Mark is the Chief Legal Officer of British International Investment plc (BII) (formerly, CDC Group plc), the UK Government’s development finance institution and impact investor. BII invests debt and equity in and provides project, supply chain and trade finance to private sector businesses in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.
As an impact investor, BII seeks to be productive, inclusive and sustainable. It invests to raise the productivity of economies so that they can support a decent living for all. It invests to help transform economies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, protect the environment and adapt to the changing climate. It also invests to share the benefits of higher productivity and greater sustainability with poor and marginalised sections of society
Mark oversees BII’s legal, regulatory and tax affairs leading a team of 30 legal and tax professionals, who have advised on/supported every BII investment since 2006. Prior to joining BII, Mark worked as Legal Counsel at Gartmore Investment Management and 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. Prior to his Asian sojourn, Mark practiced law as a partner in a London law firm.
Mark presently chairs the Legal and Regulatory Council of Global Private Capital Association (GPCA), formerly Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA), having sat on its board in the past. He also co-chairs the Legal and Regulatory Committee of the African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (AVCA) and serves on the UK Regional Board of GAIL, the legal network for impact lawyers.
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.