees, to meet businesses’ needs and achieve development impact. CDC targets funds, direct equity and debt investment opportunities in Africa and South Asia. As a responsible investor, it seeks to add value by helping companies achieve good standards of governance and adopt strong environmental, social and integrity policies. Mark joined CDC in 2006 from Gartmore Investment Management plc where he focused on private equity and other alternative investments. Prior to that, he advised at Threadneedle Asset Management Limited. From 1994 to 2002, Mark lived in Vietnam working in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar as General Counsel/Senior Investment Executive at Indochina Asset Management Limited, the manager of two private equity funds, and as Executive Director of an investment company. Mark started his legal career in private practice in London. Mark has an LLB (Hons) from the University of Liverpool and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Mark is admitted to practice as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales and is a Non-Executive Director of the Washington DC-based Emerging Markets Private Equity Association whose Legal and Regulatory Council he also chairs. Mark is also a Member of the Legal and Regulatory Committee of the African Venture Capital Association.