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Profile: Harriet Michel

 
  

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January 1, 2004      Haiti Coup

       Seventy wealthy Haitians and Haitian-Americans officially launch Haiti's first investment bank, PromoCapital. The bank, a 50/50 joint-venture between Haitian and US shareholders, consists of two institutions: PromoCapital Haiti, SA—incorporated in Haiti as a “Soci�t� Financi�re de D�veloppement” —and PromoCapital USA, Inc,—a corporation registered in the state of Delaware. [PromoCapital Press Release, 4/2/2004; USA Today, 4/29/2004] The bank's headquarters are in Petionville, Haiti with representative offices in Washington DC and Aventura, Florida. [PromoCapital Press Release, 4/2/2004; USA Today, 4/29/2004] Its founder, Dumarsais Sim�us, who owns a large food-processing business in Texas, says the bank's investors hope to see annual returns on their investment in the mid- or high teens. He is also the chair of PromoCapital USA. Henri Deschamps, a prominent Port-au-Prince printing and media executive, is the chairman of PromoCapital Haiti. [PromoCapital Press Release, 4/2/2004; USA Today, 4/29/2004] Of the 70 names included on the list of PromoCapital shareholders, nine—Frederic Madsen, Gilbert Bigio, Gregory Brandt, Marc-Antoine Acra, Monique Bigio, Olivier Acra, Ronald Georges, Reuven Bigi, and Sebastien Acra—appear on a US Treasury Department list of people and organizations whose assets had been blocked by the US Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control under the Clinton Administration, until 1994. [Sources: Office of Foreign Assets Control Listing of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Entities since December 7, 1993] And one of them, Hans Tippenhauer, had told The Washington Post on February 23 that the Haitians had enthusiastically greeted the paramilitary rebel forces as “freedom fighters.” [The Washington Post, 2/24/2004]
People and organizations involved: May Parisien, Laurence Bigio, Yael Bigio-Garoute, Marc-Antoine Acra, Magdalah Silva, Laurent Pierre-Philippe, Kimberly Simeus, Reuven Bigio, Vanessa Dickey, Monique Bigio, Reginald Villard, Serge Parisien, Julio Bateau, Régynald Heurtelou, Rudolph Berrouët, Rudolph Moise, Ronald Georges, Michael Gay Sr., Patrick Moynihan, Steeve Handal, Sebastien Acra, The Simeus Foundation, Serge Pinard, Nadege Tippenhauer, Patrice Backer, Patrick Delatour, Olivier Acra, Patrick Tardieu, Jacques Deschamps Fils, Joseph Baptiste, Daniele Jean-Pierre, Esq., Dimy Doresca, Dumarsais M. Siméus, Elda James, Esq., Elisabeth Delatour, Daniel Silva, Florence Bellande Robertson, Emmanuel Francois, Frantz Bourget, Daniel Rouzier, Carlet Auguste, PromoCapital, Caroline Racine, Axan Abellard, Albert Levy, Frederic Madsen, Fred Tony, Fritz Fougy, Jean-Henry Céant, Jean-Marie Wolff, Jean-Pierre Saint-Victor, Jean-Robert Vertus, Jerry Tardieu, Herve Francois, Jon Robertson, Joelle Coupaud, Henry Paul, Henri Deschamps, Hendrik Verwaay, Georges J. Casimir, Gary Jean-Baptiste, Gabrielle Alexis, Esq., Josseline Colimon-Féthière, Gerd Pasquet, Gregory Brandt, Gilbert Bigio, Harriet Michel, Hans Tippenhauer, Yves Joseph, Emile Corneille  Additional Info 
          


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