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A regular listing of events taking place around the world for American expatriates.  

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September 2019

September 17: American Citizens Abroad Town Hall Evening, Zurich 

The American Citizens Abroad is sponsoring one of its regular Town Hall Evenings at the Eglise Réformée Française in Zurich on Tuesday, September 17, beginning at 6:45pm and expected to run until 10pm.

Among the topics scheduled to be covered will be tax issues facing U.S. taxpayers living abroad in 2019, with a particular focus on the implications for expats of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act; estate and tax and financial planning challenges facing Americans resident in Switzerland in particular, including the so-called Rev Liv Trust; considerations facing individual U.S. taxpayers looking to start a company outside of the U.S.; and an update on the ACA’s current efforts in Washington. More than an hour of Q&A time will be provided for.

The scheduled speakers currently include Matthew Berlin, a trust and estates attorney who is a partner with Rubin and Rudman LLP, and who specializes in working with Americans who live overseas; Kenneth Freshman, CPA, a tax adviser, also specializing in U.S. expats, with KLR in Boston; Natalie Peter, a Swiss attorney with Blum & Grob, Zurich, who specializes in tax law, inheritance and estate planning and trusts; and Jonathan Lachowitz, CFP, an ACA board member and owner of White Lighthouse Investment Management, of Lausanne and Lexington, Massachusetts.

The Eglise Réformée Française is located at Schanzengasse 25, near its intersection with Promenadengasse. 

To register (online and in advance is preferred), click here. The fee is US$30; ACA members who register in advance may attend free of charge. Those paying at the door who have not registered will be charged CHF35, providing there are still seats available. More information may be found at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

September 18: Expat Financial Forum, American Church of Paris

A free, four-hour forum on financial topics for Americans will take place at the American Church of Paris, sponsored by Moneycorp, the currency exchange specialists; Dunhill Financial, and the Adrian Leeds Group.  Billed as “all you need to know in order to plan and invest successfully,” the event is scheduled to feature:

    * Kimberly Bingham of Private Rate/La Central de Financement, who will talk about financing;
    * Brian Dunhill of Dunhill Financial, who will address the U.S. FATCA regulations, and how to arrange one’s financial and estate planning in Europe;
    * Mojgan Ghanipour of MG Partners, who, along with Dunhill, will explain how recent changes in French and American tax codes are expected to affect expats;
    * Bruno Gruat of Moneycorp, who will explain why a currency broker can offer “a cost-effective and efficient way of exchanging currencies and managing your finances on different continents”;
    * Michael Larsen of American Citizens Abroad, who is due to give an update on the campaign to convince U.S. lawmakers to replace the U.S.’s current citizenship-based tax regime with a residence-based system;
    * Adrian Leeds of the Adrian Leeds Group, who will address the business of buying a French property.

There will be a break halfway through the event, during which cocktails and snacks will be available, and the event will end with a Q-and-A session.

The American Church of Paris is located at 65 Quai d'Orsay,  along the Seine in the 7th arrondissement, with the closest Métro stations being Alma-Marceau and Invalides. Participants must be at least 18; reservations are required, and seating will be limited. To reserve a place, click here. 

September 21: Renouncing your U.S. citizenship: Complimentary seminar, London, England

Moodys Gartner Tax Law, the Calgary, Canada-based law firm, will host the latest in its series of seminars covering the key topics of interest to many Americans living outside of the U.S. who are contemplating renouncing their American citizenship on Saturday, September 21, in London.

This seminar, which will be presented by Moodys Gartner’s Alexander Marino, will take place at the Waldorf Hilton on Aldwych, near Covent Garden, in the hotel's Adelphi suites Nos. 2 and 3.  It will begin at 10am and run for about two and a half hours.

Topics to be covered will include how to minimize the cost of renouncing, and how to ensure that one is able to enter the U.S. in the future without a problem.

For more information and to register, click here.

September 25: American Expats Financial Forum, Brussels

As part of an “Expat Information Fair” being organized by ING Group – the Dutch multinational banking and financial services company – and supported by the American Club of Brussels, this forum for American expatriates has been put together, to help bring Americans resident in Belgium together with a panel of experts. Hosting the event will be Brian Dunhill, founder and chief executive of Brussels-based Dunhill Financial. The event is due to begin at 6pm and run until around 8pm. 

For more information, click here. 

October 2019

October 5 (Saturday): Democrats Abroad United Kingdom's first-ever Tax Day, London  

An all day (10:30am - 5pm) event, this Democrats Abroad UK Tax Day is being described by its sponsors as "an all-encompassing event that will feature topics ranging from tax and financial planning to Social Security," with the aim of helping Americans abroad to "understand their tax-filing obligations and the financial complexities that accompany being an American abroad."

Speakers "confirmed so far" include Kristopher Heck, managing partner, Tanager Wealth Management; George King, senior wealth manager, Maseco; Jack Leuchtman, regional federal benefits administrator, Social Security Administration; Susan Shriver, tax consultant and former IRS executive; David Treitel, founder and managing director, American Tax Returns Ltd, and Liz Zitzow, managing director, British American Tax.

The event will take place at David Game College at 31 Jewry Street, near Aldgate High Street, London, EC3N 2ET.

To register (tickets are £40 each, £20 for concessions), click here. A Democrats Abroad spokesperson said ticket sales will be limited by the size of the venue, and early reservations are recommended. 

Those wishing to send questions in advance may do so to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Those wishing to be added to the DAUK tax committee's mailing list, to stay informed of the organizations advocacy worked, are invited to email this interest to the same address. 

The DAUK says that it is and will be unable to provide individual tax advice, and urges anyone who needs such advice to consult a professional tax adviser, accountant or tax return preparer.

October 10: B Corporation U.K.’s ‘B Inspired Day' in London

B Lab, the Pennsylvania-based organization behind the increasingly important, so-called B Corporation certification – which companies seek to obtain as proof of their adoption of a high standard of social and environmental performance, transparency, and legal accountability – is holding a day of events that it says are aimed at exporing "the rapidly changing role of business in society," while also celebrating those businesses "that are redefining their contribution" to the public good.

The event will feature what the B Lab organization describes as "a series of TED-style talks, kitchen table discussions and ‘fireside’ chats" that it says will explore "what we need to do now and tomorrow, to create an inclusive and durable economy for all." 

London "B Inspired Day" will take place at the Bridge Theatre, 3 Potters Field Park, south of the Thames near Tower Bridge and Tooley Street, beginning at 10am and lasting until 5pm. Tickets, which are now going at around £200 each, as the discount period has ended, may be reserved by clicking here.   

October 11 - 13: Democrats Abroad's 2019 EMEA Regional Meeting in Athens 

The Democrats Abroad will hold its 2019 regional meeting for Europe, the Middle East and Africa from Friday, Oct. 11 through Sunday, Oct 13 in Athens. The event will bring together leaders, volunteers and special guests, with the aim of preparing for the 2020 elections, and will include a "gala dinner".  For information click here. 


November 2019

November 17: American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce's 17th annual CSR conference, 'We Are The Change Generation,' at the Benaki Museum, Pireos, Athens  

This year's 17th annual CSR conference is being held in conjunction with the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce's own Corporate Responsibility Committee. The event is designed to enable delegates to build their CSR awareness, learn about new opportunities, and develop more meaningful corporate social responsibility practices. This year's conference, the organizers say, "will focus on four pillars: What Worries Us, What Changes Us, What Inspires Us, What is Next." The event's CSR Marketplace initiative, meanwhile, will "showcase best practices by companies, designed to promote more interaction, dialogue, and sharing among conference participants." More information on the event may be found by clicking here.

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