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Antiguan Joins Equity Partnership

Julien HansenAntigua St. John's - After almost 10 years in the Moscow office of the world's biggest law firm, DLA Piper, Julien Hansen, 33, has joined the firm's equity partnership.

Hansen's appointment became effective on May 1, making him the youngest attorney to join the firm.

Hansen was born in Martinique, but spent his early years on the sea before settling in Antigua.

"...the first few years of my life (were spent) on my parents' sailboat around the Caribbean," he said. "We soon settled in Antigua, where I grew up. I went to St Nicholas and St Joseph's Academy. I grew up spending a lot of time on the water - sailing, diving, fishing, etc. Antigua is home."

Speaking of his accomplishment, Hansen said he never envisioned himself on this career path, having spent a lot of time on the water and in the sun.

He said this proves how unpredictable life can be.

While he is happy with his current position and the opportunity to travel around the world, he said he plans to return to Antigua to impart his knowledge.



"Moscow is a great place to be based," he said. "It's a beautiful and culturally and historically rich city, yet very modern and fun. As a transactional attorney, you can't ask for more than having a very interactive role that takes you around the world to negotiate the largest transactions."

He continued, "For now, I'm very happy where I am and doing what I'm doing. One day, I will come home to Antigua and hopefully contribute something from what I've learned during my time away. In the meantime, I will continue to fly the Antiguan flag and promote our island to everyone I meet."

Hansen thanked his parents for their love and advice and for guiding him over the years. 

His mother recently replaced the French Honorary Consul to Antigua. She also founded the Alliance Franchise in Antigua and recently founded the Club France Caraibe of Antigua & Barbuda, which works closely with the Institute of Cooperation Franco Caraibe in Guadeloupe.

Hansen's father is a retired yacht captain.

After completing his secondary school education at the St Joseph's Academy, Hansen went on to complete the International Baccalaureate in Cambridge, where he said his interest in Russian history developed.

He later went to the University of Surrey and studied Russian and law.

As part of his studies, Hansen went to study in Russia at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, the Russian diplomatic school, in 2001.

The attorney then went to the Inns of Court School of Law in London (where Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher and Mahatma Gandhi studied) in 2003.

Hansen, who said he had a soft spot for Russia, moved there full time in 2004, working for Ernst and Young. In 2005, he joined the Anglo-American law firm DLA Piper and qualified as a solicitor of England and Wales. He has a Russian wife and three-year-old daughter.

He is recommended in Legal 500, one of the leading attorney publications/rankings of the best attorneys.

Hansen specializes in mergers and acquisitions in the natural resources industry, in particular oil, gas, coal, and gold.

The 33 year old has worked in many parts of Russia, western and eastern Europe, the middle east and central Asia, in addition to countries such as Zimbabwe, South Africa, Azerbaijan, and Armenia.

DLA Piper is the biggest law firm in the world, with 4,200 attorneys and branches in more than 30 countries.


Reporting by Caribarena news, publishing by Ofer Shaked.

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My Adopted Country

#38 Observer... » 2014-06-02 17:59

It always amazes me that many Caucasian foreigners who have adopted Antigua as their home are sometimes showing more love for their adopted country than native Antiguans who when they’ve reached higher heights never look back or even acknowledge their country of birth. We should really learn to be patriotic not just in words but in deeds. Than we can truly say. Ah jah me barn. As Onion so patriotically sings his songs. Stand Up for Antigua and Barbuda, stand for who you are.
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@ Jumbee Picknee - Urban Planning For Livable Cities! PT4

#37 John French II » 2014-05-26 20:31

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! St; John's City Centre was a bustling commercial hub with people living above the shops & other enterprises. City was a "livable space". Was that a desirable? Today City Centre goes dead after sundown. Is that a "Livable City?" The City is Dark save for the few lights from shops.
Sidewalks & gutters are not engineered & built to any municipal standard. Heaven pity the Handicapped & wheelchair bound. Is that a "livable city?" One could go on & on without speaking of circulation & transportation patterns but you get the drift. Community Police, Fire Houses & EMT's where? St. John's & Environs are some 50,000 souls. Cities get charters at 20,000 souls. SJDC has not been good Stewards. Need a new dispensation!
In 2009 after the election, when folks were claiming that the Good Hon Dr. PM had done nothing for his community, this mere voice in the wilderness approached some in the inner sanctum & offered to help with what would be called "picking low hanging fruit" to provide direction & guidance "Gratis"in beautifying from Sir Vivian Richards Street all the way along Perry Bay Road to Green Bay: Improved Parking, Sidewalks, Benches, Games Tables & Plants. After much toing & froing was told that OMB had been working on Plans & they would be doing a comprehensive waterfront development. Pressed on to say that what woud be done should be temporary till the final devlopment. To date Nada! Duh Yuh See Any Ting Fe Smile Fah!
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The Future is now!

#36 Jumbee Picknee » 2014-05-26 20:14

Every plan can be amended, from it's original concept, to fit the needs of the current situation's.
John French II, I hear you loud and clear, as you are well aware, all is not lost. We have some amendments to do, however, We can still be that beacon, lighthouse which many can look to for direction into the future.
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@ Jumbee Picknee - Urban Planning For Livable Cities! PT3

#35 John French II » 2014-05-26 19:52

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! On the North East of St. John's was the Cemetary. A buffer space between the cemetary & Deanery which was The Deans Residence with Green Space running south to the White and Black Tennis Clubs - Green Space with no fences - on either side of Cross Street north of the Governor's House. East of the Governor's House was the ARG - Green Space with no fences. East of East Street - Green Space with no fences running to the fenced Botanical Gardens, east to the House of Culture & bounded by QE Highway with no fence to East Pond, the interceptor ditch along East Street was the Southern Boundary with no fences.
In Ovals along East Street/Camacho's Ave was a wide green buffer space to the west. A drive or walk along now Independence Ave - my bad will confirm this. South of Drake Street and north of Dam Gutter was the Portuguese Tennis Courts. It is on that abandonned "Pasture" with the Willow trees that Vivi & Merv honed their skills. In the centre of Ovals south of Charles Edwards Warehouse was another Green Space. Be reminded that this is before Villa, Gambles, Campsite, Michaels Village & Ottos New Town were planned & developed. South Of Perry Bay, East of Grays Farm & North of Kentish Village was King George Grounds - Green space with no fences. That was the City's Masterplan. Duh Yuh See any Ting Fe Smile Fah? Get more info from BT Lewis & Hendy Simon one of A&B's best engineering minds - teaches freely in Barbuda.
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@ Jumbee Picknee - Urban Planning For Livable Cities! PT2

#34 John French II » 2014-05-26 19:15

On to the St. John's Master Plan! The City is laid out on a Grid from Back Street to Tanner Street & East Street to the Docks. Being very diliberate in names & conventions to engage the Youth with those free Ipads. Wide Roads run east to west to the docks to carry commerce to and fro. Roads were built to carry 1 in 5 to 10 year floods when fully filled with water. All storm water flowed by gravity to the sea. 3 major storm ditches run east to west to the sea & 1 interector runs north/south along East Street with Weirs & oversspills to catch sediment & debris - to be cleaned weekly empting into a large Retention Pond - West Country Pond. A major storm ditch was at Back Street - Labour Day 2013 it rained, the ditch could not handle the water because the hydraulics had been compromised due lack of maintenance & poorly designed & built structures alongs its route. West of Popeshead Street, north & south for atleast 100 yds on either side were flooded. Another was at Tanner Street - have you looked recently at how this has broken apart? East Pond which was buit to take all of the run off from the Green Space, Botanical Gardens & hills which now house Parliament & ABEC, The Catholic Church & North Of Michaels Mount, is the retention pond to control the flooding before emptying th waters into West Pond then to Tanner Strret Gutter to the Sea. On the south was Dam Gutter with a true engineerd Dam to hold water before spiling it into the ditch to the sea,
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@ Jumbee Picknee - Urban Planning For Livable Cities!

#33 John French II » 2014-05-26 18:17

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! Never Take It Personal. When this commenter adresses a question to anyone, it is done out of Respect to the individual named. Questions and comments are meant for all who wish to read. Kindly note that JF does not engage to be argumentative or vexatious. Have experienced too much joy in getting things done, academically, professionally, socially, spiritually, publicly and privately to pass on pain & grief to others.
Let's reload! I am sure you know of Lady Nugent! At AGS had to cross through Lady Nugent to get to Top Field where we played First Class Cricket. Given what was done in the desecration of Lady Nugent Cemetary with the roadway and YASCO will never use the road or attend events at YASCO. Do our youth know or care about that? I will concede that you also know of Eve's Garden. There is a paved plaza north of the Market, where once was a Cemetary - Eve's Garden. JF will never trespass! Who knows or care's a Fig? Where is the Respect for Our Ancestors? Imagine the Stink if some North Atlantic had done that! In the US, do you see any Resting Places, Memorial Gardens, "Happy Hunting Grounds" or Cemetaries as unkept as on the Rock! St. John's Cemetary planned and developed as part of a Master Plan for St. Johns is overcrowed and filled, yet the Politico's do not see the Urgenncy to either find another site or to develop another burial system/process for the existing site. "Duh U See any ting fe smile fah?"
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@John French II

#32 Jumbee Picknee » 2014-05-26 11:59

Mac said to me, and I am not paraphrasing, there are plans, designs, etc for the proper development of Our Nation, they simply sit on shelves collecting dust, while analysts get paid to a do the same thing over and over and over. Surveys are taken regarding the same issues, over and over and over again.
This is stagnation, the main issue which causes St. John's, Parham etc to be in demise, according to your report. I have not seen it physically, as it was happening, but I saw it in my visions. I know, that if I plant a tree or graph two species and do not nurture it, the chances of it's survival is greatly diminished.

Jah Guide in One Positive Love, Aim, Destiny...
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@John French II

#31 Jumbee Picknee » 2014-05-26 11:52

After several years, Teddy had saved enough money, so he bought a car and started driving instead of walking, soon after, the sale of his meatballs dropped, and it wasn't because, they weren't any good, it was because Antiguans felt, he was making to much money, therefore, they stopped supporting him.'
Question for you John French II, 'did this scenario play out in the case of the owners of Paris Pizza?'
Teddy was an example of the Antigua's Entrepreneur. He was leading his People to the water/money well to drink from. Yet, they refused to recognize this. I don't, and can never blame anyone, other than me for my demise, and so too, should the Citizens of the Nation, when they take a look at the present condition of St. John's, Parham, etc.
Now, putting 'the horse before the cart', I will interject here, and say, a well designed cart with a hitch in the front and back would not bother the horse, as long as, it's been guided in the right direction.
I had several conversations with Mac Emanuel, and in one of those conversation's, I asked him, "Mac, why does it take so long for projects to be completed? Why don't we have the proper designs for infrastructure/Urban Planning? Why so many projects, have these huge cost overruns?"
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@John French II

#30 Jumbee Picknee » 2014-05-26 11:24

I never lost hope for my Nation or its People, even after coming to this realization. I knew, that change is inevitable, and time is the Master of all things.
I will now, relate to you, a synopsis of 'Teddy de meatball Man.'
I once again returned to Antigua, in 2001 and stayed until 2005. I rode the local buses to Old Road, to St. Phillips, to Potters, All Saints etc, I learnt 'chamil fishing,' from Cousin Peter on Alfred Peter's Street, I engulfed myself in the belly of Our Nation, to understand the why's, how's, when's, what if's, etc. Immediately after the 2004 General Elections, I was 'liming' at Millet's Shop in Villa, a delivery truck from was dropping supplies off, and I engaged the salesman who happened to be a Grenadian. I asked him,
"How is it, working in Antigua?"
He replied, "Great, me no hab no problem?"
"So, why do you think, that Antiguans are so upset at foreigners?"
He looked me straight in the eyes and said, (in the essence of time, I will use English, rather, than Dialect)..."Ras, I know how you as a Rastaman think, but Antiguans, have a thing against, other Antiguans. I will tell you the story of 'Teddy de Meatball Man,' I know Teddy for years, when he would make his meatballs, and walk from Cooks Hill to Back Street and sell them.
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@John French II

#29 Jumbee Picknee » 2014-05-26 11:07

Greetings in the name of H.I.M., Emperor Haile Selassie I.
You ask the questions, 'where are the trained Urban Planners? Do you see anything Fe smile fah?
To be honest and frank, even though I am not King Frank I, I have not physically set foot on the island of Antigua in Eight(8) short years. In thought's and Spirit/Jumbee, I do on a daily basis, as memories of the natural beauty of this Island engulfs my Being, heightening my emotions positively.
The reason's, for not visiting Antigua are many. Think of these saying's, "you can lead the horse to the water, but, you can't make it drink," "you should never, put the horse before the cart." Taking the first statement, I am one of those Antiguan's who have always returned, with a 'Sense of Purpose' even after being engulfed in another Culture, i.e. the American. After, I returned for the first time in the early 1980's, I quickly realized, the 'fresh-water yankee , the dutty-boy, dutty-foot, a who he tink e be' thought processes which is very pervasive in Our Culture would cause the kind of deterioration of which you now speak, regarding St. John's, Parham, etc. Wisdom, taught me like 'A Lotus.'
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Respect due

#28 Jaba » 2014-05-26 09:12

The man claim Antigua as his home so let him be, soon as we antiguans get to the US we start call our selfs American, I respect this man for his accomplishments and hope to one day get as qualified as him
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@Nimby Antiguan et al

#27 oversee » 2014-05-26 06:40

Good you can confirm who the gentleman is. In no way was I implying anything negative about him, merely trying to feel comfortable that he is who he says he is. If I gave that impression then I was misunderstood and wish him the very best!
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old friend

#26 eztunes » 2014-05-26 04:24

Julien and I were at Academy together. He arrived in Antigua when he was 4 years old. Nobody can doubt that he is Antiguan and loves Antigua.

His parents had nothing to do with Paris Pizza. His parents had Dalila shop and Cafe Club (later Julian's) restaurant in town. His father spend 10 years on Barbuda and Julien was there a lot too.

His family is still in Antigua and he spends about 6 weeks here every year.

Congrats old friend!
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Congrats To Mr. Julien Hansen & All The Forgotten!

#25 John French II » 2014-05-25 23:08

Notes From A Native Son OF The Rock! The Brethren & Sistren at Eve's Garden, Lady Nugent, Crumps & Otto's Pasture issued not a word.

Friends, CountryWomen, Rastas "To whom much is given, much is expected!"
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His mother recently replaced the French Honorary Consul to Antigua. She also founded the Alliance Franchise in Antigua and recently founded the Club France Caraibe of Antigua & Barbuda, which works closely with the Institute of Cooperation Franco Caraibe in Guadeloupe.Hansen's father is a retired yacht captain
Pompey filled in the gaps.

As Bilay would say "Coo Gud Food, Tan Up!" If it pleases, "Congrats to the Young Mr. Julien Hansen!"

Tenman, can you repost your words of congratulations to the heir of ACT?

Jumbee Picknee, Take a look at St. John's, Parham , English Harbour and Falmouth. Do you see anything Fe smile fah?

In St. John's & Parham, you see the death of a "Livable City"! Where are the trained Urban Planners?

This was carried on GoAB's website.

http://www.ab.gov.ag/article_details.php?id=4824&category=38

Not a peep on any of the News Portals whose only news articles emanate from GoAB's pages.

This is a Young Nation chock full of Lawyers but devoid of Urban Planners.

We are neither fish nor fowl!

Oh Gad! Pray Wid Mi Fuh Mi Picknee!
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Congratulations are in order

#24 Skyewill » 2014-05-25 19:01

If we are to live in a society where ALL benefit because of how hard they work. Then it should not matter where you are from or anything they can not humanly control. it is also important to consider the views of others because they have reasons they feel the way they do. However, we should treat others as we would like to be treated. God bless the young man and his family.
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de clapwhip

#23 Jumbee Picknee » 2014-05-25 18:25

Mr. Pompey, Sir, please excuse me, I'm just reminiscing on how my grandparents would respond to some of the 'negative feedback,' yes, I know, everyone has one, and is entitled too; but as OUTOFANTIGUA says, "You have to fight fire with fire, at times." As you know, sometimes, dealing with Our own, it's similar to a fire department been called to a gas station fire, and all the trucks arrive with water and no foam truck.
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CONGRATULATION JULIEN

#22 GRAY FARM MAN » 2014-05-25 18:18

JULIEN, ignore the negative swipes that may come across here. Your mother Christen and your Dad have much to be proud of. I know very well. When a number of Antiguans from a local bank went to Russia to promote business about two or so years ago you were most helpful to them and it was because of you their trip was label successful. When you and your family were in Antigua last Christmas I was pleased to see you. I have called you many times in Moscow seeking your help for this Country. Congratulation, I am proud of you. See you on your next visit.
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RE: Antiguan Joins Equity Partnership

#21 Oh wow! » 2014-05-25 17:59

Small world... If his parents ran Pari's Pizza, Halcyon Heights... what memories I have of that place growing up. I am Antiguan, local, born and bred, but my parents took us their almost every birthday for their famous pizza and I have not forgotten the taste, best pizza up to this day. Just the other day I wished there were alot more places like that here. Places where memories can be made. That place helped to fill my otherwise challenging childhood with joy. Congrats to you sir!
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THE HANSEN'S- WONDER FAMILY

#20 RAWLSTON POMPEY » 2014-05-25 16:28

Steady Picknee.

Checked in his parents Roland and Mrs. Hansen yacht through the Nelson Dockyard Immigration, " ...then Police Controlled."

Subsequently posted on Barbuda, the family of three (Julien and parents) arrived. They had residency and gainful employment at the K-Club.

Parents operated the " ...Paris Piazza Parlor" at Halcyon Heights. Have not seen them for awhile.

Congratulations on your " ...achievements."
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RE: Antiguan Joins Equity Partnership

#19 Telluride » 2014-05-25 16:10

Do not know you.Never heard of you.Congratulations none the less and continue to promote Antigua and Barbuda every chance that you get.Hard work pays off sometimes.However I am a believer in working hard and smart to achieve ones goals.There are many more Antiguans and Barbudans out there in positions note worthy.They just work under the radar to achieve their greatness.We need to promote ourselves and country more often publicly.Good luck.
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RE: Antiguan Joins Equity Partnership

#18 Morris » 2014-05-25 15:28

Congratulations to Mr. Hansen! I truly appreciate your love and passion for our beloved ANU. Your success is a manifestation of what hard work and dedication can do for an individual. God bless!
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biggest law firm

#17 antiguanNY » 2014-05-25 14:42

I also confirm. Biggest by revenue, but also by number of offices and headcount. Impressive stuff
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response to antiguan abroad

#16 antiguan abroad2 » 2014-05-25 14:24

Yes it is the largest law firm by revenue.
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Proud

#15 JD » 2014-05-25 14:07

His parents are obviously very proud of him, and rightly so - and why not fly the flag of A&B by association proudly too, regardless of when and how he came here, what colour he is etc, if he feels Antiguan then so be it. To the nasty prejudiced comments here - remember, we or our ancestors all made it here from elsewhere by some means of transport at some point of other and made this our home...
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Well Done

#14 Antiguan » 2014-05-25 13:45

Nothing to worry about. I know him and his family over 25 years
congratulations Julien.
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RE: Antiguan Joins Equity Partnership

#13 oversee » 2014-05-25 13:27

Without doubting this man's credentials I'd like to know if anybody remembers or know of him from his school days in Antigua? Someone should, after all he's only 33 years old. Another thing thing that bothers me is the Moscow connection, we can't be too careful and must sleep with our eyes wide open. Maybe I'm being a bit over cautious but we've had our fingers burnt too often in the past. Let's hope he's the real goods!
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@Nonsense

#12 Two Cents » 2014-05-25 12:08

You are an idiot and a racist! Imagine Antiguans of a different race having to see your comment. Your user name suits you perfectly.
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stop trying to put your own in a box

#11 tenman » 2014-05-25 11:55

Well said Meigo Man and Jumbee Picknee. Its only a people who do not have confidence in themselves who try to keep things stagnant


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...Caribarena, a wah so?

#10 Jumbee Picknee » 2014-05-25 11:35

@ Caribarena, ok, instead of "fowl **..." can I say..."dem chat, lakka dem nyam "fowl behind..."
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hue...what hue?

#9 Jumbee Picknee » 2014-05-25 11:29

"Until, the philosophy which holds one Race superior and another, inferior;
until, the color/hue of a man skin is of no more significance, than the color/hue of his eyes; until, the basic human rights are met regardless to cla$$, color/hue, creed... there will be war's, and rumors of wars."

I have no idea, as to who you are Julien, but, as long as, you keep promoting Our Nation in a positive light, more power to you. The Global Economy which we live in and have been living in for Centuries is NOT just Antigua, Barbuda & Redonda. Once, we as a People/humans begin to see individuals in the true light of their Spirit's, then and only then, will we be closer to a just Society, and in Our Nation, a more productive Society...

dem dat barn ya, barn dey, hardly a do any ting positive fu de country, except fu chat, chat, chat, chat, chat...grannie, grannie, grannie, any fowl ** leff, dem dun buy off all inna de shap...
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politically incorrect

#8 Nonsence » 2014-05-25 10:43

So this is the new face of Antigua & Barbuda? Every little black boy and girl should grow up to be just like this guy. There is nothing Antiguan about this guy.
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RE: Antiguan Joins Equity Partnership

#7 Plaid Mongoose » 2014-05-25 10:37

Maybe he can come back to Antigua and prosecute the Stanford fraud. Oh, I forgot, no Antiguan laws were broken!
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Congrats

#6 Two Cents » 2014-05-25 09:49

Antigua could use your expertise
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Congrats!

#5 Meigo Man » 2014-05-25 07:50

Nice of you to remember Antigua and Barbuda! Some who were born here forget the rock as soon as they get the green card. Dem even forget their dialect!

Crab haffu bite em fu dem remember tings local! "Queeze ee eye!"
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RE: Antiguan Joins Equity Partnership

#4 Wing Wang » 2014-05-25 07:33

He look like Asot .Asot is a french man too..
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RE: Antiguan Joins Equity Partnership

#3 Antiguan Abroad » 2014-05-25 06:42

FYI - DLA Piper is not "the world's biggest law firm". In fact, it is quite small in comparison Skadden Arps and others.

Congrats to the young man.
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Antiguan Joins Equity Partnership

#2 NIMBY » 2014-05-25 06:29

Hmmm...Born in Martinique, and his family settled in Antigua. He has made something of himself so he is one of ours? We need to remember contributions that individuals like Julien make on a global scale before we slag "foreigners" off or enact policies to disenfranchise them. Congratulations to Julien and his family for hopefully teaching us a valuable lesson in the benefits of hard work, tolerance and what we can achieve as a nation. EACH endeavouring ALL achieving!
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RE: Antiguan Joins Equity Partnership

#1 Ronin Ethiopia » 2014-05-25 05:12

Who is this guy, who are his parents? What brought the family to Antigua. Since he considers himself Antiguan, why don't we use his love of country to officially help us in Russia?
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