IR Magazine

IR Magazine Think Tank

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

InterContinental Paris Avenue Marceau, France

About the event

The IR Magazine Think Tank – France will take place on Wednesday, September 12 in Paris, and is an invitation-only event exclusively for senior IROs. The event will be in English. It is free to attend and our unique format enables participants to network extensively, discuss, debate and dissect topical issues affecting IR in France.


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.

Sign up for your place and join us!


  • 08:15 AM
    Registration and refreshments

  • 09:00 AM
    Welcome to the think tank

  • 09:10 AM
    A Macron-Economic Briefing: How will investor sentiment be impacted in 2019?

    In Emmanuel Macron’s first year as president, the French economy has grown at the fastest rate since the financial crisis and foreign direct investment has reached a 10 year high. Yet what does the next 12 months have in store for business confidence in France? Will it return to peak 2017 levels? What are the key regulatory, fiscal and economic factors that will influence investor sentiment?

  • 09:30 AM
    Regulatory roundtables: Mifid II, MAR and what is in store for liquidity contracts?

    Discuss the big talking points in regulations, how it impacts you, and what IR can do to adapt to tightened control on investors, brokers and companies.

    • Mifid II and its impact on research, coverage and corporate access
    • Market abuse regulation (MAR) what procedures need to be implemented to ensure compliance
    • Tighter regulation of liquidity contracts and the impact on IR

  • 10:30 AM
    Morning coffee and refreshments

  • 11:00 AM
    Case study: Facing an activist investor

    Hear how to successfully survive an activist attack with examples from the real-life experience of a 30-month long defense of a company.

  • 11:30 AM
    The Exchange: A series of best practice roundtable discussions

    Exchange information, ideas and inspiration.

    How the exchange works:

    • Choose three of the following 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 preferred round-table discussions:

      Treating proxy advisors like a top shareholder: improving relationships
      Roadshow management: proactive IR and how Mifid II has changed roadshow delivery
      Crisis management simulation: What would you do?
      ESG: Your raison d’être and how it relates to your business model
      How to use tech and automation to gain deeper insight and make time for more contact with investors
      Preparing for IFRS 16: How will IR adapt to changes in reporting?
      Innovative targeting strategies: How can you capitalize on positive investor sentiment and access international pools of capital?
  • 12:45 PM
    Networking lunch

  • 13:45 PM
    How to approach and manage activities with ETFs

    Do you need to be ‘proactive’ with ‘passive’ investors? Or will they find you? Discuss targeting and engagement with ETFs, index trackers and smart-beta funds. Understand how they work, and how you can prepare for high volumes of trading.

  • 14:30 PM
    Q&A with the buy-side and the sell-side: A look ahead to 2019 and IR best practice

    Hear fund managers and analysts share their views on the latest trends and regulations impacting business and expectations of IR teams.

    • How to make valuations easier for the sell-side and the buyside?
    • With a reduction of teams covering companies, what is expected of the IR department?
    • How can IR improve transparency and disclosures? What does IFRS 16 change for the IRO?
    • What are the big investment trends for 2019 and beyond? What should be covered in investor presentations?

  • 15:30 PM
    Final thoughts

Who attends?

At our think tanks, each participant is someone with an established track record and a strategic IR role within his or her company. The event is free-to-attend and exclusively for IROs. Attendees from our Europe Think Tank held in London included:

Job title Company Job title Company name
CFO Auto Trader Head of IR Unilever
CFO Keywords Head of IR CTT – Correios de Portugal
Deputy Head of Investor Relations BASF Head of IR IHG
Director Investor Relations eDreams ODIGEO Head of IR Kerry Group
Director Investor Relations ASM International Head of IR Dormakaba
Director of Corporate Affairs Aggreko Head of IR TAV Airports Holding
Director of IR TBC Bank Group Head of IR UK, Ireland and Americas TUI Group
Director of Investor Relations Metro Bank Investor Relations Sberbank
Director of Investor Relations AstraZeneca Investor Relations Director Sareb
Director of Investor Relations AIR LIQUIDE Investor Relations Director Dogan Holding
Director of IR Debenhams Investor Relations Director Orange Polska
Director of IR and Corporate Comms TalkTalk Investor Relations Director Kennedy Wilson
Director of Treasury & IR Public Power Corporation Investor Relations Manager Sound Energy
Director, Corporate Finance and IR Polymetal International plc Investor Relations Manager Rathbone Brothers
Director, head of investor relations Heineken Investor Relations Manager Petrofac Services Limited
Director, London Office Antofagasta plc Investor Relations Manager Greene King
EMEA head of IR Toyota Investor Relations Officer MOL Group
Executive Director Sberbank IR analyst Paysafe
General manager investor relations Arcelormittal IR Director William Hill
Group Corporate Affairs Director Mitie IR Manager Smith & Nephew
Group Financial Controller McBride IR Manager Cisco
Group head of investor relations OneSavings Bank IR Manager William Hill
Group Investor Relations Director Lloyds banking group IR Manager Huhtamaki
Group Investor Relations Director Tesco IR Manager TUI Group
Group IR Director Kingfisher IRO Origin Enterprises
Head of Corporate Finance and IR Domino’s Pizza Group plc IRO Galp Engergia
Head of Investor Relations HeidelbergCement AG IRO Polymetal International plc
Head of Investor Relations Serco Group IRO CIV
Head of Investor Relations Legal & General IRO Shell
Head of Investor Relations Dixons Carphone Manager, IR Strategy & Business Development Garanti Bank
Head of Investor Relations Severn Trent Senior IR Manager Scor
Head of Investor Relations CRH Senior IR Specialist Grupa LOTOS
Head of Investor Relations RWE Senior Manager, Investor Relations Lloyds banking group
Head of Investor Relations Saga Senior Vice President, IR Garanti Bank
Head of Investor Relations Marie Tecnimont Supervisor, Investor Relations Garanti Bank
Head of Investor Relations NEX Group Vice President IR, Europe Shell
Head of Investor Relations Monbat AD Vice President, Corporate & Investor Relations BTG
Head of IR and Corporate Comms PSI AG Vice President, Strategic Partners & Investors Sberbank
Head of IR Pfleiderer Group VP, Investor Relations Burberry
Head of IR Ferrovial


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



We’re pleased to announce that the think tank will be held at:

InterContinental Paris Avenue Marceau
64 avenue Marceau
75008 Paris

Directions to the venue can be found here.

IR Magazine have arranged for discounted rates at nearby hotels located a short distance away from the venue. Click here to view the hotels and rates.

Sponsorship opportunities

Our events provide a unique opportunity to get in front of some of the most influential people in the French 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.

Request your invite

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 Lauren Brown at [email protected] or on +44 020 8004 5829.

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