Mr Maksim Dogonkin is a doctoral researcher at UEA and a member of the Centre for Competition Policy. He studied law at the Westminster International University in Tashkent before obtaining an LLM on International Commercial Law at the University of Essex. Before joining UEA, he practised law in Uzbekistan and Russia, advising in the areas of project finance, corporate law, competition law and M&A. His research interests lie in the development of competition law in the post-Soviet region (primarily, Russia and Uzbekistan); EU and UK competition law, with a particular emphasis on state aid and abuse of dominance; and transitional problems of former socialist countries. Maksim is fluent in Russian, has basic working knowledge of German and Uzbek.
In his doctoral thesis, Maksim explores the detrimental role of sectoral regulators (line ministries) and state-owned enterprises within the competition environment of post-Soviet countries. Of particular interest are institutional relations between state-owned enterprises, sectoral regulators and competition authorities, which affect competition neutrality.