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  April 2006 
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  • GABA Co-Sponsored Events
  • New/Renewing Members
  • GABA News
  • Member News
  • Job Board
  • GABA Affiliates
  • GABA Industry Groups

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    GABA Events in April
    GABA East Bay Stammtisch
    Thursday, April 6th, 7 pm
    Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA 94501
    Axel Schleyer hosts the new 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].

    GABA SoCal: Effective Tax Strategies for the Successful Executive
    Wednesday, April 19th, 6:30-9:30 pm
    Jonathan Club Los Angeles
    545 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071, 4th floor
    This important GABA event, at the Jonathan Club in Los Angeles, consistently rated one of the most prestigious social clubs in the United States, gives you a chance to network among your peers and to gain a greater insight into international tax planning issues from our guest speaker, Stephen Malley. Plenty of time for networking will be provided before and after the presentation along with a complimentary offering of the Jonathan Club's favorite hors d'oeuvres and an open, no-host bar. For more information, please visit GABA's website. RSVP to [email protected]

    GABA-Bavaria Bay Area Stammtisch
    Wednesday, April 19th, 7 pm
    Teskes-Germania Restaurant, 255 N. First Street, San Jose, CA
    Starting this month, the GABA Bay Area Stammtisch will be held in cooperation with the State of Bavaria West Coast Office. During the April 19 Stammtisch in San Jose, Lucie Merkle, Executive Director will present the services offered by the State of Bavaria West Coast Office. No RSVP needed; free to attend. For directions, call (650) 326-1020.

    GABA-Berlin Stammtisch
    Thursday, April 20th, 7 pm
    Habel Weinkultur, Luisenstrasse 19, Berlin (
    Free to attend; for more information and to RSVP, please contact [email protected].

    GABA-Hamburg Stammtisch
    Friday, April 21st, 7 pm
    Hamburg Business Club, Oberstrasse 14, Hamburg (
    Free to attend; for more information and to RSVP, please contact [email protected].

    Protectionism: Implications for the Dollar and Wine Tasting
    Thursday, April 27th, 6-9 pm
    Spaten West, 280 Harbor Way, South San Francisco, CA
    Join GABA-CA and Spaten West / Chrissa Imports for an Open House Tour, with great beer and fine wines from Germany, Italy, France, and across Europe. Axel Merk, president of Merk Investments and portfolio manager of the Merk Hard Currency Fund discusses how increased protectionist sentiment may affect the dollar. For more information, please visit GABA's website, to RSVP, please contact [email protected].

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    GABA Co-Sponsored Events
    2006 Wainhouse Research European Forum
    April 19-20-21
    at the The Steigenberger Hotel in Berlin, Germany
    The 2006 Wainhouse Research European Forum will focus on next-generation technologies for meetings as well as current trends in enterprise collaboration deployments. This exciting 3-day conference/exhibition, already dubbed the premiere event for the European conferencing/collaboration industry, will help business and IT leaders develop and implement a collaboration strategy while exploring the potential risks and rewards of different meeting, presentation, and training technologies and strategies. New this year is the participation of the EU-funded AMI project that includes presentations and demonstrations of technologies being researched for next-generation meetings. Full details available on

    State of Bavaria Office Opening
    May 4, 2006 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    555 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 130, Palo Alto, CA 94301
    The State of Bavaria West Coast Office will celebrate its opening with a reception , GABA members are invited to meet the State of Bavaria team and network with industry expert. Please RSVP to [email protected].

    TiECON 2006
    May 12-13 (2-day conference)
    Hyatt Hotel & Conference Center, Santa Clara
    Listen to industry giants speak of their experiences in keynotes. Meet leading VCs one-on-one in our entrepreneur's bazaar and pitch your start-up. Avoid start-up pitfalls - learn from successful CEOs, CTOs, CFOs, CMOs sharing their experiences. Discuss today's business issues in panel sessions with industry leaders.
    Early bird member-pricing (GABA members will get the member price): $165 two days/ $100 single-day, Banquet: $125, TiEcon Proceedings CD/DVD: $25
    First 500 sign-ups: Get one-on-one time with VCs - Pitch your idea in Entrepreneurs Bazaar
    Register NOW at Use promo code AFFORGG

    New/Renewing Members
    Extended Corporate Member
    Miaplaza, Inc., Dr. Johannes Ziegler -

    Basic Corporate Members
    IIC Industrial Investment Council, Inc., Mr. Philipp Kunze -
    Taligo LLC, Mr. John C.Gale -

    Individual Members
    Mr. Chris Longstaffe
    Ms. Jennifer Vessels
    Mr. Joseph Evans

    For information on how to become a GABA Member, or to sign up online, please visit our website or contact [email protected]

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    GABA News
    GABA has just created an on-line community for GABA where people can connect, exchange recommendations, and communicate in multiple ways. The platform will be hosted by miaplaza, a new start-up in Palo Alto with German founders. miaplaza focuses on creating on-line communities for special interest groups such as people living in a foreign country. We'd encourage you to join - this also is a great place to post and view pictures from our GABA events! Please use this link to register.

    If you missed GABA's event on "Leadership in Multicultural environments", you can download a recording at cast.html.

    Member News
    Peritus Precision Translations, Inc. is proud to announce that the company has become ISO 9001:2000 certified as of January 27, 2006. Peritus now belongs to the exclusive group of ISO 9001:2000 certified translation companies. Dagmar Dolatschko, President and Founder of Peritus, says: "We are very excited to have achieved this important milestone. The certification is not only important to our clients in the regulated industries such as bioscience or legal, but it also ensures that projects for all our clients are handled according to rigorous, documented procedures and meet the highest quality standards." Peritus Precision Translations, Inc. is a San Carlos, California based woman-owned, small business, founded in 1996, offering foreign language translation services in over 100 languages. Please visit, or call 650-631-6667 for more information.

    Lucie E. Merkle has been appointed as new Executive Director of the Bavarian Representative Office in Palo Alto in December 2005. The State of Bavaria West Coast Office promotes Bavaria as a business location and supports U.S. companies planning to locate in Bavaria with advisory services and guidance, helps Bavarian companies in developing and maintaining business contacts in the U.S. and strengthens the Bavarian-Californian technology partnership. Lucie E. Merkle is contact person for all political institutions and government agencies. The office can be contacted under the following address:
    State of Bavaria U.S. Office for Economic Development / West Coast Division
    555 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 130
    Palo Alto, CA 94301
    Tel: 1.650.566.1155
    Fax 1.650.566.1188
    Email: [email protected]

    The IIC (Industrial Investment Council) successfully advised Intel Corporation, the largest semiconductor copmany in the world in screening the R&D landscape in eastern Germany for potential partnerships. As a result of this work, Intel became a member of the Eurpean research network SANDiE (Self-Assembled semiconductor Nanostructures for new Devices in photonics and Electronics - Network of Excellence) based in Leipzig. This move confirms the global competitiveness of eastern Germany's R&D and academic landscape, as well as the attractiveness of the semiconductor cluster Silicon Saxony.
    For more information please visit Should you or your clients be interested in free of charge advice regarding the pros and cons of locating in eastern Germany, please contact Philipp Kunze at [email protected] or (650) 283 7766.

    Job Board
    FXCM is looking for a Sales Associate. Please visit GABA Career Services for more details.

    The State of Bavaria West Coast Office in Palo Alto is offering a 6 to 12 month internship for graduate students of business administration, economics or law. Strong interest in marketing issues, good communication and organizational skills, knowledge of Windows Office software, and fluency in English and German are required. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

    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 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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