Chief Legal Officer
As CDC’s Chief Legal Officer, Mark leads the company’s legal and tax team and provides counsel to CDC’s board and executive management on CDC’s legal, regulatory and tax affairs. Mark also manages the company’s relationships with its external legal and tax counsel and establishes its international subsidiaries.
Mark joined CDC in 2006 to build the company’s legal, tax and corporate secretarial capabilities. He leads a high-calibre team of creative, commercially-minded lawyers and tax specialists, who counsel the company on every investment. Under Mark’s leadership, the team has negotiated corporate debt, direct equity, intermediated equity, mezzanine finance, project finance, supply chain finance and trade finance investments and risk participation arrangements in the less developed countries of Africa and Asia.
His recent activities include advising on our recapitalisation by the Department for International Development; a joint venture with Coller Capital to develop the Indian private equity secondaries market; the creation of MedAccess, a social finance company, to increase access to low-cost medical products and services; and commitments to private equity funds targeting impactful, high growth businesses and infrastructure investments in Africa. Mark also has a deep interest in our South East Asian portfolio given his connection with the region.
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 and as a Director at an investment company. Mark started his career as a solicitor before becoming a partner in a 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. He is also a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Legal and Regulatory Council of the Washington-DC based Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) and a member of the Legal and Regulatory Committee of the African Venture Capital Association (AVCA).