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  September 2007 
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  • GABA Events in September
  • Co-Sponsored Events
  • New/Renewing Members
  • Member News
  • GABA Affiliates
  • GABA Industry Groups

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    GABA Events in September
    GABA SoCal: Meet Consul Dietmar Bock
    Thursday, September 6th, 2007, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
    Goethe-Institut, 5750 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036
    Map of 5750 Wilshire Blvd.,Suite 100 Los Angeles, CA 90036

    Dietmar Bock, the new Deputy Consul General and Consul for Economic and Scientific Affairs at the German Consulate General in Los Angeles, recently started his tenure. To welcome Mr. Bock and introduce him to the German American business community, GABA invites you to an interesting presentation at the Goethe-Institut, where you will have the opportunity to get to know Mr. Bock and learn about his work at the Consulate.
    For more information, please visit GABA's website.

    GABA NoCal: Design Is Your Business
    Tuesday, September 11th, 2007, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Frog Design, 3460 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto CA 94304-1338, Tel. 650-856-frog (3764)
    Business leaders worldwide recognize design as a critical business factor, not just beautification. Large corporations have added executives with design expertise to their team, leveraging the ability to think in the integrative designer's way. Designers and business executives need to work together to shape business processes that make design an integral part of the DNA of a company. No matter whether the design team is in-house or a specialized design firm is hired.
    For more information, please visit GABA's website.

    GABA Bay Area Stammtisch
    Wednesday, September 19th, 2007, 7:00-10:00pm
    Gordon Biersch, 640 Emerson St, Palo Alto
    Social gathering of the GABA community in the Bay Area. No RSVP needed; free to attend.

    GABA-Berlin Stammtisch
    Thursday, September 20th 2007, 7:00-10:00pm
    Habel Weinkultur, Luisenstrasse 19, Berlin
    Free to attend; for more information and to RSVP, please contact

    GABA Hamburg Stammtisch
    Friday, September 21th, 2007, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
    Hamburg Business Club, Dorint Hotel, Alter Wall 40,20457 Hamburg
    Free to attend; for more information and to RSVP, please contact Holger Ritter

    GABA SoCal: Solar Power: The Road to Cost Competitiveness
    Tuesday, September 25th, 2007, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Westin Long Beach, 333 East Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA
    Solar markets both in Europe and the US are growing rapidly, but are still very dependent on government subsidies. In order to create a market many times the size it is today, the industry has to decrease the cost of cells, modules and installed systems. Thin-film technologies have promised a lot, but are still in the process of delivering. Traditional crystalline silicon technologies, which still represent the vast majority of the market also drive many avenues to achieve cost reduction. The call is out for which one will be most successful.
    For more information, please visit GABA's website.

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    Co-Sponsored Events
    Plug and Play EXPO presented by PlugandPlayTechCenter
    Thursday, September 20th from 01:00 p.m. - 07:30 p.m.
    Plug and Play Tech Center, 440 N. Wolfe Road, Sunnyvale, CA 94085, (408) 524-1400
    Plug and Play EXPO is the premier Silicon Valley showcase for introducing "best of the breed" emerging ICT, Media and CleanTech that are introducing their product and service offerings in the current year.
    Registration by September 1st, 2007 midnight: $100, Registration at the door: $125, Pre-Sale Special! - $75 for a limited time! Register now by clicking here

    FountainBlue's Leadership Styles: What's Gender Got to Do With It?
    Thursday, September 13 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    EMC Corporation, 2831 Mission College Boulevard in Santa Clara
    GABA members may pre-register by noon September 12 for the discounted partner rate of $20 by visiting For this month's When She Speaks event, we will speak candidly about how the perception of gender differences impact women as they rise up the leadership chain. We will also discuss what men and women can do to support rising women leaders and what we can do to address the stereotypes which may hinder the upwardly-mobile progress for women leaders.

    New/Renewing Members

    Patron Corporate
    M+W Zander

    Extended Corporate
    Xantrex Technology Inc.

    Basic Corporate
    Leora Perkowski

    Individual Members
    Anthony Bozanic
    Peter Cordes
    Dr. Bernd Holzapfel
    Beate Janke
    Dennis Kane
    Karl Georg Leutschaft
    Ron Paradies
    Egbert Schilling

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

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    Member News
    K&L Gates will present "The London Stock Exchange AIM Market: Securing Capital through an Initial Public Listing or Dual Listing".
    Tuesday, October 2nd at the Garden Court Hotel in Palo Alto, CA
    K&L Gates is one of the most active Anglo-American law firms undertaking AIM and capital markets transactions and has advised on more than 200 IPO's since 1999 and at least 40 AIM IPOs since 2005.
    K&L Gates will also be presenting "International Arbitration: Managing Cross-Cultural Factors".
    October 4th and 5th at the City Club of San Francisco.
    This one and one-half day symposium will explore the practical differences in arbitration procedure across the globe, including the significance of local cultural issues.
    For more information or to register, please contact Vanessa Meincke

    Merk Investments's Merk Hard Currency Fund recently reached $100 million in assets, please see the announcement at Newsletter subscribers are invited to our reception to celebrate the occasion; to sign up for Merk's newsletter for free, visit

    In order to promote cost effective legal solutions for cross-border business activities to the management and legal departments of California based companies, corporate member International Legal Management launched a web advertisement campaign. In connection with this campaign free presentations of such alternative legal solutions are available to companies in the San Francisco bay area upon request. For more information please visit our website

    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 (
    Hamburg@Work (
    Monterey Bay International Trade Association (
    Silicon Valley Association for Startup Entrepreneurs (SVASE) ( )
    Silicon Valley - China Wireless Technology Association (
    Silicon Valley RFID Group ( group/s v_rfid)
    Silicon Valley Center for International Trade Development (SVCITD) (
    The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) (
    Women's Calendar (

    GABA Industry Groups

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

    Clean Tech IG
    California and Germany stand out as well established clean tech leaders and attractive target markets. The Industry Group's aim is to enable the exchange of ideas & contacts, provide a platform for the discussion of relevant industry trends and foster transatlantic business and relationships between German and US corporations in order to add value to all participating partners. Visit our webpage for more information.

    Entrepreneurs & Venture Capital IG
    This group is dedicated to the facilitation of technology, business and social innovation via entrepreneurial ventures and the appropriate incubation and capital funding catalysts. We aim to educate and bring together members of the business, finance, legal, academia, technology lab, not-for-profit and government realms on both sides of the Atlantic as regards new venturing opportunities, issues, trends and developments. Visit our webpage for more information.

    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 webpage.

    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 webpage for more information.

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

    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 webpage 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 webpage.

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