Shahen Melikyan is the chief legal officer of Sistema VC, a venture firm focused on investments in early-stage tech companies. Over a five-year period, Shahen worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, a UK 'magic circle' law firm, where he specialized in corporate law, M&A and private equity. He also worked as a general counsel at a large CIS business group. Shahen graduated from Moscow State Law University and earned a postgraduate certificate from the Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London.