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Letter from the President

Nicholas Unkovic
BABC President & Partner


Dear Friend of the BABC, 

The beginning of 2017 has brought us a number of compelling and relevant events for our Members; here is a recap of recent BABC activities and information on what is to follow.

In March, the BABC's annual British Expats Evening took place , generously hosted by Global Money Transfer c ompany, OFX. The evening afforded both newcomer and established attendees the opportunity to network and learn from our member experts the key steps they should be taking to mitigate risks surrounding their tax and immigration status.  Also presented were some important "plan-forward strategies" to gain a strong credit profile as well as how best to manage any retirement plans left in the UK. Moderated by Jason Kumpf from OFX, t he panel consisted of: Tax: Charlotte Wall, (Spott Lucey & Wall), Immigration: James Mayock (E & M Mayock), Banking/Credit: Arnaud Sintes (Bank of the West), Retirement: Charles Cockerton (Florin Pensions LLC) .
This year our BABC flagship event 'Global Words of Wisdom', will cover the current status of Brexit. I offer my thanks to BABC Patron Member Hogan Lovells and Premier Member Fitzgerald & Law for bringing this event to our community and to HMCG Andrew Whittaker for joining our panel. Do not delay in purchasing your ticket as I hear there are only a few left!   
You can see a full list of our Upcoming Events below, but another event I would like to draw your attention to is the Annual General Meeting, to be held at my firm, Squire Patton Boggs. Please save the evening of June 28th; the office will let you know when you are able to register and when the ballots for the general election are available.  
Finally, thank you to all of the BABC'S newest Members and to those who have renewed their Membership. We are most grateful for your support of our growing community! Please take a moment to visit their websites and learn more - they may be able to help you!
   
All the best,
Nicholas Unkovic
President, BABC Northern California
BABC Events Calendar
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BABC Featured Events




Each year the BABC Transatlantic Conference works on promoting a robust dialogue between the United States and the United Kingdom, drawing upon the thought leadership of Senior Executives from over 2,000 member companies. Following on from successful conferences in New York and London, this year's Transatlantic Conference will take place in Chicago May 10-11

 

Thank you to HSBC for furnishing the prizes for this event

THE FUTURE OF THE UK-US ECONOMIC RELATIONSHIP

BritishAmerican Business (BAB) and British-American Business Council (BABC) speak for over 2000 UK and US-based companies on both sides of the Atlantic.

Our membership includes leading British and American companies, contributing significantly to jobs, growth and innovation on both sides of the Atlantic.

We are committed to helping UK and US Governments with our expertise and transatlantic presence in their efforts to open a new chapter in the UK-US economic relationship; a relationship that is so crucial for the prosperity for our economies, companies and citizens.

Read More for 10 areas that we see as a starting point for collaboration, which can help leaders strengthen this special relationship and shape objectives for the future.
BAB BABC Statement on UK Triggering Article 50

"The UK Government has officially notified the European Commission of its intention to withdraw from the European Union. While the majority of BritishAmerican Business members had not been in favor of leaving the EU, they remain fully committed and ambitious when it comes to their business in the UK and in the transatlantic economy.

Our members want the UK to remain an attractive place to live, work and invest in. For that to work, it is imperative that the UK makes its relationship with the EU work for business and that Government delivers on its promise to offer the business community a clear and realistic time frame and pathway for an ambitious future relationship with the EU, post-Brexit, right from the start of the negotiations."

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From The Consul General's  Desk
By now, many of you will have heard of the horrific attacks on London last month. As a result, I thought it best to reiterate the Prime Minister's words following the attacks.

Terrorists have a clear aim and that is to create discord, distrust and to create fear. But we are not afraid, our resolve will never waiver in the face of terrorism.

The location of this attack was no accident. The terrorists chose to strike at the heart of London, where people of all nationalities, religions and cultures come together to celebrate the values of liberty, democracy and freedom of speech.

The streets of Westminster - home to the world's oldest Parliament - are engrained with a spirit of freedom that echoes in some of the furthest corners of the globe. And the values Parliament represents - democracy, freedom, human rights, the rule of law - command the admiration and respect of free people everywhere.

That is why it is a target for those who reject those values.

Any attempt to defeat those values through violence and terror, however, is doomed to fail. We will not allow voices of hate and evil to drive us apart. We will not give in to terror. We will move forward together.

While we've stepped up police patrols, and made a commitment of £2.5 billion was made to invest in global security, intelligence networks and additional counter-terrorism experts, it's the million acts of normality that are the best response to terrorism.

These events, though, also provide a reminder of the exceptional bravery of our police and security services who risk their lives to keep us safe. These exceptional men and women ran towards the danger even as they encouraged others to move the other way.

So thank you to those who serve to keep us safe and thanks to our friends and allies who have made it clear they will stand with us.
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Previous BABC Events
BABC Young Professionals March Happy Hour

Once again thank you to Hotel Vitale and Americano Restaurant and Bar for hosting our monthly Young Professional Happy Hour.

The Young Professionals Committee were delighted to welcome new and returning attendees to this increasingly popular networking event.

Guests represented a variety of industries including graphic design, recruitment, banking, asset management, fashion and financial advisors.

The event takes place every SECOND Tuesday of the month and affords Bay Area's young professional community the opportunity to connect and network.

Click here to see the photos
British Expats Evening - Immigration, Tax & Retirement Solutions You Need to Know!

The BABC's annual British Expats Evening took place , generously hosted by Global Money Transfer c ompany, OFX.

The evening afforded
both newcomer and established attendees the opportunity to network and learn from our member experts the key steps they should be taking to mitigate risks surrounding their tax and immigration status. 

Also presented were some important "plan-forward strategies" to gain a strong credit profile as well as how best to manage any retirement plans left in the UK.
Moderated by Jason Kumpf from OFX, t he panel consisted of: Tax: Charlotte Wall, (Spott Lucey & Wall), Immigration: James Mayock (E & M Mayock), Banking/Credit: Arnaud Sintes (Bank of the West), Retirement: Charles Cockerton (Florin Pensions LLC) .
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BABC Member News
F&L Named FDI Advisory Firm of the Year 2017

London, UK, Wednesday March 23rd 2017: The inaugural FDI Awards last night named Fitzgerald & Law (F&L) 'FDI Advisory Firm of the Year'.

F&L's Senior Partner, Gabriel Parrish, a ccepted the award at the ceremony which took place at the Montcalm Hotel Grand Ballroom in Marble Arch in front of over 250 leaders from the FDI industry. The FDI Awards are designed to honour those making significant contributions to UK inward investment.

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Latest issue of 360°view - A Changing World

The latest issue of our global thought leadership magazine 360ºview explores some of the new and unexpected challenges the construction industry is facing in 2017. These challenges are matched by opportunities. To seize them, the industry must adapt rapidly - embracing change and disruption, and exploring new forms of funding, programme set-up and delivery.

Read the full issue
Harlequins Announce New and Exciting Hospitality Website

Harlequins have launched their full range of hospitality opportunities on their new website. Whether you are wanting to celebrate a special occasion at one of their home fixtures or looking to secure seasonal hospitality in your own exclusive box - or one of their four executive Lounges - they have the perfect option for you!

Read More


San Francisco & Oakland Market Review

Download the latest report here for data on asking rents, vacancy, and availability, along with details of some recent transactions plus asking rents around San Francisco and Oakland.


SuiteAmerica named Supplier of the Year

MoveCenter, an award winning global Relocation Management company with over 50 years of industry experience, recently announced their 2017 Relocation Supplier Awards naming SuiteAmerica as the Corporate Housing and Destination Services Supplier of the Year. 

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Girls In Tech announce Keynote speaker Rebecca Minkoff at Catalyst Conference

Girls in Tech announce talented designer and founder, Rebecca Minkoff, as the newest keynote -- joining 60+ exceptional speakers at Girls in Tech's Catalyst Conference in San Francisco, June 20-22!

'We're thrilled to have such a huge advocate of fellow female entrepreneurs and women empowerment taking the stage.'  
 
Come catch Rebecca in action. Buy your ticket here before they sell out!
Meet our Members
New Corporate Level Members
Delightful Communications

Delightful Communications is a 
Modern Marketing & Digital PR consulting agency that creates next-generation experiences to help businesses and individuals keep the pace with growing digital audiences through creative ideation, strategic planning, captivating content and enduring amplification.
 
Our mission is to build brilliant brands through people, not just pixels, helping your message and purpose be more discoverable, sharable and memorable by putting people - customers, executives and employees - at the heart of each and everything you do.

http://www.delightfulcommunications.com/
CFGI LLC

CFGI is a highly specialized financial and accounting consulting firm strategically positioned to help companies through a range of routine and complex business scenarios.  As an extension of your corporate finance team, CFGI works alongside internal staff, serving in a variety of roles - from technical accounting advisor to M&A support to Controller or CFO - and delivering seamless support services.
 
CFGI is an established industry leader with the resources to successfully navigate today's complex accounting, reporting, tax and compliance landscape. CFGI can fulfill a variety of client needs without the restrictions of auditor independence. Our value-added services are focused on the following key areas:
 
*             Private Equity Services
*             CFO Services
*             Consulting
*             Interim Management
*             Corporate Tax
*             Valuation

http://www.cfgi.com/
New Community Partner Members

New Individual and Young Professionals Members  
New Individual Members:

Sanjay Agarwal
Phong Nguyen
Trevor Hughes 
 
N ew Young Professional Members:

Meredith Sellers
Irina Tsveklova  
Our Thanks to these Renewing Members
Patron Level Members 
Hogan Lovells

Why choose Hogan Lovells?

Straight talking. Understanding and solving the problem before it becomes one. Delivering clear and practical advice that gets your job done. Hogan Lovells offers extensive experience and insight gained from working in some of the world's most complex legal environments and markets for corporations, financial institutions, and governments. We help you identify and mitigate risk and make the most of opportunities. Our 2,500 lawyers on six continents provide practical legal solutions wherever your work takes you.
A fast-changing and inter-connected world requires fresh thinking combined with proven experience. That's what we provide. Progress starts with ideas. And while imagination helps at every level, our legal solutions are aligned with your business strategy.
When law, policy and politics converge, you need advisors who do not see Brexit through a narrow lens. You need advisors who see the big picture but don't miss the details. In uncharted waters, you need advisors who are not afraid to innovate. We have been leading analysis of Brexit since before the referendum was promised.
 
The firm's Constitutional Change Taskforce (CCT) brings together senior thought leaders from across Hogan Lovells to analyze, anticipate, and help clients to navigate Brexit. We collaborate with our clients and other experts to provide a holistic view of the risks and opportunities. We are ready to help you to make the best of it by delivering sound legal analysis, global perspective and active engagement with policy makers.

www.hoganlovells.com
Premier Level Members 
Fitzgerald & Law

F&L (Fitzgerald & Law) is an essential resource for North American headquartered companies, providing advice when they set up in the UK and continuing to support them as their EMEA operations grow.

They set themselves apart from other firms by employing the best people in the industry and through the range of services they provide including:

- Company Formation
- Immigration
- Tax
- Accounting
- Audit
- Financial Advice
- Employee Benefits & Financial Services
- Payroll
- HR
- IT, Communications & Mobile Devices

Their specialist teams work together on a global scale through the GEA Network to help clients meet their obligations and solve their problems.
They are dedicated yet flexible in their approach and strive to build lasting relationships with the people they advise.

LoopUp

LoopUp is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) conferencing solution for remote enterprise meetings. We exist for two reasons: to make conference calls less painful and to make collaboration easy.

Conference calls and online meetings have been painful for a long time - we think too long! 'Who just joined?' 'Who's that speaking?' 'Who has all the background noise?' 'Can you see my screen yet?' These are just a few of the classic frustrations that have plagued conference calls and online meetings for the last 20 years that plague them still today.

LoopUp solves these problems in a simple and powerful way. A LoopUp invite is created in a couple of clicks, formatted with your meeting details. LoopUp alerts you when your first guest joins the meeting, calls out to your phone when you first guest joins the meeting, calls out to your phone when you wish to join, shows you who's on and who's speaking, and lets you share your screen with a click.

LoopUp sells direct to the enterprise market and via major distribution partners including Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, BT, and Cable & Wireless Communications. LoopUp is delivered globally 24x7 from regional data centers and support teams in Europe, North America and Asia- Pacific.

Corporate Level Members 
CCW Business Solutions

CCW Business Solutions
We help US based companies establish their international sales and support offices and then provide those offices with the necessary accounting, tax, compliance, payroll and HR services that they need in order to both stay compliant with local regulations and stay focused on their core business.

20/20 Productions

20/20 Productions is a corporate communications production company, specializing in video, events and digital design.

Founded in 1990, based in Edinburgh, Scotland and San Francisco, the company assists Clients throughout the US, Europe and beyond. 20/20 Productions Founder and CEO Andy MacKay has over 30 years experience in the presentation industry, working globally on projects for Clients ranging from start-ups to the United Nations (literally!). The success of the company is based on our creative but 'common-sense' approach to communications.

RBC Wealth Management

London based bank of specialist US/UK managers providing international investments, lending and trusts to US persons resident in the US or elsewhere.

We are one of the few SEC-licensed, FSA registered advisors in London. Working with lawyers, accountants and financial planners across the world, we provide tax efficient solutions for US citizens.

https://www.rbcwealthmanagement.com/
Kidder Matthews

Founded over 40 years ago, Kidder Mathews has grown to become the leading independent commercial real estate firm on the West Coast. We have over 450 professionals and employees in nine offices throughout Washington, Oregon, and Northern California, and we are actively involved in the cities and communities we serve. We have built a reputation of absolute integrity, high-level expertise, and incredible client service, that continuously impresses our clients.

Business and Community Partner Members 








Individual and Young Professionals Members  


Individual Members:

Lindi Sabloff
Brian Ward
Andrew Greenman
Elizabeth Monnet
Chris Richardson
Forrest Booth
Malcolm Booth
Steve White
Ian Burditt
Matthew Lambrinos
Elena Smirnov-Otis
Tony Sumpster 
 
Young Professional Members:

Rebecca Murphy 
Young Professional Corner
Thank you to our Young Professional Committee Members:

Barbara Taylor
Barbara Taylor
Sequioia Consulting Group
Co-Chair
Becky Murphy
B51

Co-Chair & Social Media
Charles Cockerton
Florin Pensions

Committee Party Lead & Pub Quiz support team
Gareth Davis
Fitzgerald & Law

Happy Hour Lead

William Matthews
Aboda

Co-Event Lead
Aislin O'Connor
Onfido

Alumni Liason
Lucy Feltham
Wilton & Bain

Membership Lead
Bharath Guruprasad
HSBC

Pub Quiz Lead




Jessie Vann
Moshi

Marketing Lead
Will Turner
HSBC

Pub Quiz Lead
Jason Kumpf
OFX

European Networking Lead & Pub Quiz support team
Brittany Buxton
KPMG

Career Workshop Lead
Troy Christiansen
Anderson Tax

Finance & Career Workshop Support

If you are interested in joining the Young Professionals committee, please contact btaggart@babcsf.org for more information - must be a Member of the BABC
Member Offers & Discounts
Please log in to the BABC Member Information Center to access these fantastic Member-Member Hot Deals and Discounts.

If you have forgotten your username and password, you can reset it here.
FREE CleanSpace Tag!


Did you know that California suffers 21,000 early deaths each year due to air pollution? That's 7 times the number of fatalities from motor vehicle crashes.*
 
Our members Drayson Technologies are offering fellow members a FREE CleanSpace Tag (worth $50) to pair to your smartphone so you can see the air you're breathing, avoid the worst of it and monitor your exposure in the longer term. It's part of a global initiative to better inform people on air pollution and help drive a change in behaviour and clean up the air we breathe faster. The BABC has a limited stock so it will be on a first come first served basis until our stock is gone.
 
To claim your free Tag... email Natalie Cowie with your shipping address
(contact details below) 
 
You can also talk to Drayson Technologies about how indoor air pollution and temperature monitoring for your buildings, assets and vehicle fleets can deliver operational and cost efficiencies and employee health and well-being benefits. 

As a member of the BABC your company will get 25% off your first-year subscription to indoor and outdoor air quality monitoring services.

Contact, Natalie Cowie,
VP Business Development on +1 (415) 949-8257 / natalie.cowie@draysontechnologies.com
 
Goldschmidt Vineyards is pleased to offer BABC Members significantly discounted pricing on the following wines:
 
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon - Forefathers, Alexander Valley
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon - Game Ranch, Oakville
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon - Yeoman Vineyard, Alexander Valley
2013 Chelsea Goldschmidt Merlot - Dry Creak Valley
2013 Gracepoint Petite Sirah, Alexander Valley
2015 Sauvignon Blank - Forefathers, Marlborough

$50 off Youth Soccer Camp Fees


Soccer Camps International is pleased to offer fellow members of the British American Business Council Northern California a $50 discount on booking any Soccer Camps.


Please quote the online discount registration code: englandpromotion50

Soccer Camps International is the leader in specialized soccer training at the Official Elite Youth Soccer Camps and Soccer Schools of the most successful Professional European Soccer Clubs in England: Chelsea FC Foundation Soccer Schools, Manchester City Football Performance Program, Arsenal Soccer Schools, Liverpool FC International Academy Soccer Schools; In Spain: Real Madrid, FC Barcelona; In Italy: AC Milan, Juventus, In Portugal: Benfica Lisbon and in France: Paris Saint Germain, Bordeaux.

Soccer Camps International offers Easter and Summer Soccer Camps sessions in Europe for boys and girls, 7 - 18 year olds. Thousands of players from all over the world have participated at these Official Clubs International Youth Soccer Camps and Soccer Schools over the years.

For more information: phone:  (650) 324-9899 
Valid: January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017
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