The internationally renowned IR Magazine Awards – Europe will take place on Thursday, June 20, 2019 to honor excellence in the investor relations profession. The prestigious ceremony, now in its 29th year, will host the best of the IR community from across Europe at 8 Northumberland Avenue in London.
Since the event first launched in 1990, tens of thousands of analysts and investors have voted in the surveys behind the awards. The result: vital benchmarking information on which companies do the best IR. Over the last two decades the awards program has expanded to recognize more aspects of an IRO’s role as we add new categories to the list.
By popular demand, we will once again present two types of award categories in 2019 – researched and nominated – both celebrating the success of those individuals and companies that are leading the way in IR across Europe.
For our awards-by-research categories, companies do not submit nominations. Instead, hundreds of analysts and investors cast their votes and give their opinions on which companies provide the best IR service. For our awards-by-nomination categories, companies have the opportunity to nominate themselves or other publicly listed companies, free of charge, for aspects of IR that complement our awards by research.
More information on the categories, how the winners are chosen and a glimpse into how this fantastic evening is shaping up can be found below. Join us to meet the companies that are consistently raising the bar and pushing the profession forward through innovation.
We look forward to celebrating with you this summer!
We are delighted to announce that Paul Sinha will be the master of ceremonies at this year’s awards presentation.
After turning to stand-up as a break from his studies while he was a junior doctor, Paul Sinha went on to become both a practising GP and an Edinburgh comedy award nominee. He continued to perform while working as a locum, at the same time his experiences on the NHS frontline became a great source of material.
Having now forsaken doctoring, Paul is frequently heard on Radio 4 and 5Live displaying his knowledge, passion and wit on current affairs and sport – especially cricket and football – on everything from his own documentary features to The News Quiz, Just A Minute, The Now Show, Fighting Talk and Yes It’s The Ashes. He wrote and hosted his own documentary for Radio 4, The Sinha Test in which he looked at the intertwining of sport and nationality, a theme he revisited for the Olympics with The Sinha Games. He also presented his History Revision series which took on the more unusual, yet telling aspects of history, and appeared on QI, Would I Lie to You?, and ITV4’s sporting quiz Football Genius.
A quiz obsessive (and a regular ﬁxture in the UK’s top 20 best quizzers) Paul realised a lifelong dream by appearing on special editions of both University Challenge and Mastermind. He appears as a ‘chaser’ on ITV’s popular quiz show The Chase (where Paul is known as ‘The Sinnerman’). As well as participating in televised and pub quizzes, he writes and hosts them. He’s also a published writer with his ﬁrst book The Real British Citizenship Test: What You Really Need to Know to be a UK Citizen taking a comic look at British identity and stereotypes. Paul made headlines when he offered Gordon Brown some tips on how to keep his jokes fresh.
We are pleased to announce the nominees of this year's awards!
Find out who has made the short list by clicking on the categories below or view the entire list here.
The winners will be announced at our prestigious awards ceremony on June 20.
Our awards-by-research nominees are determined by the input of hundreds of analysts and portfolio managers, who give their opinions on which companies provide them with the best IR service in Europe.
REN – Redes Energéticas Nacionais
Deutsche Post DHL
EDP – Energias de Portugal
Rui Antunes, EDP Renováveis
César García & Antonio Velázquez-Gaztelu, Enagás
Christian Stöhr, HUGO BOSS
Olli Turunen, Kemira
Oliver Stratmann, Lanxess
Harry Stokes, SEGRO
Christian Lamprecht & Oliver Schmidt, Allianz
Thomas Kudsk Larsen, AstraZeneca
Sergio Gámez, Banco Santander
Miguel Viana, EDP – Energias de Portugal
Ignacio Cuenca & Diego Morón, Iberdrola
Gunhild Grieve & Martin Vahlbrock, RWE
Royal Dutch Shell
Deutsche Post DHL
British Land Company
Great Portland Estates
EDP – Energias de Portugal
The first thing to explain is that our awards by research are different from most others and from our awards by nomination: for our awards by research, companies do not submit nominations. The winners are identified by in-depth research and any publicly traded company is eligible to be considered. This survey is the only one of its kind to go directly to the investment community, via a combination of an electronic survey and one-to-one telephone interviews, canvassing the opinions of the people who matter to you most.
The research survey for the 2019 awards is now closed and we are no longer able to invite your buy and sell-side analysts and portfolio managers to take part in the survey. If you would like to send us the list ahead of next year, please send an Excel file with their names, firm, their direct telephone number and their email address to [email protected].
November – December: Online survey
IR Magazine has been building investment community databases over the past 20 years. As part of the updating process, listed companies are contacted every year for details of the professionals who currently cover their stock. A preliminary electronic survey of buy-side and sell-side analysts and portfolio managers is then conducted.
December – February: Telephone survey
The responses from the electronic survey then go to Mary Maude Research for initial analysis. The research firm determines what will constitute a representative sample, weighted for Europe’s industry sectors and geographical regions. It then conducts in-depth interviews with 500 portfolio managers and analysts across Europe. As the research progresses, the sample is adjusted to ensure appropriate weightings are maintained.
March – April: Results analysis & short lists
Once the survey stage of the research is completed, the final analysis is undertaken. The companies with the highest scores make the short lists for the awards categories, and the points are further analyzed to identify the best exponents of IR by sector and by country.
The independence of our research is crucial to the integrity of the whole awards program, so IR Magazine sees the results only once the research is complete. This ensures a transparent, independent set of results that IROs can trust as a valuable benchmarking tool.
IR Magazine receives the results in March and contacts the short-listed companies to give them the good news. The short list is then published to the entire IR community the month before the event.
June: Winners announced
This year’s winners will be announced live on stage at a black-tie awards ceremony in London on June 20, attended by the leading lights of European investor relations.
July: Report published
After the event the Investor Perception Study – Europe 2019 report will be made available to professional subscribers to IR Magazine. This report will profile the top ranked companies and reveal information on how they conduct their IR activities and why investors voted for them.
For further information on this year’s investor survey, please contact Janet Dignan at +44 20 8004 6322.
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We are pleased to announce the nominees of this year's awards!
Find out who has made the short list by clicking on the categories below or view the entire list here.
The winners will be announced at our prestigious awards ceremony on June 20.
For our awards-by-nomination categories, individuals and companies were given the opportunity to submit written entries, free of charge, to be put forward to a panel of expert judges made up of investment professionals and IR Magazine editorial members.
Royal Dutch Shell
McCarthy & Stone
Royal Dutch Shell
Apax Global Alpha
John Laing Environmental Assets Group
Royal Dutch Shell
Charlotte Parry, Arix Bioscience
Eduardo García, Meliá Hotels International
Juan Gómez Vega, Neinor Homes
Claire Hawkins, Phoenix Group
Calle Loikkanen, Valmet
We are no longer accepting entries for this year’s awards-by-nomination categories. Please note that categories are subject to change based on the final nomination results announced in 2019. We will inform short listed companies and individuals by the end of April. Good luck!
The awards by nomination differ from our traditional awards by research, as individuals and companies are given the opportunity to submit written entries, free of charge, to be put forward to a panel of expert judges made up of investment professionals and IR Magazine editorial members.
The judging process is made up of two simple phases:
Phase 1: Judges are sent all submissions for review. They are asked to score the entries for each category based on the criteria. The judges scores will then be collated and averaged, which will form the initial short lists.
Phase 2: For the second phase, judges come together to discuss, with renewed scrutiny, those entries that have made it through to the shortlist. This final stage will determine the winners and runners up, where applicable, in each category.
The judges scores will not be shared with nominees, however, comments may be published in articles or reports after the event. The judges are not required to make comments against every submission.
Head of research
Mike Allen is an experienced analyst, having worked at UBS Global Asset Management and Numis Securities, before becoming a founding director in the Panmure Gordon Liverpool office. In his current role, Mike is head of research at Zeus and has been instrumental in attracting a number of key corporate clients, and has also played a role in some of the company’s largest deals. During his career, Mike has been rated as a top three analyst in the business services sector in the Extel Survey and has also won numerous awards with Starmine and The Wall Street Journal.
Biography coming soon.
Co-CIO for European and German mid/small cap
Allianz Global Investors
Heinrich Ey has worked at Allianz Global Investors since April 2006. Besides managing an analyst team of six regional telecom and media analysts, he covers 30 telecom stocks with his own modelling and formal recommendations. He is also the lead portfolio manager for the Allianz telemedia funds, which have won several awards from Lipper and Euro Finanzen in the last couple of years. His focus in the last two years has been on digital disruption trends and their impact on traditional business models within his industries, and he was part of the jury for the German Stevie Awards in 2016.
Before taking on his current role, Ey worked for four years as an analyst at AGI. Prior to that, between 2000 and 2002, he managed European and global equity funds for institutional and retail clients and was a member of the TMT sector team at Allianz Asset Management. He started his career in asset management at Allianz in 1995 as a buy-side trader for equity, fixed income and derivatives.
Garnet Roach joined IR Magazine in October 2012, working on both the editorial and research sides of the publication. Prior to entering the world of investor relations, her freelance career covered a broad range of subjects, from technology to politics and consumer finance, and even involved a stint as a reporter and editor in Sana’a, Yemen.
Since graduating from City University in London in 2003, where she studied journalism, Roach has worked as a freelance reporter at titles including GlobalPost.com, PC Advisor and The Big Issue.
Head of fund & asset management
Caroline is head of fund and asset management at Courtiers, a wealth management firm headquartered in Oxfordshire. She is a fund manager responsible for managing over £0.6 billion in client assets, across a range of award winning multi-asset and equity funds. Caroline joined Courtiers in 2000. She holds a Masters degree in civil engineering and started her working career as a civil engineer before putting her analytical skills to good use within investment management.
Caroline is a CFA charterholder. She also holds professional accreditations from the Personal Financial Society and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.
Francesca Suarez began her career as a financial analyst in Avon Cosmetics. She later joined Natixis Asset Management as an SRI analyst in 2012. Francesca is currently the analyst for the food & beverage, textile and apparel and HPC (home and personal care) industry in the responsible investment research department of Mirova. She is also the analyst responsible for the sustainability opinions of sovereign issuers and sustainable bonds analysis.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Engineering from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines and a Master’s degree in Sustainable Development from HEC Paris.
Edouard Vecchioli is co-founder of Parus Finance and has been a portfolio manager of the Parus Fund, a global long-short equity hedge fund, since its inception. He has more than 20 years of experience in financial markets and more than 15 years’ experience of equity buy side. Prior to this, he worked for three years at Paribas London as a proprietary trader on emerging markets currencies and for two years at the Milan branch of CA Indosuez as an FX trader. Vecchioli has a master’s degree in financial markets and a degree in business management from the Université Paris-Dauphine.
Senior executive director
Gervais Williams joined Miton Group in 2011. He manages a number of funds and trusts that aggregate to over £1.5bn. He is also senior executive director at Miton Group. His fund management career extends over 30 years including 17 years at Gartmore Group, where he was head of UK Small Companies investing in UK smaller companies and Irish equities. Gervais is a member of the AIM Advisory Council, chairman of the Quoted Companies Alliance and a board member of The Investment Association. He was also on the EU Taskforce reviewing why the number of smaller IPOs has declined over recent decades. Gervais Williams published his first book ‘Slow Finance’ in the autumn of 2011, and his second book ‘The Future is Small’ was published in November 2014. His most recent book ‘The Retreat of Globalisation’ was published in December 2016. Gervais was awarded Fund Manager of the Year 2014 by What Investment.
Taking place on the morning of the awards ceremony, the IR Magazine Think Tank – Europe is an invitation-only event exclusively for senior IROs.
It is free to attend and our unique format enables participants to network extensively, discuss, debate and dissect topical issues affecting European IR. We have over 100 senior IR professionals attending and this year, we are focusing on the big five questions facing European IROs.
It is far removed from the traditional conference set-up as the event consists of a series of panel sessions followed by roundtables on select IR issues. All discussions are confidential so you can have a free and open chat with your peers.
Visit our think tank website to view the list of topics we will discuss and request an invite.
Attendees are leading IR practitioners from across Europe. Each participant is someone with an established track record and a strategic IR role within his or her company. We have over 300 IR professionals attending this year. Some of the companies attending include:
|Job title||Company name||Job title||Company name|
|Assistant company secretary||Henry Boot||Head of investor relations||Lloyds Banking Group|
|Assistant company secretary||AstraZeneca||Head of investor relations||Phoenix Group Holdings|
|Assistant director||IFC Group||Head of investor relations||REN – Redes Energéticas Nacionais|
|Business development consultant||Design Portfolio||Head of investor relations||RWE|
|Business development manager||EQS Group||Head of investor relations||SEGRO|
|Capital markets & IR manager||Neinor Homes||Head of investor relations||Tesco|
|CEO||CMi2i||Head of investor relations||Umicore|
|CEO, EMEA||Orient Capital||Head of investor relations||William Hill|
|Chairperson||ABIRD||Head of investor relations||TUI Group|
|Chief commodity trading strategy||En+ Metals||Head of investor relations||TUI Group|
|Client director||EQS Group||Head of investor relations and comms||Euronav|
|Client relationship director||Jones and Palmer||Head of investor relations and comms||Orange|
|Client relationship director||Jones and Palmer||Head of IR services||RD:IR|
|Co-Head of client relations, EMEA||Orient Capital||Head of marketing||Trifast|
|Co-Head of client relations, EMEA||Orient Capital||Head of PR, brand and corporate comms||EMIS Group|
|Co-head of investment trusts||Blackrock||Head of research||Zeus Capital|
|Company secretary||Henry Boot||Head of sales and marketing, EMEA||Orient Capital|
|Company Secretary||Polymetal International||Investor relations||IHG Group|
|Consultant||Jones and Palmer||Investor relations director||McCarthy and Stone|
|Consultant||Jones and Palmer||Investor relations manager||Erste Group Bank|
|Corporate access||AstraZeneca||Investor relations manager||Ferrovial|
|Corporate accountant & company secretary||Trifast||Investor relations manager||GlaxoSmithKline|
|Creative lead||Jones and Palmer||Investor relations manager||GlaxoSmithKline|
|Creative lead||Jones and Palmer||Investor relations manager||Hays|
|Digital director||Design Portfolio||Investor relations manager||HSBC Holdings|
|Director||CMi2i||Investor relations manager||Kerry Group|
|Director||EcoAct||Investor relations manager||Lomsko Pivo|
|Director capital markets & strategic initiatives||En+ Consult||Investor relations manager||Novo Nordisk|
|Director of communications||McCarthy and Stone||Investor relations manager||Phoenix Group Holdings|
|Director of corporate messaging, IR||Jones and Palmer||Investor relations manager||Umicore|
|Director of financial communications||LVMH||Investor relations manager||Virgin Atlantic|
|Director of investor relations||AstraZeneca||IR||IHG Group|
|Director of investor relations||AstraZeneca||IR director||MTS|
|Director of investor relations||AstraZeneca||IR manager – AGA||Apax Partners|
|Director of investor relations||AstraZeneca||IR officer||Orange|
|Director of investor relations||Credit Suisse||IR services researcher||RD:IR|
|Director of investor relations||Merlin Properties||IRO||MOL|
|Director of investor relations||Merlin Properties||Junior IR manager||TUI Group|
|Director of investor relations||Valmet||Managing director||EQS Group|
|Director of strategy, M&A and IR||TUI Group||Managing director||Leaders Arena|
|DR team||JP Morgan||Managing director||RD:IR|
|DR team||JP Morgan||Managing director||Rothschild & Co|
|DR team||JP Morgan||Managing director, EMEA||D.F. King|
|DR team||JP Morgan||Marketing & business development executive||RD:IR|
|Finance director||Inland Homes||Marketing, comms and events manager||MEIRA|
|Financial risk manager||Novo Nordisk||Media and external affairs manager||Umicore|
|Global head of IR||GlaxoSmithKline||PA, corporate development and IR||AstraZeneca|
|Group communications & brand coordinator||Henry Boot||Project manager||Jones and Palmer|
|Group director of investor relations||Unibail Rodamco Westfield||Regional manager UK & Ireland||Business Wire|
|Group finance director||Henry Boot||Senior consultant||EcoAct|
|Group financial accountant||Northgate||Senior consultant||Fairvue Partners|
|Group financial controller||Arix Bioscience||Senior director of investor relations||AstraZeneca|
|Group financial controller||Northgate||Senior investor relations manager||K+S|
|Head of audit, enabling units & IT||AstraZeneca||Senior investor relations manager||Schneider Electric|
|Head of business development||CMi2i||Senior investor relations manager||Sika|
|Head of EMEA issuer services||RD:IR||Senior investor relations manager||Tesco|
|Head of global banking||VTB Capital||Senior investor relations manager||HSBC Holdings|
|Head of HR||Henry Boot||Senior investor relations officer||Royal Dutch Shell|
|Head of international listings||NYSE||Senior IR manager – UK, Ireland & Americas||TUI Group|
|Head of investor relations||Anglo Pacific Group||Senior IR officer||Royal Dutch Shell|
|Head of investor relations||Arix Bioscience||Senior vice president, investor relations||BASF|
|Head of investor relations||AstraZeneca||Strategic financial PR and IR adviser||Montfort|
|Head of investor relations||BT Group||Trainee shareholder analyst||RD:IR|
|Head of investor relations||BT Group||Vice president||BNY Mellon|
|Head of investor relations||En+ Consult||Vice president – depositary receipts||BNY Mellon|
|Head of investor relations||Equinor||Vice president, investor relations||Cargotec|
|Head of investor relations||Garanti Bank||Vice president, investor relations||Kemira|
|Head of investor relations||Gruppo Banca Sistema||Vice president, investor relations||Kone|
|Head of investor relations||K+S||VP IR Europe||Royal Dutch Shell|
|Head of investor relations||Kerry Group||VP, senior business development manager||BNY Mellon|
Berenberg was established in 1590 and today is one of Europe’s leading privately owned banks. The investment banking division employs 90 research analysts who currently cover more than 500 companies, promoted by a sales force of 50 based in London, New York, Frankfurt, Zurich, Paris, Boston and Hamburg, covering all major European and North American investment centers. Berenberg’s corporate access program consists of more than 500 non-deal roadshows, three flagship conferences, 15 thematic conferences and more than 100 client trips per year.
For more information, please visit www.berenberg.com.
BRR Media helps IR professionals to create engaging live-streamed and pre-recorded content for online audiences. Using our leading production capabilities and platform, our listed clients communicate directly with the sell-side and buyside rapidly and globally.
We produce a broad range of events, including executive video interviews, results or capital markets day presentations with synchronised slides, live interactive AGMs and shareholder briefings, self-produced videos and corporate/brand/product videos.
The content is managed via our proprietary platform, which is easily integrated into client websites. The content can also be distributed to investors directly across numerous relevant third party media partner outlets. To maximise audience reach, we have developed a network of media partners that includes professional trading platforms, national newspapers and specialist investor websites. We capture data and provide post-event feedback and analytics to companies, enabling them to monitor and measure the effectiveness of their communications.
BRR Media specialises in critical investor relations events, requiring swift mobilisation of production teams, reliable execution, operation within strict security and confidentiality parameters as well as rapid turnaround times.
Contact us via www.brrmedia.co.uk or 020 3435 7010 to see how we can help to broadcast your equity story and for further information.
CMi2i is a Forensic Capital Markets Intelligence & Engagement Specialist.
Working with Equity and Debt Issuers, Company Boards and Corporate Advisors, we provide market leading intelligence, tools, insight and advice to achieve goals in areas including Investor Relations, Mergers & Acquisitions, Shareholder Activism, Capital Restructuring, Corporate Reputation Risk Management and Regulatory Obligations.
For more information, please visit www.cmi2i.com.
Deutsche Bank’s DR team is part of the Trust & Agency Services business within Global Transaction Banking. In addition to specializing in administering cross-border equity structures such as American and Global Depositary Receipts, Deutsche Bank provides corporates, financial institutions, hedge funds and supranational agencies around the world with trustee, agency, escrow and related services. The Bank offers a broad range of services for a diverse set of products, from complex securitizations and project finance to syndicated loans, debt exchanges and restructurings.
Deutsche Bank is a leading client-centric global universal bank serving 28 million clients worldwide. The bank provides commercial and investment banking, retail banking, transaction banking and asset and wealth management products and services to corporations, governments, institutional investors, small and medium-sized businesses, and private individuals. Deutsche Bank is Germany’s leading bank, with a strong position in Europe and a significant presence in the Americas and Asia Pacific.
For more information, please visit www.adr.db.com.
EQS Group is a leading international provider of regulatory technology (RegTech) in the fields of corporate compliance and investor relations. In working with EQS Group, thousands of companies worldwide inspire trust by fulfilling complex national and international disclosure obligations, minimizing risks and communicating transparently with stakeholders.
EQS Group’s products are pooled in the cloud-based software EQS COCKPIT. They ensure the professional control of compliance workflows in the fields of whistleblower protection and case management, policy management, insider list management and disclosure obligations. In addition, listed companies benefit from a global newswire, investor targeting and contact management, IR websites, digital reports and webcasts for efficient and secure investor communications.
EQS Group was founded in 2000 in Munich, Germany. Today the group employs around 500 professionals and has offices in the world’s key financial markets.
For more information, please visit www.eqs.com
At Jones and Palmer we help you to craft memorable corporate stories that provide your stakeholders with the tools to make informed long-term decisions. Our award-winning consultancy-led approach gets us to the heart of your story, helping to structure your investment case and key messages. Collaboration between the team helps to elevate these messages through design and brand, resulting in high level,
informed digital and print products.
Reduce the time pressure from your reporting cycle with our proven ability to provide advice and tools to get a sector leading report. View our website for client testimonials, thought leadership articles and ideas for award-winning reporting. We’d love to talk to you about how we can help.
OTC Markets Group Inc. (OTCQX: OTCM) operates the OTCQX® Best Market, the OTCQB® Venture Market, and the Pink® Open Market for 10,000 U.S. and global securities. Through OTC Link® ATS, we connect a diverse network of broker-dealers that provide liquidity and execution services. We enable investors to easily trade through the broker of their choice and empower companies to improve the quality of information available for investors.
To learn more about how we create better informed and more efficient markets, visit www.otcmarkets.com.
OTC Link ATS is operated by OTC Link LLC, member FINRA/SIPC and SEC regulated ATS.
Q4 is the fastest growing cloud-based investor relations and capital market solutions to the IR Industry with over 1,200 clients. Public companies the world over (many of which are Fortune 1000 brands) look to our leading web and intelligence solutions to power successful (and award winning) IR programs — and to better connect with their investors, make more effective decisions, and understand the capital markets.
Learn more at www.q4inc.com.
RD:IR is Europe’s leading independent global investor relations consultancy, established in 2002 by Richard Davies, one of the UK’s leading IR practitioners and former Chairman of the IR Society. We provide bespoke client-focused IR data & services to more than 600 UK & international companies, ranging from small cap to FTSE 100 corporates and from brokers to fund managers.
Our aim is to present your investment case in the best possible way to the widest possible audience. We provide boards, senior management and IR professionals with the intelligence & insights to manage their relationships with stakeholders and the wider market. From conducting share register analysis, to finding new investors across the globe; and from helping you understand perception of your stock, to achieving high levels of voting at shareholder meetings, RD:IR works with its clients to provide independent and unconflicted IR advice and strategies.
IR:InTouch is our multi-functional online IR platform which is user-friendly while providing users with all the information and functionality needed to maintain a robust and efficient IR strategy.
RD:IR aims to complement the support provided by our clients’ existing advisors in the areas of:
• Shareholder analysis
• IR CRM
• Targeting & investor access
• Perception studies
• Proxy solicitation
For more information, please visit www.rdir.com.
For more information, please visit www.zebracc.co.uk.
Association of Bulgarian Investor Relations Directors /ABIRD/
For 12 years now the Association of Bulgarian Investor Relations Directors /ABIRD/ has been actively working to unite the interests and improve the qualification of local Investor Relations Directors – members of the organization, to improve the investment climate in Bulgaria and introduce high standards for presentation of the Bulgarian public companies to investors in the country and abroad.
We unite more than 110 Investor Relations Directors of public companies and other issuers of securities, and in 2016 we opened the doors of ABIRD for all colleagues who disclose information in accordance with the Bulgarian and European legislation, and communicate with institutions such as the Financial Supervision Commission, BSE – Sofia and the Central Depository.
ABIRD is an active participant in the Bulgarian capital market, a basic corrective in terms of amendments to the regulation and implementation of the European legislation. Our activities are focused on enhancing the professional qualification of Investor Relations Directors and all of the other officials engaged with investor communication and communication with the institutions on the capital market with the purpose to improve the best disclosure and transparency practices in the activities of public companies and other issuers of securities. We actively cooperate with all institutions and participants in the Bulgarian capital market.
The Association of Bulgarian Investor Relations Directors is a collective member the National Corporate Governance Commission, the Capital Market Development Council in Bulgaria, the Corporate Social Responsibility Council to the Minister of Labor and Social Policy, the Bulgarian Industrial Capital Association. Together with our national partners we strive to make Bulgaria a more attractive place for investments.
Contacts: +359 2 9882413 and [email protected]
Since 1991, AERI has been bringing together the most relevant IR professionals and other stakeholders in Spain, focusing on the development of best practices, but also on providing the best possible options for networking. AERI Members are well known for their top performance in the capital markets, always developing the highest standards in the Investor Relations world.
For more information, please visit www.aeri.es
Created in 1987, the Cliff is the French association of financial communication professionals and is a recognized voice for the profession in France. With an active programme fostering the sharing of experiences, of expertise and of evolving topics, a successful education training programme in partnership with a renowned French University (Paris-Dauphine) and its contribution to the annual publication of the “Financial Communications: Framework and Practices” together with the OCF, the Cliff helps promote the status of Investor Relations professionals.
For more information, please visit www.cliff.asso.fr/en/
The Danish Investor Relations Society (DIRF) was established by investor relations officers, financial and communications executives in a few Danish companies in 1988. The objective was and still is to promote communication between listed companies and their investors thereby increasing investor interest in Danish shares and company bonds.
DIRF represents some 270 members from approximately 100 companies. Members are primarily listed companies, and the member base represents about 95 per cent of the Danish market cap. However, also not-listed companies, organisations, service providers and consultants working with financial communications are represented, cf. DIRF members list.
The DIRF network seeks to meet its objectives by arranging members’ meetings and conferences dealing with current IR-topics, sessions with academics researching in IR-related areas, trends and new ways of performing the IR-profession, new media developments, new evaluation methods, and once a year the Copenhagen Stock Exchange hosts a network meeting etc. Members’ meetings normally take place 5-6 times a year.
For more information, please visit www.dirf.dk.
IR Club is a well-established investor relations community that allows IR professionals to network with peers from all over the world.
IR Club was formed in 2011, to address the need for an online investor relations community. Since then, it has become an overwhelming success and has around 1,400 members!
The main objectives of IR Club include the promotion of networking, communication, exchange and transfer of knowledge among investor relations professionals – we are particularly interested in the use of social media in investor relations.
IR Club is open to anyone interested in investor relations such as scientists, students and those wishing to make a career change. For the opportunity to mingle with practising IROs at all levels, as well consultants and service providers. Colleagues from the areas of private equity, open-end and closed-end funds, unlisted companies and of course all those who deal with the communication with lenders (creditor relations / fixed income) are welcome, too – we are all one ecosystem.
It takes no time to register as a member and it’s free of charge!
Email: [email protected]
Tel.: +49 177 232 0001
Email: [email protected]
Tel.: +49 177 232 0001
The IR club Schweiz was founded 1992 to promote the interests of the IR profession among Switzerland’s publicly-quoted companies. It is an interactive forum for the exchange of ideas, the discussion of current IR issues and the development of practical solutions.
For more information, please visit www.irclub.ch.
The Investor Relations Society (IR Society) is the UK’s professional body for everyone working in IR, either within listed companies or at the consultants, advisers and service providers who support the in-house IR teams.
We help our 800+ members to enhance their careers through professional development courses, access to latest news and best practice information and opportunities to network with their peers. We also work to raise the profile of the IR profession in the UK and beyond.
To find out what the IR Society can do for you, visit www.irsociety.org.uk
The National Autistic Society is the UK’s leading charity for autistic people and their families. Our goal is to transform lives, change attitudes and create a society that works for autistic people.
Autism is a lifelong disability which affects how people communicate and interact with the world. There are approximately 700,000 autistic people in the UK, as well as three million family members and carers of autistic people. As a spectrum condition, autistic people have their own strengths and varying and complex needs, from 24-hour care to simply needing clearer communication and a little longer to do things at work and school.
Since 1962, autistic people have turned to us at key moments or challenging times in their lives, be it getting a diagnosis, going to school or finding employment. We change attitudes by improving public understanding of autism and the difficulties many autistic people face. We also work closely with businesses, local authorities and government to help them provide more autism-friendly spaces, deliver better services and improve laws.
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Our awards provides a unique opportunity to get in front of some of the most influential people in the European IR community. As a sponsor, you will gain an extensive amount of exposure through a wide range of print and digital marketing materials, both pre and post event, as well as on the day itself. Additionally, you can use the event to align yourself with IR excellence and network with key decision makers from across the region – the ones pushing the profession forward through innovation.
Sponsoring the event will provide:
To find out more about the benefits of sponsoring and the various packages available, email Sébastien Dutrieu or call on +44 77315 33165.
The euphoria of winning an IR Magazine Award doesn’t end at midnight. Past winners have gone on to make outstanding contributions to the IR community by setting standards for good IR, mentoring the next generation of IROs, campaigning for gender equality in IR and pushing the boundaries of IR excellence.
Outside of the awards, our past winners have been able to justify increased budgets for their IR programs, found better prospects when recruiting resources, have increased credibility within the community, received increased visibility within their company and not least – enjoyed better career opportunities.
We feature winning companies on our website and publication to showcase their outstanding work which are examples of international best practice for shareholder communication.
WE KNOW HOW TO CELEBRATE!
We’ve been doing it for over two decades and our awards evenings are widely considered to be the best party on the IR calendar. The awards night provides an opportunity for companies to thank IR teams for the contribution they make on a daily basis because, let’s face it, too often they fail to thank the individuals working the hardest to deliver results.
We bring together in-house IR teams, agencies, service providers and members of the investment community to show our support for the IR profession.
8 Northumberland Avenue
IR Magazine has arranged preferential rates for awards guests at nearby hotels. View the hotels and rates by clicking here.
Attendees of the Europe Awards can also obtain preferential rates at the Club Quarters Hotel, located next door to 8 Northumberland Avenue. Click here to make a booking or call the reservations team on +44 20 7451 5800.
The event may contain flashing lights or sudden loud sound effects
Sign up for the complete experience below. You will have full access to the welcome drinks reception, the glamorous dinner, the prestigious awards ceremony and the fun-filled after party! The ‘corporate attendee’ rate is reserved for corporate IR professionals at publicly listed companies only. All others will have to book under the ‘non-corporate’ rate.
If you have any questions or need any assistance with booking, please contact Alice Kenning on +44 20 8004 6214 or at [email protected].
Please note that the IR Magazine Awards may contain flashing lights or sudden loud sound effects.