IR Magazine

IR Magazine Think Tank

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Crowne Plaza London - The City

What makes our think tank unique?

wttThe 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.

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. Listen to a summary of discussions from 2017 here.

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.

2018 Agenda

At the 2018 Think Tank, we discussed some critical IR challenges and the agenda is shown below.

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

  • 08:15 AM
    Breakfast and registration

  • 09:00 AM
    Welcome to the think tank

    Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine

  • 09:15 AM
    What recent geopolitical events and global investment changes mean for targeting

    Understand how European elections, Brexit and Trump are changing the trajectory of fund flows and debate how this will alter your investor outreach.

    • Breaking down barriers to investment: Tapping new pools of capital and finding new investors
    • Navigating Trump’s America as a European IRO: Strategies and choices to reach US investors
    • Capital allocation against the backdrop of rising interest rates and low US corporate taxes
    • Confronting and communicating around uncertainty, from tax risk to trade wars

    Tufan Comert, chief strategist and head of investment advisory, Garanti Securities
    Lisa Williams , head of investor relations EMEA and depositary receipts, Citi

  • 09:45 AM
    Q&A with the buy side: What is top of mind for 2018?

    Hear from investors about the big issues for the next 12 months and discover their perspectives on what constitutes good IR.

    • What the buy-side likes and how can IR support fund managers better?
    • Which investment themes are gaining traction and how can IR get more thematic?
    • How to leveraging the role of the sell-side to maximise impact from roadhsows
    • The most common mistakes that IR can make, and how to avoid them

    Shaunak Mazumder, portfolio manager for global equities, Legal and General Investment Management
    Caroline Shaw, head of fund and asset management, Courtiers Asset Management

  • 10:30 AM
    Roundtable discussions: Investment flows and themes

    Your chance to debate what the big changes in capital markets mean for you as an IRO: discuss with other IROs what changes need to be made to your IR efforts as a result of the ever-changing environment.

  • 11:00 AM
    Refreshment break

  • 11:15 AM
    THE EXCHANGE: A series of roundtable discussions

    Exchange information, ideas and inspiration

    How the exchange works:

    • Choose three of the following six topics – the power is in your hands!
    • Join the relevant roundtable and discuss with your peers
    • When the bell rings, move on to your next table and repeat!
    • At the end of the session, hear a roundup from all the leaders of lessons learned so you can apply these when you return to the office

    Choose your three favorite round-table discussions:

    Digitalization of financial communications: The differences between IR and PR
    Vivianne Joynes, managing director, EQS
    Shareholder ID, targeting and engagement strategies in an increasingly index-based world
    Justin Vieira, director and global head of corporate analytics, Ipreo
    The increased responsibility of IR – your ESG risks and opportunities
    Ben Yeoh, senior portfolio manager, Royal Bank of Canada
    The transparency agenda and investor relations: Managing consensus and register analysis in the current climate
    Andre Simon, head of investor relations, Lanxess
    Governance 2.0: Understand the new and emerging governance issues, take a proactive approach to shareholder engagement and predict voting outcomes
    What has changed since Mifid II implementation, and how are you adapting your IR program?
    Garnet Roach, senior reporter, IR Magazine
  • 12:30 PM
    Networking lunch

  • 13:15 PM
    Maximizing management’s time: The internal role of IR

    Learn how to make the most of the time your board and C-suite spend with investors, and how you can add value by providing top-quality strategic guidance to your board.

    • What keeps your management up at night, and where does it see IR going?
    • When is it right to listen to the market, and when is it wrong?
    • How does management measure your performance, and how do you stand out against your competitors?

    Moderator: Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine
    Daniela Peeva, investor relations manager, Monbat
    Jo Roberts, director of investor relations, Metrobank

  • 14:15 PM
    Examples of ‘good IR’ in ‘bad times’

    Hear a range of perspectives from IR, the buy side and the sell side about how IR should react in times of crisis.

    • Hear real case studies about how companies successfully navigated bad luck and built investor trust
    • Get practical tips about how to communicate your financial story during periods of economic uncertainty

    Moderator: David Lloyd-Seed, director of investor relations, Telefónica UK (O2)
    Nursel Ilgen, head of investor relations, TAV Airports Holding
    Stuart Meldrum, portfolio manager, AKO Capital
    Sandy Morris, aerospace and defense analyst, Jefferies

  • 15:00 PM
    Final thoughts and wrap-up

    Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine

Our attendees say

"The think tank was useful and interesting. It is both generous and productive to have colleagues from our sector sharing their best practices. Working together to improve IR in the world is good for everybody. The think tank was an extraordinary platform to reach this goal. There should be more of these events!!"

Begoña Morenes, Ferrovial

"I like the intimate nature of the event as well as the interactive agenda"

Michael Ioanilli, National Grid

"Great event for networking and sharing views about latest developments"

Martin Liedemit, BASF

"It's critically important today to be tuned to the global IR wisdom as technological and regulatory disruptions are unfolding. No doubt, IR Magazine remains an unrivalled aggregator of best IR ideas and professionals. Looking forward to seeing my fellow colleagues later in the year"

Vladimir Zaluzhsky, Severstal

"Always a really good event to attend. It's a good mix of subjects. Particularly liked the addition of the best practice case studies - it's always really valuable to hear the first hand experiences of others and some hints and tips of what works well and what doesn't"

Jo Brewin, Imperial Brands

"Very interactive, I liked the opportunities to discuss in the groups"

Kate Gibbon, S&N

"Fabulous opportunity to talk about topical issues relevant to IR professionals across sectors and to share ideas and experiences"

Jo Roberts, Metro Bank

"Great to spend some time with people at different ends of the IR experience spectrum, looking at how they approach challenges in the role"

Garrett Quinn, Smurfit Kappa

"Excellent event to hear best practices on European level"

Hanna-Maria Heikkinen, Valmet

"Extremely useful event!"

Guido Pickert, AIXTRON

2018 Speakers

At the last event, we heard insight from a range of buy-side investors, investor relations leaders and analysts - with a mixture of perspectives across Europe and beyond. See who spoke below:

Who attended?

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. 2018 attendees included:

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

Venue and location

Crowne Plaza London – The City
19 New Bridge Street

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