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  December 2005 
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  • New/Renewing Members
  • GABA News
  • Member News
  • Job Board
  • GABA Affiliates
  • GABA Industry Groups







  • Thank you for your interest in the German American Business Association of California (GABA-CA)!

    GABA's monthly eNewsletter features information about German-American business in California and Germany.

    GABA was recently featured in the German magazine "Markt & Technik", click here to read the article "Die Welt als Dorf".

    GABA Events in December
    GABA East Bay Stammtisch
    Thursday, Dec 1st, 7 pm
    Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA 94501
    For more information and to RSVP, please contact aschleyer02@yahoo.com.

    GABA-CA Business Finance Climate 2006: A Perspective from German-American Venture
    Tuesday, December 6th, 6-9 pm
    German Consulate General, 1960 Jackson Street (at Gough), San Francisco, 94109
    GABA-CA and the German Consulate present this opportunity to meet leading international venture capital and private equity fund managers from Europe, Germany and the U.S. who will share their views of next year's overall financial climate and funding for international technology companies. We will celebrate the close of this year in the beautiful surroundings of the German Consulate in San Francisco. For more info and to RSVP, please contact events@gaba-ca.org.

    GABA - SoCal Shares The Holiday Spirit With The German Mixer
    Wed, Dec 7th, 2005 from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Sutra Lounge, (1870 Harbor Blvd. in the Triangle Square in Costa Mesa. The Sutra Lounge is on the second level)
    The German American Business Association (GABA), in cooperation with the German Mixer, invites you to a FREE holiday networking evening at the Sutra Lounge in Costa Mesa. While open to everyone, this event is primarily a business and social forum for Germans, Austrians, Swiss, and our American friends and business partners in Southern California. For more event or payment info, please contact Boris von Bormann at socal@gaba-ca.org or call (949) 266-5829.

    GABA-Berlin Stammtisch
    Thursday, December 15th, 7 pm
    Habel Weinkultur, Luisenstrasse 19, Berlin (www.wein-habel.de)
    Free to attend; for more information and to RSVP, please contact ulli-kohl@questico.de.

    GABA-Hamburg Stammtisch
    Friday, Decmber 16th, 7 pm
    Hamburg Business Club, Oberstrasse 14, Hamburg (www.hhbc.de)
    Free to attend; for more information and to RSVP, please contact holger.ritter@boeing.com.

    GABA Bay Area Stammtisch
    Wednesday, December 21st, 7 pm
    Teskes-Germania Restaurant, 255 N. First Street, San Jose, CA
    No RSVP needed; free to attend. For directions, call (650) 326-1020.

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    New/Renewing Members
    Patron member:
    PSD Group GmbH - www.psdgroup.com (Dr. Christina Hoefner)

    Individual Member:
    Prof. Wolfgang Hausen
    Mr. Mark Dillen
    Mr. Wolfgang Schubert
    Mr. Michael Herrler

    Student Member:
    Tammy Sanders

    For information on how to become a GABA Member, or to sign up online, please visit our website or contact membership@gaba- network.org.

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    GABA News
    Linda Kotzot Cleary, GABA Director and VP Marketing for the Board, has joined Cooley Godward LLP as Marketing Specialist at the Palo Alto office. In addition to supporting GABA's overall marketing, events, and affiliate and partnership initiatives, she supports Cooley's firm-wide marketing and business development activities, particularly the German Practice Group. Linda was previously GABA-CA President from 2003-2005.

    Member News
    Peter J. Kalis, Chair of the Management Committee of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP (K&LNG), has been named by Los Angeles-based Lawdragon Magazine as one of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America. Other prominent lawyers selected to the Lawdragon list include Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia, David Souter, John Paul Stevens, and Clarence Thomas; Attorney General Alberto Gonzales; Professors Arthur Miller and Laurence Tribe of the Harvard Law School and Kathleen Sullivan of the Stanford Law School; General Electric general counsel Brackett Denniston; Marian Wright Edelman of the Children's Defense Fund; and legendary dealmakers Marty Lipton and Ira Millstein of New York and Larry Sonsini of the Silicon Valley.

    Patron Corporate Member MaCS is hosting a webinar with the topic "Avoiding the pitfalls of online marketing in Europe", on December 6 at 9.30 am. This event is a must for all American marketers who do any online marketing in Europe. Marketing experts form Italy, UK, and Germany will provide local insight on online communication best practice and lawyer Stephen Groom, Osborne Clarke, UK will unveil the myths of legal regulations related to online marketing in different European countries. This event is cosponsored by Business Marketing Association (BMA) Northern California. More information and registration at: http://www.macs- us.com/newsflash2/

    The German International School of Sílicon Valley (GISSV) in Mountain View, 310 Easy Street, announces its open school day for elementary and secondary school (grades 1-12) for December 8th from 9:00-12:00am. Parents of 1st graders in 2006/2007 and older students who are interested in a high quality bilingual education (German/English) are very welcome to have a look into the classrooms and to set up appointments with the principal and teachers. More information: www.gissv.org

    Premium Corporate Member Cooley Godward LLP welcomes Mathias Möschel as its new associate in their Palo Alto office. He received an LL.M. degree from University of California, Berkeley - Boalt Hall School of Law in 2005. Prior work experiences include lecturing Italian law at Universite Paris II, Pantheon-Assas and working in the public procurement department of the European Commission's Joint Research Center. Cooley Godward's German Practice Group members also include Mathias Alder, Oliver Breme, Stefanie Raue Chalberg and Daniel Zimmermann.

    Job Board
    The German International School of Sílicon Valley (GISSV) in Mountain View, 310 Easy Street, is looking for a Diplom Sozialpädagogin/staatlich anerkannte Erzieherin. More information: www.gissv.org.

    Premium Member Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA) is looking for an Intern. The appropriate person for this position is responsible for performing a variety of general administrative tasks to support the President and his assistant, as listed below. The appropriate person for this job is stable, energetic, multi-tasked and able to handle a very fast-paced work environment within the Porsche Motorsport/Racing Division. Visit GABA career services for more information or contact vera@porschemotorsport.com.

    CAREER OPPORTUNITIES INTERNATIONAL invites MBA students and Alumni (or European University Graduates) in Greater San Francsico - Northern California Area or Greater Los Angeles - Southern California Area to meet with Top Executives of a multinational manufacturer and distributor of a world leading brand of small machinery for immediate consideration for a career path leading to top management positions. Dates are December 9th in Los Angeles and December 16th in San Francisco. Visit GABA career services for more information or contact sfarrell@careeropsinternational.c om.

    GABA Affiliates

    GABA aligns with non-profit organizations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, California an beyond to encourage international business, trade, and foster transatlantic knowledge-share.

    American Council on Germany (www.acgusa.org)
    British American Business Council Northern California (www.babcsf.org).
    California Association of Germany (www.caog.de)
    French-American Chamber of Commerce (www.faccsf.com)
    German Mixer (www.GermanMixer.com)
    Hamburg@Work (www.hamburg-media.net)
    Monterey Bay International Trade Association (www.mbita.org)
    Silicon Valley Association for Startup Entrepreneurs, International Chapter (SVASEi) (www.svase.org/international )
    Silicon Valley - China Wireless Technology Association (www.svcwireless.org)
    Silicon Valley RFID Group (www.groups.yahoo.com/group/s v_rfid)
    Silicon Valley Center for International Trade Development (SVCITD) (www.svcitd.org)
    Women's Calendar (www.womenscalendar.org)

    GABA Industry Groups

    GABA's industry groups (IG's) provide resources and networking opportunities specific to each industry:

    Life Sciences IG
    Dedicated to enabling and fostering alliance networks between German and US life science companies. IG Life Sciences features an event series "Learn and Delight" in California Bay Area to facilitate the networking in the life science community. A panel discussion with industry experts highlights significant life sciences topics and is accompanied by a Gourmet tasting. Visit our website for more information.

    Semiconductor - IT IG
    Germany and the US are two of the leading manufacturers and consumers of semiconductors, with exciting opportunities for business development and exchange of knowledge, to build on existing relationships and shape new ones. Visit our website for more information.

    Telecommunications IG
    Dedicated to facilitating business, trade, and exchange between Californian and German companies in the areas of fixed and mobile communication and digital media, educating members of the business community on both sides of the Atlantic in telecom and communication-related topics, and deepening the understanding among them about the state and development of the markets in Europe and the U.S. More information coming soon to our website.

    Media & Entertainment IG
    Activities and events supporting the Californian and German media and entertainment industries.To find our more, please visit our website

    Human Resources IG
    The group's objective is to enable companies and individuals alike to stay abreast of current employment trends, compensation issues, corporate governance, legal developments, immigration/visa trends and "best practices". For more detailed information, please go to our website.

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