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May 2017

Ever wondered about obtaining or changing visas?  Or how to qualify for and maintain a green car and permanent residence status?  What the tax obligations are for visa holders in the U.S.?  Or how individuals and businesses can avoid liability risks in the U.S.?  Then make sure to come to our event "Living and Working in the U.S." on Thursday, May 11th at DLA Piper and join us and our panel of experts!  We hope to see you there!


Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director

Main Supporters:
SAP WilmerHale



Main Events

European Networking - Members Only
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Cooley LLP, 3175 Hanover Street, Palo Alto

Don't miss this chance to mingle with business professionals from diverse European countries! Get your ticket soon since this event may sell out!

Living and Working in the U.S. - Perspectives on Immigration, Taxes and Liability Risks
Thursday, May 11, 2017 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
DLA Piper LLP, 2000 University Avenue, East Palo Alto

Join GABA and a panel of experts to learn about immigration law, taxes and liability risks influencing your stay in the United States.
NoCal Stammtisch Meetings
Come mingle and network in the casual environment of the GABA supported Stammtisch meetings, no registration needed, feel free to attend. 

San Francisco Stammtisch 
Monday, May 1, 2017 06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
The Liberties, 998 Guerrero Street, San Francisco

Alameda Stammtisch 
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Avenue, Alameda

North Bay Stammtisch
Thursday, May 11, 2017 06:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Hopmonk, 224 Vintage Way, Novato

South Bay Stammtisch
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Esther's German Bakery and Café, 987 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos

Santa Cruz Stammtisch
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

Please register here

Sacramento Stammtisch
Thursday, May 18, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Der Biergarten, 2332 K. Street, Sacramento


GABA SoCal Events

SoCal Stammtisch LA at Viceroy Hotel Santa Monica
Thursday, May 4, 2017 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Viceroy Hotel Santa Monica, 1819 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica

Summer is coming and we are heading towards the beach. Join us at the Viceroy Santa Monica for our May business mixer.  The Viceroy's Cast Lounge is a classic mid-twentieth century lounge and bar that not only features a classy ambience but also excellent cocktails.

GABA VIP Table at World Trade Week Kick-Off Breakfast 2017
Thursday, May 4, 2017 07:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, 404 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles

Experience this world-class annual breakfast event at our GABA VIP table at the Westin Bonaventure.  Keynote, Prestigious Awards, Silent Auction, Meet and mingle with 800 top executives of Southern California's business and international trade community.  This year's Master of Ceremonies: David Ono, ABC 7 News.  This event is closed to further registrations. Contact Kathrin Hager at [email protected] to be added to the waiting list.

A Future without Warehouses and Trucks?
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 05:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Georg Fischer Piping Systems, 9271 Jeronimo Rd, Irvine
How "3D Printing" is revolutionizing the  world.  Understand the latest trends and how they will affect your life.

SoCal Stammtisch OC at Oak Creek Golf Club
Thursday, May 11, 2017 06:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Oak Creek Golf Club, 1 Golf Club Drive, Irvine

Savour delectable appetizers and draft beers starting at $3 during the 6-9pm Chef's happy hour. Bring your colleagues and friends and enjoy an evening of networking while mingling with other members of our OC business community.  Weather permitting, our event will be hosted on  the fabulous patio. We hope you can join us!

SoCal Stammtisch San Diego at La Jolla Brewing Company
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 06:00 PM - 9:00 PM
La Jolla Brewing Company, 7536 Fay Ave, San Diego

Come relax on La Jolla Brewing Company's outdoor patio with outdoor heating and lava rock fire pits while enjoying great craft beers!  La Jolla Brewing Company will extend the happy hour EXCLUSIVELY for our group until 7pm. Expand your business contacts and make new friends! We hope to see you there!

Partner Events

Invest in Bavaria: m[A.I.]_fest - a Spring A.I. Event
Wednesday May 10, 2017 05:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Quadrus Conference Center, 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park

Our artificial intelligence (A.I.) & machine learning-themed event brings together industry-leading Bavarian and German corporates and top A.I. companies from Silicon Valley and beyond. Entrepreneurs and investors active in the A.I. space are also welcome to attend.  The evening includes a panel discussion and Q&A session with experts from research, industry and finance. The Bavarian Happy Hour that follows will feature southern German cuisine and traditional Bavarian beer.  Register here.  For more info, or if you'd like to attend the conference and matchmaking portion of the event earlier in day (, please contact [email protected].

BayBrazil - Machine Learning - How AI is Transforming Business
Thursday, May 11, 2017 06:00 PM - 8:30 PM
DocuSign, 221 Main Street, Suite 1500, San Francisco

Join BayBrazil to hear the latest trends on machine intelligence and learn how algorithm-driven business decisions will impact global enterprises.  GABA members have 15% discount on pre-registration. Use promo code BayBrazil.Partner.AI  Register here.

Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce - The Future of U.S. - European Trade
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 08:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce - Board Room, 350 Bixel Street, Los Angeles

Please join us at our panel discussion to discuss whether the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is still a valid option to pursue.  California is the top exporting state to Europe.  Europe is one of the top foreign investors in the Los Angeles Region.  The bilateral trade between the Los Angeles Region and Europe is around $40 billion.  The impact of the United Kingdom departure from the European Union.  Register here.

Startup Conference and International Startup Fair
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 09:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fox Theater, 2215 Broadway Street, Redwood City
GABA is a supporting organization of the Startup Conference 2016. With close to 2,000 entrepreneurs, the Startup Conference is one of the larger conferences in Silicon Valley for starting your startup, learning how to pitch VCs, find co-founders, launch your product to the press, reach early adopters and influencers. Past conference speakers include Guy Kawasaki, Drew Houston, Ben Parr and many more entrepreneurs and VCs. Stop by the International Startup Fair and discover hot new startups and cool technologies. The fair features over 45 companies showcasing (demoing) their products, the fair is free and open to the public. GABA members receive a 20% discount for the Startup Conference and demo tables at the fair. Book yours soon, it sells out every year. Please use promotion code "GABA20" to register

Squire Patton Boggs - Autonomous Vehicles: Is Our Infrastructure Ready?
Thursday, May 18, 2017 06:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Squire Patton Boggs, 275 Battery Street, 25th Floor, San Francisco 

As autonomous vehicle technology continues to advance, smart infrastructure will need to keep pace. From arterial streets to high-speed, multimodal freeways, governments and private sector companies are actively responding to the changing infrastructure needs that this technology will require.  Register here.

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:

Caroline County Economic Development
Hella Ventures
Squire Patton Boggs LLP
YES Partners

Brix and Partners LLC
Hopper Creek Winery
Sperry Van Ness Difference

Individual Members:
Melina Biener
Klaus Borho
Achim Brinker
Martin Doettling
Thomas Feith
Victor Florian
Markus Fromherz
Jennifer Grady
Sandra Hausmann
Stefan Jaegers
Mark B. Johnson
Tobias Kunze
Kurt Mac Millan
Gary Mack
Lloyd Mariner
Frank Meinhold
Jurgen Menge
Ron Paradies
Christopher Reingen
Thomas Richter
Laura-Lucia Richter
Klaus Siegmann
Ben Steven
Stefan Ulmer

Interest Groups

Welcome to Silicon Valley: How Corporates Are Plugging In

At our "Digitalization: Management Challenges and Opportunities" event at Squire Patton Boggs on April 12th, guests learned about the changing workforce and how to manage virtually.  The program included real world perspective from global companies


GABA's Interest Groups (IG's) provide resources and networking opportunities specific to each interest:

Automotive IG
Clean Technology IG
Cyber Security IG
Entrepreneurs & Venture Capital IG
Human Resources IG
Industry 4.0
Innovation IG
International IG
Life Sciences / Healthcare IG
Media & Entertainment IG
Newcomers IG
Software IG
Wireless / Mobile IG
Women in Business 
Young Professionals IG

Member News

Euro VAT Refund - Webinar
May 10, 2017: "VAT on Conferences & Events within the EU".  Euro VAT Refund's CEO, Britta Eriksson will provide a general overview of North American companies, organizations and event planners’ VAT liabilities, and VAT refund possibilities when organizing conferences and events within Germany and the rest of the EU - "VAT on Conferences & Events within the EU" For further details and registration see here.

Job Board

IDEA - Event Manager
The Interdisciplinary Dental Education Academy - IDEA has an opening for an Event Manager.  They will be responsible for customer and course related processes and operational tasks.  For more information see here.

Culture Selection

Goethe institute SF Film: "Above Us Only Sky"
Friday, May 19, 2017, 6pm 
Goethe Institute SF Auditorium, 530 Bush Street, Suite 204, San Francisco

Every third Friday of the month, the Goethe-Institut San Francisco will present recent German films ranging from small, independent productions to box office hits. All screenings are in German with English subtitles. Admission is free!  Come and see "Above Us Only Sky" by Jan Schomburg.  More info here.
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