Shant is responsible for originating and structuring new direct investments and co-investments across a range of sectors. Shant is a member of the Investment Committee. Prior to Lion Cao, Shant was a Vice President at Columbus Nova Partners where he focused on investments across a range of sectors including real estate, private equity, structured credit, media and entertainment and distressed assets. Columbus Nova invests capital on behalf of the Renova Group, an $18BN Russian industrial conglomerate led by Viktor Vekselberg. Shant was part of the founding team that grew assets under management from $26M in 2003 to approximately $2.5BN when he left in 2009. Shant served on the Boards of a number of portfolio companies of Columbus Nova.