The IR Magazine Global Forum is an international and independent event that brings together IR professionals from around the world to network and learn IR best practice.
After four years in New York, we are thrilled to be moving this international event to France! We are delighted to be running this event in association with Cliff (the French association for financial communication professionals) this year, which is celebrating its 30th year.
Key topics and themes for 2017 include:
We will also be hosting our prestigious awards ceremony to recognise our Global Top 50 – our world-wide ranking of IR excellence. Join us on the 3rd of October for a night of fun, laughter and celebration. We look forward to meeting you this October!
The IR Magazine Global Forum is being held in Association with Cliff. 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/
Registration, exhibition and refreshments
Opening remarks: Welcome to the Global Forum
Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine
Chris Hollis, chairperson, CLIFF (the French association for financial communication professionals)
Gary LaBranche, president and CEO, NIRI (National Investor Relations Institute)
Mifid II briefing: What IR teams need to do, resourcing and proactively dealing with the new reality
Nick Arbuthnott, managing director, European research, Ipreo
Qian Chen, associate director, head of European operations, Ipreo
Morning coffee, exhibition and refreshments
Investor Intelligence: Q&A with the investors, panel with the buy side and sell side
Kirsty Collins, global responsible investment, Aviva Investors
Chris Hollis, chair, Cliff and director of financial communications, LVMH (moderator)
Nicholas Melhuish, head of global equities, Amundi
Marc Saint John Webb, fund manager, smaller European companies, Argos Funds
Next-gen targeting: Tailoring strategies for different regions
Brian Christie, vice president of investor relations, Agnico Eagle Mines
Kimberly Stewart, head of investor relations, Solvay
Paul Ferneyhough, corporate director, finance & investor relations, Repsol
Lunch and exhibitions
C-suite panel: Providing value to shareholders with the bigger picture in mind
Veronica Bunk-Sanderson, head of investor relations, Telefónica Deutschland
Gerbrand Nijman, group CFO, Global Telecom Holding
Leveraging technology and innovation to improve IR
Ricardo Jiménez, head of IR, Ferrovial
Tom Tyler, global head of sales, ELITE
Achim Weick, CEO and founder, EQS
Aurélie Cohen, head of IR, EURONEXT
Refreshment break and exhibition
Preparing for shareholder activism: Trends in activist targets
David Chase Lopes, managing director, EMEA, D.F. King
Emilie Megel, senior VP of IR, Technicolor
Running lean: How successful heads of IR manage their day-to-day operations
Paola Durante, investor relations and strategic planning director, Moncler
Patrice Lambert, head of IR and financial communications, Orange
Thomas Kudsk Larsen, head of IR, AstraZeneca
Global Top 50 Awards ceremony
Our global ranking of IR excellence. A celebration of the world’s best investor relations programs according to surveys of analysts and investors for the IR Magazine Awards in Europe, Asia, North America and Brazil. The Global Top 50 will be celebrated with an awards reception on the first evening of the conference – October 3, 2017.
Networking drinks reception
Join us for the drinks reception in the evening as we celebrate the winners of our global IR awards!
Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine
Fireside chat: What makes a successful head of IR
Jeannie Ong, chief strategic partnership officer, StarHub
The future of investor relations: Key market changes and trends
Nick Arbuthnott, managing director, European research, Ipreo
Governance goes mainstream
Mikkel Skougaard, investor relations officer, MOL Group
Fabio Bianconi, director, Morrow Sodali
Morning coffee, exhibition and refreshments
Sustainability communications: Integrating ESG activity into your IR program
Kirsty Collins, global responsible investment, Aviva Investors
Antje Stobbe, director, investor relations and group sustainability, Deutsche Bank
Wrap-up of day session and lunch
Workshop option 1: Crisis management: Communicating effectively during uncertainty
Join this workshop to learn:
Workshop option 2: M&A readiness What to do (or not do!)
Join this workshop to learn:
Wrap-up and end of conference
We will be holding two workshops on the second day (4th October) of the Global Forum (from 12.45pm to 2.00pm). Workshop A will focus on crisis management and Workshop B will be focused on M&A readiness. These workshops dive deeper into these specific topics providing real-life case studies and the opportunity to discuss within a smaller group. Further information regarding what will be discussed in the workshops, can be found below. Please note that as these workshops run in parallel to each other, attendees are only able to attend one workshop.
Looking to get involved in these workshops? Contact Sébastien Dutrieu to find out more.
| Workshop A: Crisis Management
Communicating effectively during uncertainty
| Workshop B: M&A Readiness
What to do (or not do!)
Head of Investor Relations
Aurélie Cohen is currently Head of Investor Relations at Euronext. She was previously Head of Investor Relations at Groupe ADP (Paris airports), after starting her career in audit and financial consulting at EY. Aurélie Cohen is a graduate of ESSEC Business School and member of the Board of Directors of the French Investor Relations professional association, CLIFF.
David Chase Lopes
Managing director, EMEA
Senior VP of IR
Emilie Megel, Senior Vice President Investor Relations, joined Technicolor on September 21st, 2011. She reports to Esther Gaide, Chief Financial Officer. She is also in charge of the relations with Economic and Financial Media and Management Committee member.
Ms. Emilie Megel brings 20 years of experience in Investor Relations, working both as a financial markets and communications professional. She has started her career as an equity analyst at Barclays and Credit Lyonnais Securities and then moved into Investor Relations at Euro Disney and Financial Communications at Euro RSCG before to launch her own IR consultancy activity.
Head of Investor Relations
Kimberly Stewart joined Solvay in September 2016 as Head of Investor Relations, after nearly 10 years in the same role at Technip. Kimberly started her Investor Relations career at the automotive supplier Faurecia. She worked as a sell-side analyst covering firstly Oil Services (PaineWebber, USA) and then the Airlines sector (Credit Suisse, New York & London and Cheuvreux, London & Paris). Kimberly is a graduate of Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, USA and holds a Master’s degree in International Business from the University of Reading, England.
Associate director & Head of European operations
As Head of Ipreo’s European Perception Analytics team based out of London, Qian provides perception study consultation to a broad swath of issuers across various market caps and industries with a focus on the EMEA and APAC regions. Qian frequently presents perception findings to Boards of Directors, C-suite executives, and IR teams by engaging in strategic discussions, providing actionable recommendations, and assisting with forward-looking implementation. Moreover, Qian has spearheaded Ipreo’s Sustainability Perception Analytics by conducting market research on the buy-side’s implementation of ESG and providing advisory for clients aiming to launch or enhance their Sustainability programs.
Qian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Marketing from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.
Head of Investor Relations
Veronika has held the position of Director Investor Relations since August 2015. In this role she is responsible for the capital market communication of the company. She manages the capital market positioning as well as the relationships with institutional and retail investors. As of August 2017, she is jointly responsible for Communications and Investor Relations, thus taking on responsibility for the internal and external communication of the company.
Veronika joined Telefónica Germany in 2015 after 3 years in the Investor Relations team of Telekom Austria. She started her career as Equity Research Analyst for Bear Stearns / JP Morgan Chase in London in 2016.
Thereafter she successfully held various positions in asset management and financial services consulting, inter alia with Albemarle Asset Management in London, Wealth Fargo in Florida and Ithuba Capital in Vienna.
Veronika studied Modern History at the University of Oxford and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Vice President of Investor Relations
Agnico Eagle Mines
Mr. Christie is the Vice-President, Investor Relations and has held this position since 2012. Prior to his appointment, he worked for over 17 years in the investment industry, primarily as a precious and base metals mining analyst with Desjardins Securities, National Bank Financial, Canaccord Capital and HSBC Securities. Prior to this, Mr. Christie spent 13 years in the mining industry as a geologist for a variety of mining companies, including Homestake, Billiton, Falconbridge Copper and Newmont Mining.
Mr. Christie holds a BSc degree in Geology from the University of Toronto and an MSc degree in Geology from Queens University. He is a member of the Saskatchewan Association of Professional Engineers and Geologists, the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada and the Society of Economic Geologists, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Denver Gold Group.
Global Responsible Investment
Kirsty works across the Global Responsible Investment team on corporate engagement, responsible investment strategy and sustainable capital markets policy. Prior to joining Aviva Investors, Kirsty was IR Director at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and also led investor engagement on ESG matters. Kirsty has a background in strategy and forecasting, holding a number of roles at GSK including leading on integration of ESG performance into business strategy, external corporate reporting and R&D strategy.
Investor Relations and Strategic Planning Director
Married with three children, Paola Durante graduated from the Liceo Classico Manara Valgimigli in Montebelluna (TV), and subsequently earned her degree in Economics and Business Studies at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, specialising in Applied Economics. Paola also completed graduate courses in finance at the London School of Economics. In 1995 she joined the financial analyst team at S&P Market Scope, with responsibility for the Italian market. Following her return to Italy, from 1997 to 1999 she pursued a career in the luxury goods sector as an equity research analyst at CAI-Cheuvreux, before joining the luxury goods analyst team at Merrill Lynch , where she was appointed Vice President responsible for Southern Europe. In 2005, she moved to the Investment Banking division of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, ultimately becoming Managing Director. As an analyst and latterly as an investment banker, Paola worked on the most important luxury goods IPOs in Italy. She has been Head of Investor Relations and Strategic Planning at Moncler since July 2013. In her spare time, Paola enjoys skiing and mountaineering – always outfitted in Moncler of course!
Laurie Havelock is a freelance journalist, writer and podcaster who has been working on financial titles for more than 5 years, dabbling with commercial property finance, responsible investment and investor relations as his main areas of focus. Outside of that he also writes about music, with a predilection for independent and emerging artists, has worked on a number of comedy projects, including a podcast he makes with musical comedian Paddy Gervers called Podshambles, and hosts a weekly show on Shoreditch Radio. Laurie has been published in the Independent, the Guardian and Q Magazine.
CLIFF (the French association of financial communication professionals)
Chris Hollis has been the Head of Financial Communications at LVMH since the end of 2000. Chris joined LVMH after 15 years in the oil industry, where he worked for Elf Aquitaine in various financial posts in London, Paris (2 years as a contract negotiator), Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei (5 years as Finance Director of an Exploration subsidiary) and finally in New York (5 years in investor relations). Chris was a board member of the National Investor Relations Institute’s New York chapter between 1996 and 2000. He is President of the CLIFF, the French association of financial communications professionals, since June 2014, after having been Vice-President since June 2007. He is also President of L’OCF, L’Observatoire de la Communication Financière.
Chris has an honours degree in Law, Economics and Politics from Buckingham University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.
Head of IR
Law and Economic Sciences graduate (ICADE E3) from the Universidad Pontificia de Comiillas in Spain.
Ferrovial: Head of IR from 1999 to date.
AERI (Spanish Association for IR): Chairman (2003 – 2008)
FCC: Director of IR (1990-1999)
Citi Bank: Forex Dealer (1989-1990)
Santander Bank: (1988-1989)
President & CEO
National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI)
Gary LaBranche, FASAE, CAE, became President & CEO of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) on March 20, 2017. He is responsible to NIRI’s board of directors for the strategic direction and advancement of the mission of the organization, as well as service to members and chapters. He represents NIRI to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Congress, the media and other stakeholders.
An association professional for 36+ years, he has served as CEO for four associations, as well as a start-up e-learning company. He was also a senior executive at the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. As CEO of the Association Forum of Chicagoland and at ASAE he was responsible for identifying, developing and sharing best practices, models and innovation in association management, professional development and meeting planning. At ASAE he was responsible for the “Super Bowl of Conventions” and modernization of the Certified Association Executive (CAE) program.
He was named an ASAE Fellow (FASAE) in 1995. He was the ASAE Key Award winner for 2007, the highest award in the association management profession. ASSOCIATION TRENDS named him the 2012 National Association Executive of the Year. He is past chairman of the Chamber’s Institute of Organization Management. LaBranche has served on ASAE’s 4 governing boards and continues to serve on the board of ASAE’s for-profit subsidiary, ASAE Business Services, Inc. of which he is past chairman. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center at American University.
He is the author of 300+ articles, podcasts and columns, including “Managing the Complex Association Enterprise” in ASAE’s Handbook on Professional Practices in Association Management, 3rd ed. He has consulted/presented to 300+ associations.
LaBranche was profiled as an innovative leader in the book, Hope: How Triumphant Leaders Create the Future, by Andrew Razeghi. He has also been featured in Strategic Transformation: How Boards Achieve Extraordinary Change.
Head of IR and Financial Communications
From October, 2011 – now
Head of Investor Relations and Financial Communication at Orange
April, 2010 – October, 2011
Head of Investor Relations and Financial Communication at Carrefour
June, 2001 – April, 2010
Head of Research at Crédit Mutuel CIC Securities, team up to 30 analysts, plus Utilities coverage
July, 1997 – June, 2001
Analyst European Electrical Equipment at Exane BNP Paribas
August, 1995 – July, 1997
Analyst Capital Goods at UBS Warburg
September, 1993 – August, 1995
Analyst Capital Goods at Deutsche Bank
July, 1989 – September, 1993
Salesman and Small Cap/Stock Picker Analyst at HSBC
September, 1988 – July, 1989
Salesman French Stocks dealing with German and Swiss investors at Meeschaert Rousselle
October, 1987 – September, 1988
Money Market Broker at Viel and Cie
September, 1984 – October, 1987
Senior Auditor at Mazars and KPMG
top 3 Investor Relations Telecom Investor Relations Magazine Award 2017
top 3 Investor Relations Pan Europe Extel Survey 2016
top 3 Investor Relations France Extel Survey 2016
top one analyst Thomson Agefi Financial Survey 2001 : Electricals @ Exane
top seven analyst European Extel Survey 2001 : Electricals @ Exane
top ten analyst European Extel Survey 2000 : Diversified Industries @ Exane
July 2016 – now: Board Member & Strategic Committee Member at Orange Polska (listed in Warsaw: OPL.WA)
May 2014 – now: Board Member & Strategic Committee Member at Orange Belgium (listed in Euronext Brussels: OBEL.BR)
May 2014 – now: Board Member at CLIFF (www.cliff.asso.fr/)
January 2005 – October 2015: Board Member at Confrontations Europe (www.confrontations.org)
February 2008 – November 2012: Board Member at Société Française des Analystes Financiers (www.SFAF.com)
Studies / Diploma
Centre de Formation des Analystes Financiers CFAF, Financial Analyst Graduate 1993
Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers CNAM, Master Finances Graduate 1992
Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) Economics & Finance + Fiscality & Finance “EcoFi Fi-Fi” Graduate 1984
University Paris X Nanterre: License in Economy + 1st Certificate of Master in Economy, Econometrics Graduate 1983
Head of global equities
Nicholas Melhuish joined Amundi in 2013 as head of global equities. He was previously at UBS Global Asset Management (2007-2012) where he was also head of global equities. Prior to that, he was lead portfolio manager responsible for global equity strategies at Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management (2003-2007) in San Diego, California and London. Previously he was a senior portfolio manager at Putnam Investments in Boston (1999-2003) and a member of the international core equity team. He began his career at Schroder Investment Management (1991-1999) where he was an analyst and small-cap portfolio manager.
Melhuish holds a BA (Hons) in modern history from New College Oxford, England. He is a member of CFA Institute and the CFA Society of the UK.
Global Telecom Holding
Gerbrand has a long standing career in Finance and in Investor Relations and is a Chartered Accountant. He started in London at Touche Ross back in 1988 and has worked in various financial management roles in Unilever until 1996 when he was appointed CFO of the VERDER Group (a family owned, international B2B company). Two years later he started at KPN International as senior business controller, soon promoted to be CFO of KPN-International. At KPN he also has been CFO of the Wholesale Business, till he was promoted to Head of IR in November 2001. Thereafter he joined Celtel to prepare this mobile operator in Sub-Sahara Africa for a listing in London and Johannesburg. In 2005 he joined ING as specialist equity sales in WE and EM telecoms. In March 2007 he started at AEGON (Life Insurance) as Head of IR and he joined in 2011 the international mobile operator VimpelCom (now VEON). Mid 2015 Gerbrand was appointed as CFO of Global Telecom Holding, with operations in Pakistan, Algeria and Bangladesh and almost 100 million mobile customers.
Chief Strategic Partnership Officer
Investor Relations Officer
Global Head of Sales
Tom joined ELITE as Global Head of Sales in February 2017.
Prior to joining ELITE, Tom was Global Head of Corporate and Investor Access business at Bloomberg. He has worked extensively with public and private corporates as well Government agencies and other third parties across the globe in advising and executing engagement with the investment community. Prior to joining Bloomberg Tom spent 12 years as a pan-European & mid-small cap specialist where he was consistently ranked Top 3 broker across mid-small cap sales in Europe. He ran research and sales teams at ING, Commerzbank after starting his as an analyst at HSBC. Tom has also worked at the World Bank and graduated from University of Edinburgh (MA Hons) U.S History & Politics.
Marc Saint John Webb
Marc Saint John Webb joined QUAERO CAPITAL SA in 2006 as a Fund Manager.
Marc Saint John Webb is co-manager of The Argonaut Fund. He launched the European Smaller Companies Fund (formerly Family Enterprise) in 2007 and is a significant shareholder of the firm.
He has over 25 years’ experience of investing in European equities, starting out as a stockbroker for Warburg Securities in Paris in 1987. He subsequently worked as a research analyst for Schelcher Prince before moving on to small cap stock picking at Oddo.
In 1997, he joined CCF Elysées Bourse as Head of the Small Caps Division, where he developed a new research product dedicated to smaller companies. He oversaw a number of IPO’s and raised further capital for listed smaller companies.
In 2001, he co-founded IXIS-Rothschild Midcaps, a Paris-based joint venture specialising in corporate brokerage and research on French mid-sized companies.
Born in 1965, Marc studied at Aston Business School in England, the Complutense University of Madrid in Spain and INSEAD in France. He holds the diploma of the SFAF (the French Society of Financial Analysts).
CEO and Founder
Achim Weick is the founder and CEO of EQS Group. He started EQS in 2000 with a passion for Investor Relations and a clear vision which he has since transformed into one of the top providers for digital communications solutions in the Investor Relations business. Today EQS Group has offices in the world’s key financial markets and employs over 350 professionals globally. In addition to founding and heading up the company, Achim Weick is also its largest investor.
Achim Weick graduated in business administration at the University of Augsburg. He laid the cornerstone of his career in Corporate Banking at Commerzbank in its International Management Trainee Program, which led to his working in Berlin, Budapest and, finally, New York.
For 2017, we are giving companies the opportunity to nominate themselves, free of charge, for the People’s Choice Award. This award will be presented to a publicly listed company that has made an outstanding contribution to the practice of IR and the community of IR professionals. Whether it’s a successful targeting initiative, website redesign, sustainability program, transaction, response to activism, or any other inspiring aspect of the nominee’s IR program, if you think it shows leadership and should inspire others, it is a contender!
The short list has been decided and we are now asking you to vote for your winner:
Public voting will close at 5pm CET on October 3. The winner will be unveiled at the awards ceremony at the Global Forum
Our global ranking of IR excellence. A celebration of the world’s best investor relations programs according to surveys of analysts and investors for the IR Magazine Awards in Europe, Asia, North America and Brazil. The Global Top 50 ranking order will be revealed and celebrated with an awards reception on the first evening of the conference – October 3, 2017.
Here are the companies, in alphabetical order, who have made the Global Top 50 in 2017:
|adidas||ConocoPhillips||JPMorgan Chase & Co||Schlumberger|
|American Airlines Group||Danaher||Kroton||Starbucks|
|ARC Resources||Delta Air Lines||Lanxess||Suncor Energy|
|AstraZeneca||Deutsche Post DHL||Lojas Renner||Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing|
|BASF||Discover Financial||Medtronic||TD Bank Group|
|Boston Scientific||EDP – Energias de Portugal||Metro Pacific Investments||Total|
|Cathay Financial Holding||Home Depot||Natura||Unilever|
|China Mobile||Honeywell||Novo Nordisk||UnitedHealth Group|
|China Unicom||Intesa Sanpaolo||Quanta Services||Wright Medical|
|CN||Itau Unibanco||Roche Holding|
|Comcast||Jack in the Box||Salesforce.Com|
AlphaSense is an award-winning search engine designed for investor relations professionals that helps you quickly find crucial data points buried in millions of documents, including broker reports, transcripts, filings, company presentations, press releases, even your own uploaded content.
The unique interface lets you search across all content with ONE search and displays list results, snippets and in-context views all on ONE screen. AlphaSense automatically expands your searches with common synonyms, sends alerts on new documents matching your saved search criteria and provides the same search features via desktop browser or iPad.
Significantly speed up your research process and find what others miss.
For more information, visit www.alpha-sense.com/ir-mag
Arkadin helps businesses build a more flexible working environment and enhance their productivity by delivering Cloud Communication services.
More than technology alone, we understand that it’s people working with people that actually creates positive change. Whether its delivering a large event, making video systems interoperate or enabling global Cloud voice, we look after every aspect of the project and we take the hassle out of user adoption. Arkadin delivers over 5,000 Investor Relations calls and webcasts every year giving our clients the peace of mind needed to run events successfully.
At Arkadin we have successfully transformed our own business by putting our people at the heart of our communications: we work with all our customers to help them do the same, to create a digital workplace that will thrive because it is designed around the people who will enjoy it.
Present in 33 countries and part of NTT Communications, we have been changing the way businesses communicate for fifteen years. We continue to learn from our base of 50,000 clients: many business challenges are similar but every business demands unique attention.
For more information on Arkadin, please click here.
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.
Business Wire, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is the global leader in press release distribution and regulatory disclosure. Investor relations, public relations, public policy and marketing professionals rely on Business Wire to accurately distribute market-moving news and multimedia, host online newsrooms and IR websites, build content marketing platforms, generate social engagements and provide audience analysis that improves interaction with specified target markets. Founded in 1961, Business Wire is a trusted source for news organizations, journalists, investment professionals and regulatory authorities, delivering news directly into editorial systems and leading online news sources via its multi-patented simultaneous NX Network. Business Wire has 29 offices worldwide to securely meet the varying needs of communications professionals and news consumers. In 2015, Business Wire teamed up with Al Roker Entertainment to create BizWireTV, a weekly digital video news program that features the top trending news releases that cross the wire.
Deutsche Bank’s DR team is part of the issuer services business within the bank’s global securities services unit. In addition to specializing in administering cross-border equity structures such as ADRs, global DRs and global registered shares, issuer services provides corporates, financial institutions, hedge funds and supranational agencies around the world with trustee, agency, escrow and related services. The bank offers a very broad range of services for diverse products, from complex securitizations and project finance to syndicated loans, debt exchanges and restructurings.
Deutsche 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.db.com.
ELITE Connect is an innovative network, developed by London Stock Exchange Group, which brings together listed companies, institutional investors and intermediaries. Become part of a state-of-the-art hub that efficiently allows you to screen and connect with new pools of liquidity, even in remote regions. With features including specialised digital meeting rooms, results webcasting, a fully embedded agenda and a detailed relationship management function, ELITE Connect streamlines your activity and saves you valuable time. In a world where new technologies are fundamentally impacting the way people interact and communicate, London Stock Exchange Group is offering a new solution that allows you to be the first movers in a rapidly changing environment.
EQS Group is a leading international technology provider for Digital Investor Relations. More than 8,000 companies worldwide trust EQS’s products and services to securely, efficiently, and simultaneously fulfil complex national and international disclosure and compliance requirements to the global investment community.
The EQS COCKPIT, a cloud-based IR workflow platform, digitally maps the work processes of IR Officers, communicates with the company’s website, and distributes company releases via one of the most important financial newswires. With additional products such as websites, IR tools, digital reports, and webcasting solutions, EQS Group is a digital single source provider.
EQS Group was founded in Munich, Germany in 2000 and has developed from a start-up to an international group with offices in the world’s key financial markets. The group employs more than 300 professionals globally.
For more information, please visit www.eqs.com
Ipreo is a global leader in providing market intelligence, data and technology solutions to all participants in the global capital markets, including sell-side banks, publicly traded companies and buy-side institutions. Our extensive suite of investor relations services provides our corporate clients with unparalleled cross-asset-class surveillance, investor targeting, buy-side perception studies, transaction analysis and predictive analytics. Additionally, Ipreo’s BD Corporate IR workflow platform offers the most accurate and comprehensive database covering global institutional contacts, profiles and ownership data. Our critical insights and flexible solutions help our clients run more effective investor relations programs. Ipreo has more than 750 employees supporting clients in every major financial center around the world.
For further information, please visit www.ipreo.com
Morrow Sodali is the leading global consultancy specializing in shareholder services, corporate governance, proxy solicitation and capital markets transactions. The firm provides corporate boards and executives with strategic advice and services relating to a broad range of activities, including: mergers and acquisitions, annual general and extraordinary shareholder meetings, dissident and contested campaigns, shareholder activist initiatives and multinational cross-border equity and debt transactions.
From headquarters in New York and London and seven offices in major capital markets, Morrow Sodali serves more than 700 corporate clients in 40 countries, including many of the world’s largest multinational corporations. In addition to listed and private companies, its clients include mutual funds, stock exchanges, membership associations and activist investors.
For further information please visit: www.morrowsodali.com
Contact us: email@example.com
Nasdaq (Nasdaq: NDAQ) is a leading global provider of trading, clearing, exchange technology, listing, information and public company services. Through its diverse portfolio of solutions, Nasdaq enables customers to plan, optimize and execute their business vision with confidence, using proven technologies that provide transparency and insight for navigating today’s global capital markets. As the creator of the world’s first electronic stock market, its technology powers more than 89 marketplaces in 50 countries, and 1 in 10 of the world’s securities transactions. Nasdaq is home to 3,800 total listings with a market value of $11 trillion.
Orient Capital is a global leader in share ownership analysis, equity market intelligence, investor communication, shareholder management technology, global bondholder analysis, institutional targeting & investor perception work.
We are the largest analyser of share registers globally and the dominant provider of equity and debt ownership analytics in multiple markets. We help listed companies identify and track their shareholders, as well as their behaviour, using either local ownership disclosure provisions or our own proprietary methodologies.
We provide IR solutions alongside our proxy solicitation team (D.F. King), combining our experience on debt transactions, acceptance chasing for takeovers, takeover defence, shareholder activist defence, vote matching and corporate governance advisory.
miraqle, our unique web-based platform, is the desktop investor relations solution of choice for over 1,600 listed companies in Australasia, Asia, UK, Europe and Africa. miraqle empowers companies to most efficiently manage their interaction with the capital markets and the functions that arise as a consequence of being listed.
Our products enable companies to maximise the opportunity of public ownership and to reap the benefits of good investor relations. miraqle is the indispensable investor relations tool.
Our London team supports the investor relations programs and corporate transactions for listed companies in over 15 countries across EMEA.
Orient Capital (and D.F. King Ltd) are part of Link Group | Corporate Markets
Association of Bulgarian Investor Relations Directors /ABIRD/
Since 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, please visit www.aeri.es
BIRA works as a forum that actively exchanges experiences and ideas between its members, in order to improve the communication between companies and investors, taking into account the relevant laws and regulations.
BIRA has formulated a code of conduct of the IR profession and aims to represent its members internationally.
For more information, please visit www.belgian-ir.be
C.I.R.A. (Cercle Investor Relations Austria) is the Austrian Investor Relations Association. Our target is to improve continuously, internationalize and professionalize the Investor Relations field in Austria. With more than 90 members C.I.R.A. covers almost all ATX prime companies and a better part of the Austrian mid market und standard market as well as other companies concerning the capital market.
For further information, please visit www.cira.at.
DIRK – the German Investor Relations Association – is the largest European trade association uniting businesses and capital markets. We give investor relations (IR) a voice and represent approximately 90% of the capital listed on the stock exchange in Germany. As independent experts, we optimise the dialogue between issuers, investors and the relevant intermediaries, while setting professional standards of quality. Our members receive expert support and practice-oriented knowledge, as well as access to networks and IR professionals from across the globe. In addition, we actively promote the investor relations profession and offer extensive opportunities for further training and development in close cooperation with science and research.
For further information, please visit www.dirk.org.
Hong Kong Investor Relations Association (HKIRA) is a professional association comprising investor relations practitioners and corporate officers responsible for communications between corporate management and the investment community. HKIRA advocates the setting of international standards in IR education, advances the best IR practices and meet the professional development needs of those interested in pursuing the investor relations profession.
HKIRA is dedicated to advancing the practice of IR as well as the professional competency and status of our members. To date, HKIRA has over 600 members and most of them are working for companies primarily listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. HKIRA’s membership profile covers a wide spectrum of professions from IR, finance, accounting, company secretarial to corporate investment roles. It consists of executives at various stages of their career, including the top executives from the IR professional and also the C-level management of listed companies.
For more information, please visit www.hkira.com
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, IR Club has become an overwhelming success and has more than 1,200 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!
Tel.: +49 177 232 0001
The IR club Switzerland is the network for investor relations professionals in Switzerland, a forum for exchanging ideas, tackling key IR issues and developing best practices. It also aims to establish and promote contacts between club members and investors, asset managers and financial analysts both in Switzerland and abroad.
For more information, please visit www.irclub.ch/
Run by IROs for IROs, Investor Relations Professionals Association (Singapore) or IRPAS is a voluntary commitment by a team of IR veterans in Singapore united by the same dedication to build a community for fellow IR practitioners. It aims to empower members through education, professional development and networking initiatives, and to promote the sharing of IR knowledge and practices through internal research and partnerships with leading institutions and IR societies around the world.
IRPAS was established in 2006 by leading IROs, supported by Singapore Exchange (SGX), with the primary objectives of championing IR best practice, enhancing professional competencies and elevating the overall standard of the IR profession in Singapore.
IRPAS has approximately 200 members comprising representatives from companies across sectors listed on the Mainboard and Catalist of the Singapore Exchange (SGX), as well as private organisations, financial communications advisors and service providers from around the region. IRPAS seeks to represent the views of its members and provide the platform to facilitate dialogue between IROs, regulators and the wider investment community.
For more information, please visit www.irpas.com.
The Investor Relations Society (IR Society) is a membership organisation, run by IR professionals for IR professionals, that exists to develop the IR profession in the UK and beyond.
Established in 1980, our mission is to promote best practice in investor relations; to support the professional development of our members; to represent their views to regulatory bodies, the investment community and government; and to act as a forum for issuers and the investment community.
We have more than 780 members, including representatives from many of the FTSE 100, a growing number of FTSE 250, AIM, Small Cap and overseas listed companies and a wide range of IR advisers and service providers.
The Middle East Investor Relations Association (MEIRA) is an independent non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the Investor Relations (IR) profession and industry standards in corporate governance. The mission of MEIRA is to enhance the reputation, efficiency and attractiveness of the Middle East capital markets.
This involves a commitment to fostering increased dialogue among its members and to encourage them to share and adopt best practice techniques within the field of IR. In partnership with stock exchanges, regulators and other market participants, MEIRA supports companies through its professional development and certification programmes as well as its membership community and network of country chapters.
For more information, please visit www.meira.me
Founded in 1969, NIRI is the professional association of corporate officers and investor relations consultants responsible for communication among corporate management, shareholders, securities analysts and other financial community constituents. NIRI is the largest professional investor relations association in the world with more than 3,300 members representing over 1,600 publicly held companies and $9 trillion in stock market capitalization.
For more information, please visit www.NIRI.org
We’re pleased to be hosting the Global Forum this year at the:
Paris Marriott Champs Elysées Hotel
70 Avenue des Champs-Elysees
For alternative accommodation options at nearby hotels located a short distance away from the Global Forum venue, please click here to view our dedicated HotelsMap.
Please note that as Paris Fashion Week will be taking place at the same time as the Global Forum (3-4 October), we encourage attendees to book accommodation as soon as possible, as many hotels in the surrounding area will be selling out.
A new social network for IR professionals! Connect with your peers via private messaging and groups, share ideas and know-how in the community forum, read all the latest IR news and download IR resources from the extensive, free knowledge base. Site features include:
Networking: Network with your peers by searching based on their sector, market cap, location and role, or look for individuals by their name or company. Connect with other members via private messaging and open or private groups.
Share knowledge and ideas: IRspace’s professionally moderated community forum will allow members to post queries and discussion topics and receive answers from a community of global IROs. This provides an opportunity for members to compare best practices and promote their own blog posts and thought leadership. Members can post queries anonymously or as themselves.
Knowledge base: The site contains an extensive, free and searchable knowledge base, granting IROs access to white papers, strategy and planning guides, research reports, investor perception studies and webinar recordings, as well as all the latest news and articles in the world of IR.
If you are a member of an IR association or society, you will receive €100 off the prices below. Please contact your association for the discount code or contact us if you have any problems securing this code. The passes below will provide you with full access to the two day conference and awards reception. The ‘corporate attendee’ rate is reserved for IR professionals at publicly listed companies only. All others are to book under the ‘standard’ rate.
+44 20 8004 6214