Letter from the President

Nicholas Unkovic
BABC President & Partner

Dear Friend of the BABC,

The vacation months of summer may be here but we continue to be as busy as ever at the BABC Northern California.

In June, we held our monthly Young Professionals Happy Hour at Café Americano. Our continued thanks go out to Hotel Vitale for hosting this increasingly popular event. The young professionals committee were delighted to welcome attendees industries including software engineering, banking, internet security and marketing. The Happy Hour takes place every second Tuesday of the month and affords our young professional community the opportunity to connect and network with their peers. Follow this
link to sign up for next Tuesday's event. 
We were honored to join the British-Consulate General on Sunday 25th June to celebrate culture, diversity and equality in the United Kingdom at the San Francisco Pride parade. The BABC team and community marched down Market Street alongside a classic Rolls Royce to a welcoming crowd as part of the Love is Great Britain campaign.  
On June 29th, the BABC office hosted "Tea with HSBC", a presentation aimed at helping residents of the Bay Area secure a mortgage. Attendees learned about the importance of credit ratings, the foreign loan guidelines for international borrowers and how to decide if owning a home is right for them. Thank you to the team at HSBC for producing such a successful event.  

I'd like to draw your attention to an upcoming event on September 9th at Piper Park in Larkspur. Please join us for the 2017 Clashes for the Ashes match between the Aussies and the Brits, accompanied with an Aussie style BBQ and strawberries and cream. A day not to be missed! Registration available here.  

All the best,

Nicholas Unkovic

President, BABC Northern California
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From The Consul General's Desk

Last month, we welcomed 15 incredibly talented women CEOs to Silicon Valley for our third Female Founders Mission.

The mission aims to build new opportunities for these established businesses and foster relationships, inspiring the next generation of female founders and promoting diversity in the work place. Our Female Founders and their businesses were competitively selected for their innovation, their business to date as well as their ability to scale. The success of the visit is a reflection of the hard work put in by our Department for International Trade team, the Mayor of London's International Business programme and the organisers behind Silicon Valley Comes to the UK.

While these women have the chance to gain invaluable insights from some very successful companies, I'd be remiss if we didn't acknowledge that Silicon Valley does have its problems. The recent headlines across a number of companies have certainly given us all pause to reflect on the how we treat and include women in the work place.
This isn't something that can be ignored. Gender equality is a priority for the whole of the British government and is central to FCO's human rights work worldwide. We have contributed to the substantial progress which has been made in securing greater participation of women - particularly in conflict-affected areas - and in tackling sexual violence in conflict.  Nevertheless, womenremain underrepresented at most levels of government and in other formal decision making processes in very many parts of the world.
That's why we will continue to do what we can to support women in the tech sector, and promote the value of diversity in all its forms. Having had the pleasure to welcome and host this group of Female Founders, I can't wait to see what they do.
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At Wilton and Bain, we have a passion for all things people and culture. Wilton & Bain is a highly entrepreneurial and meritocratic environment. We are currently experiencing an exciting period of expansion in San Francisco and internationally and looking for a new addition to our high quality, dynamic team.

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BDO LLP Seeking Senior Marketing Specialist - Based in San Francisco.

BDO's Core Purpose is Helping People Thrive Every Day. Our Core Values reflect how we manage our work, our relationships and ourselves. As an employee of the firm, you will live true to our Core Values of people first, being exceptional every day in every way, embracing change, feeling empowered through knowledge and choosing accountability. Our Core Values are the standards by which we conduct ourselves day in and day out, both internally and externally.

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Previous BABC Events
BABC Young Professionals June Happy Hour 

On Tuesday we hosted our increasingly popular Young Professionals Happy Hour in Cafe Americano at Hotel Vitale. The Young Professionals Committee were delighted to welcome new and returning attendees to this networking event.

This month, guests represented a variety of industries including construction, nursing, engineering, banking, internet security and marketing.
Once again thank you to  HSBC  for sponsoring this event by purchasing drinks for the first ten people to arrive.  HSBC  will also be represented at next month's event, so come on down and learn how they can help you!
This event takes place every SECOND Tuesday of the month and affords Bay Area's young professional community the opportunity to connect and network.
See the photos from the evening  here
"Tea with HSBC" Mortgage Presentation

On 29th June 2017 the BABC were delighted to host "Tea with HSBC"; a mortgage presentation exhibited by BABC Patron member HSBC. The event was fully booked days in advance, and all attendees were eager to learn more on mortgages over a platter of delicious food and sweet Thai iced tea.

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The 61st BABC Annual General Meeting 2017

On Tuesday July 18th BABC Patron member Squire Patton Boggs kindly hosted the 61st BABC Annual General Meeting. Guests enjoyed the stunning view from the 25th floor of their Battery Street offices - a perfect backdrop for the event, our thanks to you!

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Young Professional European Networking Mixer - Palo Alto

The gorgeous weather at Law Firm Wilmer Hale set the tone for a fantastic event, and we welcomed over 70 attendees from a diverse range of businesses.

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BABC Member News
Fitzgerald & Law named FDI Advisory Firm of the Year 2017, London UK

The inaugural FDI Awards last night named Fitzgerald & Law (F&L) 'FDI Advisory Firm of the Year'.

F&L's Senior Partner, Gabriel Parrish, accepted 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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Fitzgerald & Law Shortlisted for Best International Tax Team

 Leaders in global expansion, Fitzgerald & Law (F&L), is delighted to announce that its tax team was shortlisted for Best International Tax Team of the Year 2017.

The award recognizes the excellent levels of service, growth, innovation and client satisfaction which distinguish F&L from its peers. The tax team was required to demonstrate that it has consistently delivered a substantial positive impact on clients' affairs by combining knowledge, skills and intellect with innovative thinking.

More Non-Stop Flights from the Bay Area to the UK

Fly British Airways from your choice of three hubs - San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose, and choose from non-stop flights to two of London's major airports, Heathrow and Gatwick.

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BABC and the British Consulate at San Francisco Pride

The weekend of the 7th-8th of June was dominated by glorious weather and equally fabulous outfits;of course Pride had taken over San Francisco and British were not left out!

Celebrations began on a Saturday in Civic Center Plaza in downtown San Francisco and the Parade, which takes place the Sunday morning of the event, kicked off from Beale Street along Market and finished in the heart of downtown San Francisco.

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iPresent - Transforming Presentations from Lifeless to Inspiring. Author - Ethan Warner.

You've spent months sweating over a presentation and hours pacing the hall, reciting key phrases under your breath. Now it's your big moment and you know what's at stake. You also know what you're up against.
International Expansion - top tips for employing people overseas

Expanding your business into new countries and markets brings with it great opportunities - it also presents some challenges! Getting your hiring right is key to maximising the opportunity.  We're not only talking about getting the right person for the role but also ensuring that they are hired in line with local laws and practices - here are our top tips for getting this right...
Raphael House - We are in need of Backpacks!

Help Raphael House kids get off to a great start in school by donating the essentials they need to succeed.

We are currently collecting backpacks between now and August 15. If you or your company would like to donate to our drive, please drop off any NEW backpack, that is not solid red or solid blue, to Raphael House at the front desk.

After a 2-year decline from 17 in 2014 to 9 in 2016, 100k+SF deals are back with 8 signed in the first half of 2017.

Larger tenants and larger deals continue to drive the Bay Area office market, with 8 transactions over 100,000 square feet in San Francisco already in 2017.

After a spike last year concerned observers, the amount of sublease space currently on the market has fallen sharply in the first ½ of 2017. Many growing companies have gravitated toward subleases due to their (sometimes) shorter term lengths, and some landlords have 'recaptured' sublease space in order to sign new direct deals at today's rents.

Due to the increased demand following their qualification for the European Champions Cup, hospitality availability is now very limited!

The only way to guarantee your places in hospitality for the coming season for all the Aviva Premiership and Champions Cup fixtures is by purchasing a Seasonal Hospitality Package

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As the Trump Administration and a Republican Congress make tax reform a priority, the time is now to get your business in front of potential tax reform changes to mitigate risks and leverage opportunities.

As part of its continuing expansion, Lewis & Llewellyn is pleased to welcome John Frost to the firm. John is joining us from the Chambers of the Honorable Joseph C. Spero, Chief Magistrate Judge of the Northern District of California.

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I am pleased to launch our annual review 2016-2017, which explores our people, projects and performance over the last financial year.In a year of volatility in many markets and sectors, we've worked hand-in-hand with our clients to respond and adapt to change.

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Did you know the greeting card you bought on a British high street may have come from a company that started out of a garage in Oakland, California? Or that over 2000 people in the UK wake up every morning to go work for aircraft manufacturer Boeing?

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The Bay Area Council Economic Institute, EIT Digital, and the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Business Associations invite you to the release of the Economic  Institute's new report, "Innovation Bridge: Technology, Startups, and Europe's Connection to Silicon Valley". Read More

Click here to read the release 

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 is coming to the US for the first time ever next summer. The fastest, most fun team sport in the world is coming to AT&T Park, home of the SF Giants baseball team.  

The best rugby sevens players from over twenty countries spanning across six continents will come together next July 20 - 22, 2018 in San Francisco, competing for world champions title. 

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Meet our Members
New Corporate Level Members  
Faithful + Gould

Faithful+Gould is a world leading integrated project and program management consultancy. Through intellect, innovation, positive thinking and problem solving, we protect and maximize our clients' interests. We call this Constructive Expertise.

Operating at the forefront of our industry for 70 years, we provide our quality services from strategically located offices across the Americas. We employ more than 500 collaborative and positive professionals that are unmatched in their commitment to their clients. Our relationships are built on trust and understanding and everyone on our team has the responsibility and authority to both find and deliver better ways to get things done.

Our integrated approach delivers business improvements and efficiencies that maximize value, while our comprehensive set of services instead of single disciplines allows us to better focus on the management of the construction process, the designer and the contractor.

Faithful+Gould is a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group.

New Business Level Members  

New Individual and Young Professionals Members  
Individual Members:

David Taylor 
Alison Carlson 
Mark Skilton 

Young Professional Members:

Thomas Eagleson
Emily Matthews  
Our Thanks to these Renewing Members
Patron Level Members

Cooley is widely recognized as one of the premier firms counseling public and private technology companies. High-growth companies choose Cooley. From upstarts armed with little more than a disruptive business model to well-established multi-billion dollar public companies, we guide clients through uncharted waters and the most complex and unique legal and business issues.

We represent more than 5,000 private company clients and serve as primary corporate counsel to over 140 public companies. Our clients include some of the most established names in technology today, including eBay, NVIDIA Corporation, Snapchat, Tableau Software, Uber and Yelp, to the leading technology names of tomorrow.

The Billion-Dollar Startup Club: Cooley is legal counsel to 35% of the US companies listed on the  Wall Street Journal Billion Dollar Startup Club.

Premier Level Members 
Royal Bank of Scotland

RBS is a UK-based banking and financial services company, headquartered in Edinburgh. RBS provides a wide range of products and services to personal, commercial and large corporate and institutional customers through its two main subsidiaries, The Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest, as well as through a number of other well-known brands including Citizens, Charter One, Ulster Bank and Coutts.

Our Personal & Business Banking and Commercial & Private Banking franchises provide services to over 17 million personal and business customers in the UK and to over 1 million personal and business customers in the Republic of Ireland. Our Corporate & Institutional Banking business serves our corporate and institutional clients primarily in the UK and Western Europe, as well as those US and Asian multinationals with substantial trade and investment links in the region.

Corporate Level Members 

Our clients are ambitious, growing and leaders in their field - just like us. Whether you're a start-up or an established global organisation - we have the team, the time and the experience to help you navigate even the most complicated commercial challenges facing your business.  With offices in the UK and Europe and clients around the world, we can help you thrive in a global economy.
Clients choose us because we understand their business, we've been in their shoes, and together we find solutions. It is our in-depth industry knowledge and down-to-earth delivery that means you can trust us to provide the best possible advice.
We talk in sectors - technology, media and communications; life sciences and healthcare; energy and natural resources; hotel and leisure; financial institutions; public sector and serious injury. We know these industries like the back of our hands.
We are a caring, sharing bunch with huge numbers involved in Corporate Responsibility. We promote diversity, encourage innovation and endorse collegiality every step of the way.


BDO is the brand name for BDO USA, LLP, a U.S. professional services firm providing assurance, tax, advisory, and consulting services to a wide range of publicly traded and privately held companies. For more than 100 years, BDO has provided quality service through the active involvement of experienced and committed professionals. The firm serves clients through more than 60 offices and over 500 independent alliance firm locations nationwide. As an independent Member Firm of BDO International Limited, BDO serves multi-national clients through a global network of 67,700 people working out of 1,400 offices across 158 countries.

- Unparalleled partner-involvement
- Deep industry knowledge and participation
- Geographic coverage across the U.S.
- Cohesive global network
- Focused capabilities across disciplines

BDO brings world-class resources and exceptional service to each and every one of our clients. BDO USA, LLP, a Delaware limited liability partnership, is the U.S. member of BDO International Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, and forms part of the international BDO network of independent member firms. BDO is the brand name for the BDO network and for each of the BDO Member Firms.

Business Level Members and Community Partners 

Individual and Young Professionals Members  

Individual Members: 

Jeremy Lathen
Stacey Archbell 
Preston Gordon
Withbert Payne 
Young Professional Members:

Rory Gammell
Barbara Taylor
Warren Openshaw
Intern Adventures
BABC Intern Adventures 

The BABC regularly welcomes interns on the J-1 visa program. Check out what they have been up to  here.

For information on the J-1 Visa Program, click here
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.
British Airways Promotional Offer for BABC members and BA Executive Club Members

Thanks to our friends at British Airways, the BABC is delighted to offer an amazing promotion to members who also sign up to the British Airways Executive Club

As an Executive Club Member, you can book flights to any long haul destination before1 February 2018 and enjoy a discounted fare when you fly in First, Club World, Word Traveller or World Traveller Plus.

This offer is only available to BABC members through the "Hot Deals" section on the member portal. Sign up for membership today here

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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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