Saturday, September 17, 2016

From Last Year's Class: Mark Opansiuk

Over the next few weeks, we would like to provide updates on what our formers students are doing, and in particular, check in with the LL.M. students from the 2015-16 class.  We begin with Mark Opanasuik, a Fulbright Scholar and attorney from Ukraine.

As we reported earlier, Mark was selected to participate in the Edmund S. Muskie Summer Internship Program after he completed his classes. He worked with an agricultural law firm in Iowa, gaining valuable practice experience.

Then, at the end of August, it was time to head back to Ukraine. As you can see from the photo at Borispol airport in Kyiv, Ukraine, Mark's friends and family were delighted to welcome him back!

Mark Opanisuik & Halyna Mykhaliuk

Mark made it home in time to attend the annual Yalta European Strategy Conference (YES) in Kyiv. This conference provides an open platform to explore new ideas and exchange views on European, Ukrainian and global development. It brings together over 350 politicians, diplomats, statesmen, journalists, analysts and business leaders from more than 50 countries. At the conference, Mark was able to connect in person with Professor Halyna Mykhaliuk from the Kyiv-Mohyla University. Professor Mykhaliuk was a guest lecturer by video-conference in Professor Kelley's course last Spring, Introduction to Agricultural & Food Law in the EU. They are both pictured here at the conference.

On September 26, Mark will begin work in the legal department of Milkiland, an international diversified dairy business with its core operations in the CIS and EU. The
Milkiland Group is controlled by Kazakh, Polish, other EU, U.S. and Ukrainian investors through the Dutch public holding company Milkiland N.V., listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Their production assets are located in Russia, Ukraine and Poland, with annual milk processing capacity exceeding 1 million tons. In July, they announced a new contract to export dry milk products produced in Ukrainian facilities to the People's Republic of China.

Mark will work on international corporate, commercial and finance projects in the legal department in Milkiland's Ukrainian office. Congratulations, Mark!

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