Mark Kenderdine-Davies

Chief Legal Officer

Mark is CDC’s Chief Legal Officer with oversight of the company’s legal, regulatory and tax affairs. Mark joined CDC in 2006 as its General Counsel/Company Secretary and has built a high-calibre team of lawyers, tax executives and a corporate secretariat, which has advised on/supported every CDC investment since then.

Under Mark’s leadership, the team has negotiated debt, direct equity, intermediated equity and mezzanine, project, supply chain and trade finance investments and risk participations in CDC’s target markets. Mark has also served on our private funds investment committee.


Mark joined us from Gartmore Investment Management where he was Legal Counsel. Prior to that, he was Legal Counsel at Threadneedle Asset Management. From 1994 to 2002, Mark lived and worked in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar as General Counsel/Senior Investment Executive at Indochina Asset Management. Before heading to Asia, Mark practiced law as a partner in a London law firm.


Mark has an LLB (Hons) from the University of Liverpool, 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.


He also serves as a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Legal and Regulatory Council of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA), as a member of the Legal and Regulatory Committee of the African Venture Capital Association (AVCA) and as a member of the Advisory Council of ESELA, the legal network for social impact.