Louis Skyner is a partner of the law firm Dentons, working in both the firm’s London and Tashkent offices. He is a member of the firm’s global energy practice.
His oil & gas practice has involved advising international oil companies on their participation in upstream and downstream projects in Russia & the CIS, project sponsors on the negotiation of finance and project documents, and project operators on a variety of contractual and regulatory issues. In terms of his power practice he is currently advising the project sponsors and operators of a variety of renewable power generation projects across the CIS, principally solar and hydro, on their structuring and financing, and on the negotiation of key project documents. Finally, and specific to Uzbekistan, he is advising the State Investment Committee on the development of a public investment management policy.
In addition to this work, Louis has authored numerous articles on energy market regulation, economics and politics, from 2005 to 2011 as an associate fellow at Chatham House in London, from 2012 to 2014 as adjunct professor of the New Economic School in Moscow, from 2015 to 2016 as associate professor of the European University in St Petersburg, and, from 2017 as an associate fellow of the Central Asian Forum at the University of Cambridge. He was awarded a PhD by Cambridge University in 2002, having graduated from Oxford University with a 1st Class honours degree in 1994. It was whilst studying at Oxford University that he developed his interest in Uzbekistan, studying the journey of Alexander of Macedon along the Silk Road.