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  June 2005 
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  • 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, information about our membership network, and business opportunities.

    GABA Events in June
    GABA Bay Area Stammtisch
    Wednesday, June 15th, 7:00 pm
    Teskes-Germania Restaurant, 225 N. First Street, San Jose
    Gunther Hofmann hosts this monthly meeting for casual conversation and the chance to expand your network. No RSVP needed; free to attend. For directions, please call (650) 326-1020.

    Erfolgreiche Kommunikation in den USA
    Freitag, 17. Juni, 17:00 - 19:00
    Hamburger Business Club, Oberstrasse 14c, Hamburg
    GABA-Hamburg und Hamburg@Work praesentieren ein weiteres deutsch- sprachiges Kurz-Seminar, diesmal gehalten von Stefan Matthies, Executive Coach und Trainer für interkulturelles Management in den USA und in Deutschland. Anhand von praktischen Beispielen wird demonstriert, wie eine gute Vorbereitung auf die amerikanische Geschaeftskultur zum Erfolg fuehren kann. Teilnahmegebuehren: GABA/Hamburg@Work/Förderkreis Multimedia Mitglieder - 30 Euro; Nicht-Mitglieder - 50 Euro (in bar vor Ort zu entrichten). Bitte melden Sie sich bis zum 15. Juni 2005 verbindlich an bei Sandra Lohmann (slohmann@hamburg- mit dem Betreff "US Workshop".

    GABA-Hamburg Stammtisch
    Friday, June 17th, 7:00 pm
    Hamburger Business Club, Oberstrasse 14c, Hamburg
    This month's Stammtisch meeting directly follows the short seminar, although it is independent from workshop participation. Free to attend, no RSVP necessary. For more information, please contact

    European Power Networking Event
    Tuesday, June 21st, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
    SAP Labs, Building D, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304
    Please mark your calendar for this next event, presented by GABA-CA, in cooperation with the French-American Chamber of Commerce and the British-American Business Council. Keynote speaker is Konstantin Guericke, German co- founder of LinkedIn, who will give an introduction on how to network effectively. RSVP to

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    GABA Co-Sponsored Events
    German Mixer
    Wednesday, June 1st, 7:00 - 10:00 pm
    Club 19 at St. Regis Monarch Resort and Spa, One Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point
    German Mixer is a private and professional networking event for the German-speaking community in Orange County. Free parking in front of the clubhouse. No RSVP needed; free admission; bar is no-host. For more info, please contact

    Jump-start Your European Expansion: How to do a Low-Risk-Low-Cost Market Entry To Germany
    Monday, June 13th, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
    Adobe Systems Inc., 345 Park Avenue, San Jose, CA 95110
    GABA-CA, Hamburg@Work and IBD Network, with the support of Red Herring, invite you to this evening where Thomas Muehrke (Adobe's Sr Dir of Engineering and General Manager of Hamburg Engineering Site for Europe) reveals in his keynote speech how Adobe built up their market presence in Europe. Please RSVP by June 10 to The whole entry fee will be donated to the San Jose Children's Help Fond. Hamburg@Work will match the donation.

    Brauhaus Pub Night
    Thursday, June 16th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
    Double Tree Hotel Westwood, 10740 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
    GABA Southern California and the Los Angeles British-American Business Council invite you to an evening of food, fun and international business networking, providing an excellent opportunity to discuss various subjects of European and American interest. Please RSVP by noon on June 14 to, or call (949) 266-5829.

    GABA's event calendar... »

    New/Renewing Members
    Premium Corporate Member
    T-Systems North America - www.t-

    Extended Corporate Member, Inc. -
    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP -

    Basic Corporate Member
    DJK Partners International -

    Individual Members
    Ms. Hildegard Hueber
    Mr. Christian Natusch
    Mr. Christof Wittig, CEO of db4objects, Inc.
    Dr. Erland Wittkotter, United DataLink Inc
    Ms. Claudia Zysk

    For information on how to become a GABA Member, or to sign up online, please visit: www.gaba- or contact

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    GABA News
    Uwe Wagner, Sales Director Western Region of T-Systems North America, Inc., is taking on GABA's Chair for the German American Executive Circle. This group of German executives in the Bay Area will meet regularly to exchange ideas and experiences.

    Member News
    Patron Corporate Member Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP is pleased to announce the opening of its newest office in Palo Alto, California, increasing the firm's total number of offices to twelve. Also joining K&LNG's new office are Jon Michaelson and Linda L. Usoz, who both come from Coudert Brothers LLP. Mr. Michaelson joins K&LNG as a partner in the intellectual property group, and Ms. Usoz joins the firm as counsel in the labor and employment group. For more info, please visit:

    Premium Corporate Member MaCS, Inc. - Marketing Communication Services is hosting a BMA (Business Marketing Association) International Marketing Roundtable on June 15, 2005. David T. Oro, Principal of The Oro Group will speak about "Successful Public Relations in China - Understanding PR in the People's Republic of China."
    With 1.3 billion people, someone in China has got to be reading the news? But how do large and small companies alike even begin to understand gaining mindshare in the bustling Mainland market. This session will examine the Chinese media landscape, highlight major differences between Chinese and Western media, identify the major media markets that any campaign should target, explain why you will pay journalists for media coverage, the importance of government relations, and offer ten tips for conducting a successful PR campaign in the Mainland.
    Date: June 15, 2005, 7:30 am to 9:30 am
    Location: Palo Alto, Scott's Seafood Restaurant and Grill, 855 El Camino Real
    RSVP: Susanne Khawand,

    Premium Member Cooley Godward LLP represented Mindjet in the financing and corporate reorganization. Mindjet Corporation, the leading provider of software for visualizing and managing information, completed a $15 million round of funding, led by Investor Growth Capital, a new Mindjet investor, and existing investor 3i.

    On May 16, 2005, Merk Investments launched the Merk Hard Currency Fund, a mutual fund that invests in a basket of hard currencies assembled to protect against the fall of the dollar. The full press release is available at On the same day as the announcement, Axel Merk also appeared on CNBC to discuss China's currency subsidies.

    Carroll, Burdick & McDonough LLP is pleased to announce the formation of its German Practice Group, which is headed by Dr. Alexander Imberg and Karin Geissl, and offers a broad range of legal services to German Fortune 100, mid-size and small companies doing business in the U.S. Its cross-cultural focus puts the firm in a unique position to handle legal challenges for its clients not only in California but across the United States. For further information please visit, or call +1 (415) 743-2414.

    Xceleris Corporation is co-organizing a Sarbanes-Oxley Executive Seminar entitled "Ongoing SOX Compliance: Year Two and Beyond." The event will take place on Tuesday, June 7th, from 7:30-Noon, at Fenwick & West, 801 California Street, Mountain View. To register, please visit:

    Johannes von Borries, Principal at Wellington Partners, was looking for expert advisors for startups Wellington funded. He searched LinkedIn and found Hubert Wolters, the Managing Director for European Sales for Sonics, a semiconductor company. To get more info (in German), please refer to the article published in Blue Line Manager Magazine on April 2nd.

    GABA Member and Volunteer Tim Bonnemann has recently moved from Germany to the Bay Area. A project manager with 5+ years experience, he is looking for career opportunities in the areas of enterprise content management (ECM), collaboration, and social software. Tim manages the monthly GABA eNews and other GABA web marketing activities. You may contact him directly at

    GABA Affiliates

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

    American Council on Germany (
    British American Business Council Northern California (
    California Association of Germany (
    French-American Chamber of Commerce (
    German Mixer (
    Hamburg@Work (
    Monterey Bay International Trade Association (
    Silicon Valley Association for Startup Entrepreneurs, International Chapter (SVASEi) ( )
    Silicon Valley - China Wireless Technology Association (
    Silicon Valley RFID Group ( v_rfid)
    Silicon Valley Center for International Trade Development (SVCITD) (
    Women's Calendar (

    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 www.gaba- 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 www.gaba- 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 www.gaba-

    Media & Entertainment IG
    Activities and events supporting the Californian and German media and entertainment industries.

    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 www.gaba-

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