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  July 2005 
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  • GABA Events in July
  • New/Renewing Members
  • GABA News
  • Member News
  • Jobs
  • 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, information about our membership network, and business opportunities.

    GABA Events in July
    GABA East Bay Stammtisch
    Thursday, July 7th, 7 pm
    Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA 94501
    Axel Schleyer is hosting this first Stammtisch in the East Bay. For the future this event will be held on the first Thursday of every month at the same location and time. We would like to extend the invitation to all spouses and children, so we can all get to know each other. For more information and RSVP, please contact [email protected].

    GABA Bay Area Stammtisch
    Wednesday, July 20th, 7 pm
    Blue Chalk Café, Palo Alto
    Jan Peters will host 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.

    GABA-SOCAL Exotic World Tasting Event
    The Luxe Hotel, Sunset Boulevard
    Wednesday, July 20th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
    11461 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90049
    Let your palate travel around the world in just one evening. Come and taste international foods complemented by wine, beer and champagne from all around the world. Cost: $20 Members (please RSVP), $20 Non-Members prepaid (please RSVP), $30 at the door. Please RSVP to [email protected] or call (949) 266-5829 by July 18th, noon.

    GABA-Berlin Stammtisch
    Thursday, July 21st, 7 pm
    Habel Weinkultur, Luisenstrasse 19, Berlin (
    Free to attend, for more information and RSVP, please contact [email protected].

    GABA-CA Summer Mixer
    Thursday, July 28th, 6-9 pm
    Cooley Godward LLP, 3175 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, CA 94304-1130, Cooley Courtyard
    Daniel Zimmermann of Cooley Godward will give a brief overview of recent venture capital financings trends in Silicon Valley. In 1959, Cooley Godward formed the first institutional venture capital limited partnership in the United States. Since then Cooley has been at the vanguard of private company financings by participating in the organization of hundreds of venture capital and private equity partnerships and as counsel to companies and entrepreneurs raising money from the venture capital community. Cooley has also consistently ranked in the top #4 nationally as issuer counsel in IPOs from 1999 to present. Cost: $20 Members; $30 Non-Members; $40 at the door. RSVP to [email protected].

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    New/Renewing Members
    Patron Member
    Fox Technologies -
    Fox Technologies develops complete Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions for multi-vendor platform environments with many hosts, many users, and stringent security requirements. All solutions provide simplified user administration, secure single sign-on, strong authentication, domain-wide access control and centralized audit logging. Some of the world's best-known companies, largest financial institutions and key governmental organizations use scalable, highly secure Fox solutions to enhance their infrastructure and protect their data assets. Fox partners with SAP to enhance SAP client security for secure access and protection of data. Contact: Mr. Elliott Zember, [email protected]

    Extended Corporate Member
    Prudential California Realty (Axel Schleyer) -
    Career Opportunities International -; Contact: Andrea & John Keller, [email protected]

    Basic Corporate Member
    Open Domain Inc. (Uli Dreifuerst) -
    DJK Partners International (Dennis Kane) -

    Individual Members
    Mr. Anthony Bozanic
    Mrs. Ursula Joshua
    Mr. Kyle Miller
    Mrs. Marina Naujocks-Mix
    Mr. Peter Pick
    Mr. Nils Puhlmann

    Mrs. Birthe Schnegelsberg

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

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    GABA News
    We are glad to announce that Simone Fresinger has been actively supporting GABA as a Programs Associate since June. She is engaged with the organization of GABA events, membership activities and assisting with GABA bookkeeping and invoicing. She's been a great addition to our organization.
    Simone holds a Masters degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and received the US 'Professional in Human Resources' certification (PHR) by the Society for Human Resource Management.
    She is seeking to leverage her background in recruitment, employee development, training, and consulting in a mid-level to entry-level human resources position. Her analytical thinking, assessment skills, and German background should be a great asset to an internationally operating company.
    Please contact her, if you know of any current or upcoming openings in the HR field. Email: [email protected]

    Member News
    Patron Corporate Member Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP is the number four trademark firm in the U.S., according to Intellectual Property Today magazine. The publication recently issued its annual list of America's top trademark firms in which it ranked 330 law firms and individuals nationwide based on the number of federal trademark registrations issued in 2004. For more information, please visit:

    Premium Member Cooley Godward LLP welcomes Oliver K. Breme as its new associate in their Palo Alto office. He received an LL.M. degree in Law, Science & Technology from Stanford University in 2004 and a Ph.D. in law from the Friedrich-Wilhelms University in Bonn. Before coming to Stanford, Mr. Breme was the General Counsel of element 5 AG, a leading electronic software distribution (ESD) provider.

    Achim Hoelzle of the Feldberg Pacific Law Group, Anja Freudenthal, Owner of the Immigration Law Offices of Anja Freudenthal and Tom Spott, of Spott, Lucey & Wall, Inc. CPA's have formed a panel to discuss the immigration, legal and tax issues to consider when selecting an entity that will have a foreign investor. The panel will discuss a German investor making a direct investment, owning shares in a U.S. corporation or a foreign corporation, owning a membership interest in a U.S. limited liability company, being a partner in a U.S. partnership, and other investment approaches. The panel discussion will assume a German investor is sought and the U.S. and Germany tax treaty issues will be referenced throughout the discussion.
    All interested parties are cordially invited to attend.
    The panel will be presented September 15, 2005, 5:30 PM to about 7 PM at Feldberg Pacific Law Group, 650 California Street Suite 2500, San Francisco, 415-398-5555, [email protected].

    Just two months after the launch of the "Lufthansa Private Jet" service, Lufthansa is expanding its new high-end offering. Lufthansa passengers can now enjoy first-class privileges of seamless travel via Private Jet not only from Munich, but also to and from Lufthansa's Frankfurt hub. The exclusive service allows passengers arriving aboard Lufthansa long-haul flights to connect to more than 1,000 airports throughout Europe. For more information, please see press release or visit

    On June 10, 205, Axel Merk, president of Merk Investments and portfolio manager of the Merk Hard Currency Fund, was invited to speak on CNBC for the second time in a month, this time on the implications of the trade deficit. The video clip is available at and

    Career Opportunities International is searching for a Senior Sales Manager - VP Potential. Their client is looking for the exceptional sales executive with the ability to lead, motivate and manage an outstanding sales force which in itself has exceptional qualifications in terms of education, experience, sales skills and success rate.
    Qualifications: Educational background includes a bachelor's degree, followed by an MBA. Eight or more years of recent sales experience with a major enterprise and increasing responsibilities, demonstrating your worth to the organization with which you are associated. Experience in successfully leading teams of sales persons and managers and achieving your objectives with their help.
    For more information, please contact [email protected]
    . Please put "SVP" in the subject line.
    Career Opportunities International (C.O.I.) LLC 15849 N. 71st Street, Suite 100

    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 (
    [email protected] (
    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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