GABA eNews )
  September 2005 
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  • GABA call for aid
  • GABA Events in September
  • GABA co-sponsored Events
  • New/Renewing Members
  • 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 call for aid

    German American Business Association encourages their members to support the Hurricane Katrina relief operation by contributing to the Red Cross Hurricane Katrina fund.

    Germany: Deutsches Rotes Kreuz

    US: American Red Cross

    GABA Events in September
    GABA East Bay Stammtisch
    Thursday, Sept. 1st, 7 pm
    Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA 94501
    Axel Schleyer hosts the East Bay venue for GABA's monthly Stammtisch gatherings. 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 to RSVP, please contact [email protected].

    The Risks of Global Expansion
    Tuesday, September 13th, 6-9 pm
    Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP, Four Embarcadero Center, 10th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111
    Globally active technology-oriented firms (especially those of European origin) encounter risks of global expansion from several aspects: Legal, Marketing, Brand and Design, and Human Resources. Please join us for this exciting panel of experts in European expansion presented by GABA and the European and German patent attorneys Vonnemann Kloiber & Co. This event will be an excellent source to gain a deeper understanding of the practical aspects of the topic, and will also provide an excellent platform to ask some of those questions that you never dared to ask. To find out more and to RSVP, please contact [email protected].

    GABA-Berlin Stammtisch
    Thursday, September 15th, 7 pm
    Habel Weinkultur, Luisenstrasse 19, Berlin (
    Free to attend; for more information and to RSVP, please contact [email protected].

    GABA-CA's Life Sciences Industry Groups presents:
    Project Management: The Pros and Cons of Lean Construction
    Thursday, September 15th, 6-9 pm
    SAP Labs, Building D, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304
    Sutter Health, one of northern California's largest health-care providers, has embraced a new construction philosophy and management technique to execute an estimated $6 billion in capital projects over the next eight years, including a $150 million medical office development in Mountain View expected to get under way in early 2005. Sutter is requiring that general contractors and subcontractors on its lean projects also adopt the approach, which is marked by greater planning and communication, better workflow, fewer change orders and just-in-time handling of materials. Please join GABA-CA's Life Sciences Industry Group at this exciting event for a chance to broaden your knowledge of Project Management in Biotech, and to rub elbows with industry leaders, potential business partners and suppliers. For more info and to RSVP, please contact [email protected].

    GABA-Hamburg Stammtisch
    Friday, September 16th, 7 pm
    Hamburg Business Club, Oberstrasse 14, Hamburg (
    Free to attend; for more information and to RSVP, please contact [email protected].

    GABA-CA's Media & Entertainment Industry Group presents:
    New Avenues of Digital Music Distribution
    Tuesday, September 20th, 7:45-9:00 am
    5th Floor Restaurant, Hotel Palomar, 12 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
    This is the first of a series of media and entertainment related breakfast events in the City hosted by GABA at the wonderful highly acclaimed Fifth Floor Restaurant in San Francisco. This event shall serve as a focal point Bay Area executives interested in learning more about how they can leverage the power of the media and entertainment industry to achieve their business goals. Speaker will be Ted Cohen, Senior Vice President of Digital Development & Distribution of EMI Music, Los Angeles, who will outline EMI's views and strategies in the fast changing and challenging music industry. For more info and to RSVP, please contact [email protected].

    High Flyer Event - Jet Set Style!
    Wednesday, Sept. 21st, 6-9 pm
    John Wayne/Orange County Airport, Signature Flight Support, Executive Terminal, 19301 Campus Drive, Santa Ana, CA 92707
    Join GABA's Southern California chapter for an Executive Briefing on private jet travel, tours of the new Learjet 40, fine hors d' oeuvres, refreshments, door prizes and high-flying business networking at the private 'Signature Flight Support' terminal located at John Wayne Airport. Don't be left on "standby". Get your reservations early because space is limited for this rare opportunity! RSVP by noon, Sept. 19th. For more event or payment info, please contact Boris von Bormann at [email protected] or call (949) 266-5829.

    Oktoberfest By the Bay Gemuetlichkeit Night
    Thursday, October 13th, doors open at 5:00 PM
    Fort Mason, San Francisco
    GABA-CA hosts Gemuetlichkeit Night, a special night out at the Bay Area's largest Oktoberfest celebration. At a reduced group rate of $17 instead of $25, GABA members and friends or clients can enjoy networking and fun with other local businesses and corporate groups. Admission includes a Spaten beer in commemorative souvenir glass and bratwurst. GABA members will get preferred seating! For more information, visit: Order tickets for yourself or your company by Friday, Sept 30th at [email protected] or buy them at one of GABA's upcoming events.

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    GABA co-sponsored Events
    Oktoberfest Networking Reception
    Friday, September 23rd, 4-7 pm
    Carroll Burdick & McDonough LLP, 44 Montgomery Street, Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94104
    GABA-CA, the German American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco Chapter and Carroll Burdick & McDonough LLP would like to invite to an Oktoberfest-themed "after hours" reception. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Nichole Kohake at (415) 743-2449 or [email protected].

    IBF - International Business Forum: Early Stage Venture Investing Conference
    Thursday + Friday, October 20 - 21
    Early stage investors capitalizing on today's opportunities need to stay abreast of industry trends and strategies impacting the VC playing field. This conference, now celebrating its 6th anniversary, serves as a major industry gathering for over 300 early stage investors. Join us on October 20 & 21, 2005 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, CA. For more information visit

    IBF - International Business Forum: Venture Capital Investing in India
    Tuesday, November 1
    This conference unites VCs who have successfully invested in technologies out of India, with other venture investors interested in tapping this emerging market for investment candidates. Please join on November 1, 2005 at the Westin San Francisco Airport in Millbrae, CA for this conference. Visit for more information or to register.

    IBF - International Business Forum: Biotech Investing Conference
    Wednesday + Thursday, November 2 - 3
    This conference serves as the premier industry gathering for private, public and corporate investors looking for key opportunities in biotechnology and the life sciences, and for company executives looking for insight into the current investment trends. Visit for more information or to register.

    New/Renewing Members
    Premium Member
    Vonnemann Kloiber & Colleagues ( is a full-service patent-law firm in Germany with several offices throughout Germany focusing on small and medium-sized businesses in protecting their IP in Germany, Europe and internationally. Services include obtaining and enforcing German and European intellectual property rights such as patents, trademarks, and designs. With the aid of its Munich office Vonnemann is able to benefit from the immediate vicinity to the German Patent and Trademark Office and the European Patent Office. Vonnemann carries on the tradition of Hamburg's first patent law firm which was founded in 1893.

    Extended Corporate Member
    German American International School -
    New York Life Insurance Company -
    Porsche Motorsports North America

    Basic Corporate Members
    Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP -

    Individual Members
    Heike Abeck

    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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    Member News
    Patron Corporate Member Fox Technologies, a security software company based in Palo Alto, announced two strategic partnership certifications: Fox ApplicationControl for SAP(tm) and Fox ApplicationControl for Fox develops complete identity authentication and authorization solutions for multi-vendor platform environments with many hosts, many users, and stringent security requirements such as traffic encryption. Fox has 1,000 customers in 32 countries and they include some of the world's best-known companies, largest financial institutions and key governmental organizations. For more information, contact [email protected] or (650) 687-6248.

    Patron Corporate Member Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP (K&LNG) announces that Michael S. Greco, a partner in the Boston Office, was sworn in as the 129th president of the American Bar Association (ABA) at the close of the ABA Annual Meeting, held in Chicago on August 8, 2005. Greco, who immigrated to America from Italy as a young boy, is the first ABA president to be born outside the United States. Over the past several decades, Greco's involvement in the ABA has included service in the ABA House of Delegates since 1985 and as State Delegate from Massachusetts since 1993. He has chaired the association's Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary and its Individual Rights and Responsibilities section. After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Greco was appointed to the ABA Task Force on Terrorism and the Law, which provided analysis of legislation that resulted in the U.S. Patriot Act, and he helped develop ABA policy regarding the use of military tribunals to try suspected terrorists. He also served on the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security. For more information, please visit

    Premium Corporate Member Feldberg Pacific Law Group is hosting a business panel for international entrepreneurs: "Immigration, Legal and Tax Issues to Consider when Selecting an Entity That Will Have a Foreign Investor". The panel is co-presented with the Immigration Law Offices of Anja Freudenthal and GABA Basic Corporate Member Spott Lucey & Wall Inc. CPA's, and will take place on Sept. 15th, 5:30-7:00 pm, at 650 California Street, Suite 2500, San Francisco. For more info and to RSVP, please contact [email protected].

    Basic Corporate Member Splénium has re-launched its website: Splénium is an award-winning Marketing Communications agency whose lofty goal is to revolutionize the way design is done today by making it more marketing-minded. In brief, design should help your company make a sale, or realize other important marketing goals, not just be a pretty thing to look at. While a few other agencies claim to be strategic, Splénium has real marketers standing behind the design decisions made for its clients. Splénium specializes in marcom strategy, high-end & marketing-minded design, and translation. For more info, contact [email protected].

    Patron Member PSD Group is currently representing a client in search of a Vice President Engineering. The young company develops and markets analog standard IC´s and is located in Munich, Germany. Duties for the open position include all aspects of product development, including selection of design tools & methodology, product development processes, defining/implementing development schedules, and recruiting/managing engineering talent. BSEE/MSEE/PhD required. Candidates must come from analog products environment, and have current experience with some combination of data converters, clock management products, amplifiers, or interface products. For further information and to apply please call Gabriele Koch on +49(0)89 189 857 22 or e-mail your detailed CV directly to [email protected].

    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 (
    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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