New Years Reception 2016

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Jan-21-2016: Achraf Sekhiri Director at Bridge North America President and CEO at Euro VAT Refund presented valuable information about doing business in Europe from an American perspective.

IMG_0054The evening was hosted and opened by our Honorary Consul in Los Angeles, Jan van Tilburg. Also in attendance was Mrs. Djoeke Adimi, acting general counsel of the Dutch Consulate in San Francisco.

Djoeke presented an update about important changes affecting the Dutch living in Southern California after the Dutch Consulate closed it’s doors in Los Angeles in September of 2015.



Achraf Sekhiri followed by providing a presentation on the typical pitfalls American businesses face when wanting to establish presence in Europe. Achraf explained where and how Bridge can help setting up and running an European headquarter for American companies.

Britta Erikkson’s presentation perfectly latched on to Achraf’s presentation and explained the differences between sales tax as we know it in the USA and sales tax versus VAT (value added tax) in Europe. Britta further explained which countries within the EU would be best suited for setting up a European HQ, and explained why the Netherlands in particular  is the country to choose. Multinationals like Amazon, Google, Ikea, are among the growing list of companies who setup their European operations in The Netherlands.

The presentations were succeeded by a new years reception in the foyer of Van Tilburg, Banvard & Soderbergh Architects office.

About Briddge 
Briddge is a Financial and Legal service provider with over 20 years of extensive experience and expertise. They are a team of approximately 30 people, located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. They offer high quality legal, accounting, fiscal, payroll and corporate services to assist you with every step of starting-up and running your operations in Europe, at very competitive prices. Briddge has a network of partners throughout Europe enables them to provide you and your subsidiaries with the best in class, in-country support.

About Euro VAT Refund
Britta Eriksson co-founded Euro VAT Refund, Inc, in 1992, and has been the company’s president and CEO since the start. Euro VAT Refund, Inc. (EuroVAT) is a leading U.S. financial services company specializing in assisting North American Companies with Value Added Tax (VAT) management, registration and refund when they do business internationally.

Ms. Eriksson is today one of the most knowledgeable Value Added Tax (VAT) experts within the United States, frequently educating and assisting tax managers within small to medium sized companies, as well as Fortune 500 companies, the United States Departments of Commerce, Revenue Canada, many of the European embassies, consulates and trade offices in the United States. In addition, Ms. Eriksson frequently contributes to articles in newspapers and trade magazines, such as Consumer Report, The Wall Street Journal, The World Academy, Beyond Borders and other trade publications. 

Among Euro VAT Refund’s 400+ clients are several Fortune 500 companies, as well as small to medium size companies, event planners, movie production companies and major entertainment companies.

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