Mark joined CDC in 2006 from Gartmore Investment Management plc where he was Legal Counsel focused on private equity and other alternative investments.
Prior to that, he was Legal Counsel at Threadneedle Asset Management Limited. From 1994 to 2002, Mark lived in Vietnam and worked in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and the Yunnan Province of China 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. Prior to 1994, Mark was a partner at a central London law firm.
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.
Associate General Counsel
Elizabeth joined CDC in September 2008. Prior to joining CDC, she was Legal Counsel at Atlas Venture and Counsel at Morrison and Foerster based in Hong Kong, London and Singapore.
Prior to that, Elizabeth worked as an Attorney for Exxon based in Houston, Texas.
Elizabeth has a JD from the University of Maryland where she was admitted to the Order of the Coif and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Drexel University, Pennsylvania.
Elizabeth is admitted to practice in the States of Texas and Maryland.
Justin joined CDC in August 2013 from the International Finance Corporation in Washington DC, where he spent five years as a senior lawyer working on finance, equity and risk sharing investments across Latin America, Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.
Prior to that, Justin spent eight years at Allen & Overy in London focussing on renewable energy project finance and carbon related transactions.
Justin has a Diploma in Law from City University, a Classics degree from Merton College, Oxford University and is admitted to practice as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales.
Andrew joined CDC in January 2013. Prior to joining CDC, he spent twelve years as a senior lawyer with 3i Group in London.
Whilst at 3i, Andrew worked on private equity investments in Europe, the US, Asia and Brazil as well as on major corporate projects. Prior to that, Andrew was a commercial solicitor in private practice with Morgan Cole in Oxford.
Andrew has an LLB (Hons) from the University of Bristol and is admitted to practice as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.
Chris joined CDC in May 2014. Prior to joining CDC, Chris spent seven years at Travers Smith where he was a senior associate in the Corporate Department and a member of the Travers Smith Africa Group.
While at Travers Smith, Chris specialised in private equity investments, joint ventures and M&A, acting for financial institutions, corporates and management teams. Chris has lectured on private equity and M&A at BPP Law School as a guest speaker. He has also worked with impact investors including the Somalia Stability Fund where he has helped to evaluate and structure investments.
Chris trained at Scottish law firm, Maclay Murray & Spens, and was admitted as a Soilcitor in Scotland in 2007 and as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 2012. He has an LLB (Hons) from the University of Aberdeen and a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from Edinburgh University.
Russell joined CDC in 2015. Before CDC he was General Counsel at Omega Funds for five years and was Senior Legal Counsel at 3i Group for 21 years before that.
He started his professional life as a solicitor working in a small firm of solicitors in Glasgow.
At 3i he worked on a wide range of private equity and technology investments. At Omega Funds his work largely focussed on buying portfolios of healthcare investments in secondary transactions.
Russell has an LL.B from Edinburgh University and is a Scottish qualified solicitor.
Sarah joined CDC in October 2014. Prior to joining CDC, Sarah spent nine years at Linklaters in Amsterdam where she was counsel in the Banking and Capital Markets Department.
Sarah trained at Allen & Overy LLP, and was admitted to practice as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 2003, qualifying into that firm’s Global Loans and Restructuring team.
She has a degree in Geography from the University of Durham, and completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Law and Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the College of Law, Guildford.
Ming Da Wang
Ming joined CDC in April 2017. Prior to joining CDC, Ming was a senior associate in the investment funds team at Ashurst LLP, focussing on private equity and private debt funds. Previously Ming trained at Dentons UKMEA LLP and qualified as a solicitor in the firm's corporate M&A team.
Ming has an undergraduate degree in Law from the University of Cambridge and completed his Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, Moorgate.
Julian joined CDC in April 2017. Prior to joining CDC, Julian spent eight years at Allen & Overy where he was a senior associate in the Project Finance department and a member of the Africa Group.
Whilst at Allen & Overy, Julian worked on a wide range of financings, specialising in energy and infrastructure assets. He was primarily based in London but spent time in Sydney and Singapore, where he worked on a number of cross-border and developing market transactions in the Asia Pacific region.
Julian trained at Allen & Overy and spent six months in the Brussels office working on several high profile competition cases before the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Julian was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 2011. He has a BA in Law with German from the University of Nottingham and a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law, London.
Leila joined CDC in August 2016. Prior to joining CDC, Leila spent three years at a European venture capital fund, focusing on life sciences and clean-tech investments.
Prior to that, she spent five years at Linklaters in the London corporate team working on a mix of private equity, private M&A and equities deals. Leila trained at Linklaters, and spent six months in the firm’s Hong Kong office during this time. She was admitted to practice as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 2011.
Leila has a degree in History from the University of Leeds, and completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP, London her and Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the College of Law, London.
Moneesha joined CDC in June 2016 from Linklaters LLP in London. Moneesha was an associate in the firm’s Energy & Infrastructure group, working on a wide range of projects including in Africa and Asia.
Moneesha also trained at Linklaters, and spent six months in the firm’s Dubai office during this time. Prior to joining Linklaters, Moneesha worked as a legal assistant at J. Sagar Associates in Mumbai.
Moneesha has an LLB from the University of Mumbai. She was admitted as an Advocate, Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa in 2010 and as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 2016.
Ximena joined CDC in November 2017 from Goodwin, where she focused primarily on private equity transactions. Prior to that, she spent a year and half at the Home Office, advising the government on immigration matters.
Ximena trained at King & Wood Mallesons (then SJ Berwin) and qualified into the firm's corporate team. During her time at SJ Berwin, Ximena completed a secondment with an investment group in Beirut, Lebanon. She was admitted to practice as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 2011.
Prior to starting her career in law, Ximena spent some time in India working for the United Nations Development Programme ("UNDP"), working for the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development ("ACTED") in Tajikistan and in Mexico City interning with the French Embassy. She has also lived in the DRC, Colombia and the Philippines.
Ximena has degrees in Political Sciences from Sciences Po Strasbourg, Paris-Sorbonne University and the London School of Economics. She completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Law at the College of Law London and Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at BPP, London.
Matthew joined CDC in August 2017. Prior to joining CDC, he worked in the Infrastructure Investments Group at JP Morgan Asset Management.
Before JP Morgan, Matthew worked as a finance lawyer at Latham & Watkins and Allen & Overy in Singapore, London and New York on transactions across various sectors in Africa and Asia.
Matthew is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales and to the Bar of the State of New York.
Louise joined CDC in September 2015. Prior to joining CDC, Louise was a legal counsel at Ignis Asset Management (part of Standard Life) and spent 11 years at Akin Gump LLP in the investment funds department. Whilst at Akin Gump, Louise focused on private equity, hedge funds and other alternative investment funds.
Louise trained at Simmons and Simmons, and was admitted to practice as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 2003.
She has a degree in English Literature from the University of Cambridge, and completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Law and Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the College of Law, York.
Abel joined CDC in August 2016.
Prior to joining CDC, Abel was a Senior Manager in EY’s International Tax team, where he spent 5 years providing tax advice to corporates and private equity funds operating or investing in the Energy sector in the UK, Africa and the Middle East. Prior to EY Abel spent 5 years working in Deloitte’s International Tax team.
Abel holds a BA in Business Economics from Middlesex University in London and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.
Jane joined CDC in June 2016 as an interim Company Secretary. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Jane’s previous roles include Company Secretary of BBC Worldwide Limited, the commercial arm of the BBC where, in addition to her Company Secretarial responsibilities, she managed the teams responsible for Ethical Sourcing and Environmental reporting; Information Security and Data Protection; and Employee Engagement.
Before joining the BBC, Jane was Group Company Secretary for Cazenove Group plc and Company Secretary for the joint venture JPMorgan Cazenove Limited; and prior to that she was Group Company Secretary for Sedgwick Group plc. In early 2015, Jane established her own consultancy focussing on culture, governance and engagement. She is also an Executive Coach.
Assistant Company Secretary
Shazia joined CDC in June 2015. Prior to joining CDC she was Company Secretary at the International Corporate Governance Network.
Shazia practiced as a Solicitor for many years, specialising in the field of Criminal Law and has an in-depth knowledge of the English Criminal Justice System.
Shazia holds an LLB (Hons) degree from the University of Wolverhampton and is admitted to practice as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales since 2004. She holds an MSc in Corporate Governance from London Southbank University and is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.
Lialah joined CDC in March 2017. Prior to this, Lialah spent 2 years as a paralegal in an African focussed real-estate company/start-up, working on projects in Angola and Namibia. She has experience in capital markets, M&A, real-estate and general corporate.
Lialah has a degree in Philosophy from the University of Manchester and the University of Sydney, and completed her Post-Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP, Manchester. She is currently completing her Post-Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice part-time at BPP, London.
PA to the Legal Team
Fritha joined the Legal team in March 2014. She has previously worked as an EA at a senior level at Warburg Pincus and Palamon Capital Partners.
Prior to this, Fritha held a number of positions working for CEOs and MDs at Guardian Financial Services, Capmark Financial Group, Fortis Bank and for senior partners at law firms, Taylor Wessing and HKFsi.
PA to the Legal team
Nilima joined the Legal team in September 2016. She first worked with the Debt team when she joined CDC in January 2015.
Previously, Nilima was a journalist specialising in financial institutions investing in renewable energy ventures and climate change initiatives in Europe, the US and India.
Nilima has a degree in English and French from the University of Birmingham.