Mark Kenderdine-Davies

Mark Kenderdine-Davies

Chief Legal Officer
CDC Group

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Mark Kenderdine-Davies is the Chief Legal Officer of CDC Group plc (CDC) with oversight of the company’s legal, regulatory and tax affairs. In addition to leading the company’s legal and tax team, Mark is an experienced private funds lawyer and investor.

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 and recycles the returns from its investments into new investments.

CDC provides capital in all its forms, including debt, equity, mezzanine, and guarantees, to meet the needs of its partners and achieve development impact.  CDC targets debt, equity and fund investment opportunities in Africa and South Asia. It also provides project, supply chain and trade finance.  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. Mark started his legal career in London as a solicitor before becoming a law firm partner.

Mark has an LLB (Hons) from the University of Liverpool and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and is admitted to practice as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.

Mark serves as a Non-Executive Director of the US-based Emerging Markets Private Equity Association whose Legal and Regulatory Council he chairs. Mark is also a member of the Legal and Regulatory Committee of the African Venture Capital Association and the Advisory Council of ESELA, the legal network for social impact.

CDC has committed approximately US$6.0bn to private equity funds and co-investments in Africa, Asia, Central America and Latin America since 2004. It currently targets fund, direct equity and debt investment opportunities in Africa and South Asia.

Mr. Kenderdine-Davies joined CDC in 2006 from Gartmore Investment Management plc where he was Legal Counsel focusing on private equity and other alternative investments. Prior to that, he was Legal Counsel at Threadneedle Asset Management Limited. From 1994 to 2002, Mr. Kenderdine-Davies 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. Before the move to Vietnam, Mr. Kenderdine-Davies was a Partner at a London law firm.

Mr. Kenderdine-Davies has an LLB (Hons) from the University of Liverpool and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School Of Business.

Mr. Kenderdine-Davies is admitted to practice as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales and is a Non-Executive Director of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association whose Legal and Regulatory Council he also chairs. Mr. Kenderdine-Davies is also a Member of the Legal and Regulatory Committee of the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association.

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