Shahen Melikyan is an expert in international corporate and commercial law, M&A, private equity. He is the chief legal officer at Sistema Venture Capital, a Moscow based VC firm that backs growth-stage tech companies. Shahen graduated from Moscow State Law University and bears the postgraduate certificate of King’s College in the UK. He worked on M&A and PE deals in the Moscow office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Before joining Sistema Venture Capital, he also worked as an adviser for international clients on complex projects in M&A, joint ventures, arbitration. He has structured complex deals of investing in technology companies across Russia, the US, the UK, and Israel. Listed in the top-50 chief legal officers rating by the Russian business newspaper Kommersant.