What's New - April 2020

A message from our Executive Director
We are thinking of you in this unprecedented crisis and want you to know that GABA stands with you. During this difficult time, community, even though in most cases virtually, is more important than ever. Sadly, we cannot be together in person for several weeks or even months, but we hope that you will stay connected with each other, and by visiting our website or following us on social media. Our staff is working to reschedule as many programs and events as possible, and we look forward to updating you on those plans. 
In addition, we use this time to strategize and work on new events and programs for you. Thus, we'd like to use this opportunity to ask for your feedback on how to build a highly networked, transatlantic future. If you haven't done so yet, please spare a few minutes of your time and fill out a quick survey. We look forward to discovering new ways to connect with each other. 
Thank you for supporting GABA, we value and appreciate you greatly. Together we will get through this difficult time, until we can meet in person again. Until then, please stay connected, healthy and safe!

Caroline Raynaud

We thank our main supporters:


New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:

Osborne Clarke

Rueter Partner






Individual Members:

Florian Carl
Liza Goldstein
Cheryl King
Rosemarie Reisch
Jeannette Schwarz

Partner Events

Venture Summit West - Virtual Connect: Where Startups and Investors Connect Online
GABA is pleased to support  Venture Summit | West and invite you to join us virtually in real time. It will take place May 5-7, 2020. This exclusive summit will feature 1on1 startup and investor meetings, 2 days of content including timely panel discussions, workshops and roundtables with active investors and an inspiring keynote by non-other than Uri Levine, co-founder of Waze. To Register now and lock in the best rates click here, save 20% with discount code "GABAVIP"!

Member News

TaylorWessing: Corona / Answers to Legal Implications
Taylor Wessing has set up a dedicated website about doing business in Germany during this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. German regulators and institutions are widely reacting to shield employees and businesses from the economic consequences with protective measures worth more than several hundreds of billions of Euros. A vast spectrum of legal actions is available to you to facilitate continuing operations throughout this crisis and mitigating its impact. Key areas to be considered: Accessing public credit facilities, credit guarantees and state financial aidSolvency protection through tax reliefs, social security contributions reliefs and loosened up insolvency regulations. Creating work time flexibility and reduction of labor cost. Negotiation of commercial agreements (considering force majeure and frustration of contracts arguments).

Osborne Clarke: Webinar on Managing your European Workforce During the Coronavirus Crisis: A Guide for US businesses
US Businesses with operations in Europe are faced with a variety of issues whilst managing their remote workforces during the current pandemic. Our webinar will offer practical tips to support you and your employees in this time of crisis and will cover: The current situation in Europe, obligations to address Health & Safety and other medical concerns, organizational and practical considerations, emergency support and legislation from Governments, alternatives to dismissal, reductions in workforce and closure of business. The Webinar will take place Thursday, April 2 from 9-10am PST. Register here.

Last autumn Vistra Cologne together with OsborneClarke Cologne gave insight into opportunities for US companies in a Post-Brexit Europe. While Vistra, as a financial outsourcing partner for international clients highlighted details in the area of Payroll, Accounting and taxation, the lawyers from OsborneClarke focused on the legal set-up options as well as HR and Labor law details which become relevant when rolling out your US business to Europe.The two events took place in SF and Palo Alto. Hopefully we can have additional events in 2020 or Spring 2021 and include the consequences of COVID-19 in the discussion.

Ludwig's Special To-Go Menu
Ludwig's is offering a special "Shelter in Place" menu. Available for pick up Fridays and Saturdays from 4 to 8pm. More info here

Luther Lawfirm
Leading German lawfirm LUTHER has implemented a CORONA Task Force to assist companies seeking for access to support measures of German federal or state governments. Actual information on latest developments in Germany will be found on the LUTHER webpage here. LUTHER offers full service legal and tax advisory services and has been rewarded Lawfirm of the Year 2019 by renowned law journal JUVE. For further information feel free to reach out to Andreas.Kloyer@Luther-Lawfirm.com.

Kilpatrick Townsend
As a trusted legal counsel to innovative businesses and brands around the world, Kilpatrick Townsend has created a COVID-19 Task Force that is closely monitoring developments with regard to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as well as the recommendations of federal, state, and local authorities. The Task Force continues to make information regarding specific known legal issues available on their COVID-19 Task Force page and on their YouTube channel. If you are interested in an area of specific concern, you may also contact Kilpatrick Townsend partner Siegmar Pohl atspohl@kilpatricktownsend.com. We held a COVID-19 related webinar "Understanding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act" recorded March 23rd available here.

YES Partners
YES Partners is a recruiting and search-firm retained by organizations after internal channels or regular job ads fail. Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, they would like to offer brief advice for job-seekers: Currently, most open positions are with essential retailers, grocery-stores and delivery services - namely Amazon, but also Safeway, Raleighs, Walmart, Target, Dollar General, and Sonic, for example. Naturally, demand is especially high in health-related fields, such as pharmacies and direct healthcare providers (hospitals). EdTech seems to be doing well also, such as Outschool, and are looking to fill positions. 

Squire Patton Boggs
As COVID-19 continues to impact businesses globally, Squire Patton Boggs is providing support and advice to help clients navigate legal issues and manage risk. We?ve created our COVID-19 Resource Hub which we provides guidance in the form of client alerts and blog posts on key legal issues for businesses to consider, together with some practical steps for businesses to take.  Also available on the Hub is information about past (recorded) and upcoming live webinars. 

Inside GABA

We are welcoming Katarina Zeilinger to the GABA team as our new Member Services Director. Katarina has previously worked for DB Fernverkehr, a division of Deutsche Bahn. As head of capacity planning she was responsible for scheduling all bullet train maintenance operations at Munich station. Prior to her leadership role she has managed major projects ranging from the implementation of a warehouse management system to the digitalization of maintenance processes. Katarina holds a Master of Science in Business and Technology from Technical University of Munich with majors in Supply Chain Management, Controlling and Chemistry. She relocated from Munich to the Bay Area in 2016 and currently lives in Palo Alto with her family. 


Culture Section

Goethe Institut - Blended Learning Classes
It's a great time to learn German! Join us for one of our new blended learning classes (A 1.1 and A 1.2) or regular face-to-face classes in the East Bay (A 1.1, A 1.3 or A 2.3) starting the week of April 6. Due to the current situation, all live classes will be held online until it is once again safe to hold in-person lessons. With our sophisticated virtual classroom platform, the online live meetings are just as interactive as meeting at the Insitut. For more information or trial classes for our blended courses offered this week check our website or contact germancourses-sanfrancisco@goethe.de.
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