The IR Magazine Awards – Europe will take place on Thursday, June 20, 2019 to honor excellence in the investor relations profession. The awards, now in its 29th year, will host the IR community from across Europe at 8 Northumberland Avenue in London.
In 2019, we will once again present two types of award categories – 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 do the best IR in Europe.
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.
We are now accepting entries for the awards-by-nomination categories! Click here to view the categories, form criteria and make a start on your entry. The deadline to submit nominations has been extended until Friday, March 22 (see form for extended entry deadline for best financial reporting only).
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Our awards-by-research nominees are determined by the input of hundreds of analysts and portfolio managers, who vote for the companies, IROs and senior management who provide them with the best IR service in Europe.
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].
You can find further details of the awards-by-research categories below. Please note that categories are subject to change based on the final research results announced in 2019 - you can view the list of 2018 winners here.
Don't forget to scroll down to view details about the awards-by-nomination categories and how you can submit a nomination.
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.
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.
In our awards-by-nomination categories, we offer individuals and companies the opportunity to nominate themselves, free of charge, for aspects of IR that complement our awards-by-research categories. Please note that categories are subject to change based on the final nomination results announced in 2019. View the list of winners from 2018 here.
We are now accepting entries for the awards-by-nomination categories! Click here to view the categories, form criteria and make a start on your entry. The deadline to submit nominations has been extended until Friday, March 22 (see form for extended entry deadline for best annual report only).
If you have any queries that are not answered on the form, please contact [email protected].
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.
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.
EQS Group is a leading international technology provider for Investor Relations, Corporate Communications, and Corporate Compliance. More than 8,000 companies worldwide use EQS Group’s offerings to fulfill complex national and international disclosure obligations, to minimize risk, and to reach stakeholders.
EQS Group is a digital single-source provider for global teams. EQS Group’s products and services include a global newswire, regulatory news distribution, investor targeting and contact management, and insider list management. These are integrated within a cloud-based platform, the EQS COCKPIT, to streamline the workflows of Investor Relations, Communications, and Compliance professionals. The Group also offers an innovative whistleblowing and case management software, IR website services, digital reports, and webcasting solutions.
EQS Group was founded in 2000 in Munich, Germany. Today, the group employs over 400 professionals around the globe and has offices in the world’s key financial markets.
For more information, please visit www.eqs.com
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 http://www.q4inc.com.
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
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 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
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.
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.
8 Northumberland Avenue
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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. Please note that these are our early bird rates which expire on May 10, 2019 – any bookings made after this date will be charged at the standard 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].
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