IR Magazine

IR Magazine Think Tank

Thursday, June 20, 2019


Interactive discussions on the big questions facing European IROs

The IR Magazine Think Tank – Europe is an invitation-only event exclusively for senior IROs.
free to attend and our unique format enables participants to network extensively, discuss, debate and dissect topical issues affecting European IR.

What makes our format so unique?
It is far removed from the traditional conference set-up as the event consists of a series of panel sessions followed by roundtable discussions on select IR issues. These interactive sessions are broken up by short, snappy briefings from top-rated IROs. All discussions are confidential and none of the participants’ comments are attributed. This allows attendees to talk freely and have frank, open discussions.

How do our roundtable discussions work?
 Senior people – industry experts, top-rated IROs and those from the financial community and the professions – set the agenda on a panel discussion by sharing their thoughts on session topics.
 Small roundtable groups of IROs discuss these issues face to face.
 Each table gives feedback from its own discussion and shares ideas with the group as a whole.


After speaking to heads of investor relations across Europe, we have narrowed down discussions into fiver big questions facing the European IRO in 2019, they are displayed in the agenda below.

Click on the session title to read about the topics in detail or view the pdf version here

  • 08:00 AM
    Registration and breakfast

    Network with your colleagues, enjoy breakfast on us and get an early seat ready for the interactive discussions.

  • 08:50 AM
    Welcome to the forum

    A quick guide to the event, how the interactive roundtables work and the ‘rules of engagement.’

  • 09:00 AM
    Snapshot: Briefing on the macroeconomic and financial trends impacting European public companies

    A short and sharp economic briefing will set the scene for the day’s discussions. Take stock of where we are right now, where we could be heading and what it means for investor relations.

    • Stay updated on the scale of the potentially disruptive impact arising from Brexit and abrupt fiscal tightening in the US
    • Understand forecasts for GDP growth, oil prices, interest rates and how these factors will impact economic sentiment
    • Learn how companies should be adapting their message to keep it in line with these macro changes

    Moderator: Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine

  • 09:20 AM
    What can I do to improve coverage and exposure while research spends are reducing?

    A recent CFA institute survey found that research budgets fell 8 percent for firms across the European Union following the introduction of Mifid II rules. We discuss the practical things you can do to remain competitive in the new environment.

    • What is the best strategy to maintain visibility and coverage in a post-Mifid II environment?
    • Should investor relations teams become more independent of broker research? What are the opportunities, costs and risks from this change in mindset?
    • How can you help analysts stay engaged and informed given the number of companies they need to cover?

    Moderator: Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine

  • 10:20 AM
    Networking break

  • 10:45 AM
    What does an increased investor focus on ESG mean for public companies?

    How do you know which ESG funds are relevant to your company, and how do you ensure your company is visible to these pools of capital?

    • How can you find out about ESG funds that would be a fit for your company?
    • What resources are both ESG and mainstream funds using to analyze and score corporates on extra-financial factors?
    • To what extent do ESG disclosures translate into investment and voting decisions, and what can you do to stand out from the crowd?

    Moderator: Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine

  • 11:45 AM
    Should IR focus targeting activities on meeting new investors, or better servicing the investors you already have?

    A good IR program will provide an appropriate level of service to shareholders while finding other funds that are a good fit for your company. But how can you get the balance right between finding new investors and keeping current shareholders informed?

    • How will the role of buy-side corporate access teams evolve? Will they be enablers or gatekeepers? Does this affect your current relationship with the buy side and/or your targeting approach?
    • What different pools of capital are out there, and how can IR teams better access them?
    • How do you decide who your management team should meet in order to have the biggest impact?
    • How can you best evaluate your targeting activities, and should targeting metrics be linked to remuneration for an IR officer?

    Moderator: Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine

  • 12:15 PM
    Networking lunch

    Socialize with your peers and refuel, ready for the 2nd half of discussions.

  • 13:15 PM
    The Exchange: How are teams changing their IR practices?

    Share best practices and participate in two roundtable discussions related to the best practice topics below. The session will finish with a summary panel that will highlight the key points from all roundtable discussions.

    • The IRO 2.0 – How do I know what technology is right for me, and what skills or resources does IR need to make the most of it?
    • Financial reporting guidelines update and earnings call best practices
    • Targeting – Broker selection and getting maximum benefit from roadshows and investor days
    • Career development and opportunities for European investor relations officers
    • Influence investment decisions by effectively communicating your equity story online and providing data in a digestible manner through your IR website
    • Governance – Managing a wider stakeholder group that includes the media, activists and proxy advisers

    Moderator: Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine

  • 14:30 PM
    Q&A with the buy side and the sell side: How are investor expectations evolving?

    Capital markets are becoming more global, active money continues to flow into passive funds and recent regulatory changes impact companies and shareholders alike. We ask portfolio managers and analysts how these trends impact them, and how that changes their expectations of investor relations teams.

    • Learn directly from investors how the capital markets are changing and what it means for investor expectations of public companies
    • Gain insight into how analysts build their models and learn how you can better communicate certain factors of your equity story and provide the most useful data
    • Learn how investors and analysts use technology and other sources outside of IR where they obtain information about company performance
    • Hear stories of good and bad IR practices that you can adopt or avoid

    Moderator: Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine

  • 15:30 PM
    Final remarks and conference concludes

    Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine, will recap the day’s discussions and provide answers to the five big questions European IROs want to know.

  • 18:30 PM
    The IR Magazine Awards – Europe 2019 gala dinner

    The IR Magazine Awards – Europe will take place on Thursday, June 20, 2019 to honor excellence in the investor relations profession. The IR Magazine Awards, now in their 29th year, will host the IR community from across Europe at 8 Northumberland Avenue in London.

Who attends?

Attendees are leading IR practitioners from across Europe, many of whom have been highlighted in our IR Magazine Awards research over the years. Each participant is someone with an established track record and a strategic IR role within his or her company. Past attendees include:

Job title Company name Job title Company name
Assistant director of IR Rolls-Royce Head of Investor Relations Maire Tecnimont Spa
AVP, Investor Relations Credit Suisse Head of Investor Relations OMV
Corp. development and IR Director Balta Head of Investor Relations RWE AG
Deputy Head of IR BASF Head of Investor Relations SAZKA Group
Deputy Head of IR OMV Head of Investor Relations Sound Energy
Director of Investor Relations ASM International Head of Investor Relations Triglav Group
Director of Investor Relations GSK Head of Investor Relations Acacia Mining
Director of Investor Relations AstraZeneca Head of Investor Relations Credit Suisse
Director of Investor Relations Metro Bank International Investor Relations Cisco
Director of Investor Relations Orange Polska SA Investor Relations Nostrum Oil & Gas
Director of Investor Relations Telefonica UK (O2) Investor relations analyst JLT Group
Director of Investor Relations N Brown Investor Relations Assistant Graphite Capital
Director of Investor Relations TAV Airports Holding Investor Relations Unilever
Director of Investor Relations Credit Suisse IR & Strategic Planning Director Moncler
Director of Investor Relations DCC IR Director Aggreko
Director of Investor Relations Antofagasta IR Director Danone
Economist and director of research Garanti Securities IR Director Sareb
Group Investor Relations Director Tesco IR Manager Arix Bioscience
Head of Communications Genel Energy IR Manager Coca-Cola Hellenic
Head of corporate affairs Spectris IR Manager MONBAT
Head of Corporate Finance PJSC ALROSA IR Manager Lomsko Pivo AD
Head of Corporate Strategy and IR PUMA IRO DBA Group
Head of fund and asset management Courtiers Asset Management IRO Origin Enterprises
Head of Investor Relations CRH IRO Santander
Head of Investor Relations Eutelsat IRO, London Representative Recruit Holdings
Head of Investor Relations Garanti Bank Manager, Investor Relations Garanti Bank
Head of Investor Relations Hays Manager, Strategy & Business Development Garanti Bank
Head of investor relations Lanxess Portfolio manager for global equities Legal and General
Head of Investor Relations Legal and General Private Equity Investor Relations CD Capital Asset Management
Head of Investor Relations National Express Group Senior Director of IR AstraZeneca
Head of Investor Relations NEX Group Senior financial analyst, IR KAZ Minerals
Head of Investor Relations Rathbone Brothers Senior Investor Relations Officer NN Group
Head of Investor Relations Dialog Semiconductor Senior Manager IR Fresenius Medical Care
Head of Investor Relations Dogus Otomotiv AS Senior portfolio manager and ESG chair Royal Bank of Canada
Head of Investor Relations Ferrovial Sustainable Development Senior Expert MOL Group
Head of Investor Relations IG Group VP, Investor Relations Burberry
Head of Investor Relations J Sainsbury Plc VP, Investor Relations Danone
Head of Investor Relations Kerry Group VP, Investor Relations Lundin Petroleum


91% of attendees rated discussions at the 2018 European Think Tank as Very Good or Excellent

and here are a few of the comments they had to say about the Think Tank:

“It really was a rare event as IROs, not only from the UK but also from all around Europe joined the event, and I could have an massive opportunity for networking.”

Corporate IR Officer

“Good opportunity to meet IR colleagues from different countries.”

Corporate IR Officer

“Keep the variety of speakers, it’s nice to hear from a global perspective”

Corporate IR Officer

“I thought it was a very well organised event with a range of interesting speakers. I enjoyed the opportunities to catch up with peers and to network”

Corporate IR Officer


This event is exclusively for senior corporate IROs and other senior-level executives with IR responsibility. To register for this year’s event, please fill in the form below and if you are eligible, we will send you a confirmation along with detailed event information.

If you have any questions or require any assistance with registering for the think tank, please contact Alice Kenning at [email protected] or on +44 020 8004 6214.


Sponsorship opportunities

Our events provide 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:

  • A chance to network with qualified, senior decision-makers in the IR community
  • Increased awareness and credibility through association with this leading event
  • New business opportunities through higher-brand presence among current and potential clients

To find out more about the benefits of sponsoring and the various packages available, email Sébastien Dutrieu or call on +44 77315 33165.


Join our celebration in the evening

On Thursday, June 20, 2019, we will once again host the annual IR Magazine Awards ‒ Europe in London, an internationally renowned event that looks at the very best the IR community has to offer across the whole of Europe.

Join us for an evening after the think tank and celebrate the success of those individuals and companies that are leading the way in the IR community in 2019!

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