IR Magazine

IR Magazine Think Tank
UK & Ireland 2017

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Crowne Plaza London - The City

About the event

The IR Magazine Think Tank – UK & Ireland 2017 is a one-day event exclusively for IROs based in the UK and Ireland.

What IROs say about the IR Magazine Think Tank UK & Ireland

wtt Timely event: this event is perfectly positioned to help attendees take stock of the impact of the previous year and provide a plan for the future
  Benchmark: the event is a great opportunity for attendees to evaluate where their IR strategy stands in comparison to their peers so that they can reset their focus for the year ahead
 Run lean: attendees learn how to have maximum strategic impact with reduced resources – do more with less as IR teams and budgets shrink
 Unique format: our unique format enables participants to network extensively, discuss, debate and dissect topical issues
 Discover something new: attendees learn about new technologies, innovations, and services that are available to help to transform their IR strategy, increase productivity and make better decisions
  Network with the community: the event gives an opportunity to delegates to expand their networks and meet with investors, analysts, experts, and peers



Click here for a PDF version overview of the 2017 agenda

  • 08:00 AM
    Registration and refreshments

  • 09:00 AM
    Welcome to the conference

  • 09:15 AM
    The Second Markets in Financial Instruments Directive – The 'known-knowns' and the 'known-unknowns'

    Looking ahead to January 3rd and the future impact that MiFID II will have on the IR function this briefing will outline the key aspects that IROs need to be aware of, focusing on both likely impacts and those which are yet to become clear, whilst discussing the speed in which different issues will impact the IR function and investment landscape as a whole.

  • 10:00 AM
    Adapting to the changing investment and research landscape

    Looking ahead to January 3rd and the future impact that MiFID II will have on the IR function this briefing will outline the key aspects that IROs need to be aware of, focusing on both likely impacts and those which are yet to become clear, whilst discussing the speed in which different issues will impact the IR function and investment landscape as a whole.

    • The need to build relationships with independent research providers and specialist brokers to uncover what is being written about your company and what you can do to ensure that you are represented fairly
    • How to manage analyst consensus with reduced coverage and understand the extent to which this can be shared publicly
    • Understand how large cap companies can benefit from fewer sell side analysts writing about them, and discuss the impact on research quality
    • Is paid research the only way? Discuss how small-mid cap companies can minimize loss of coverage
    • Learn how to manage a higher volume of direct requests for information without sacrificing quality of information provided.
  • 11:00 AM
    Morning coffee and refreshments

  • 11:15 AM
    INVESTOR PANEL: Understand the changing requirements from investors and trending governance topics

    Hear directly from buyside and sell-side investors to understand what they want to hear from IROs in 2018 and beyond.

    • Discuss how both the buyside and sell-side will adapt to MiFID, hear about changes to corporate access and paid research
    • What are the most pertinent corporate governance topics that will arise in 2018
    • Hear what investors want to hear about your equity story, and the level of detail that is needed to represent a fair valuation of your share price
    • Know how to engage passive investors to understand acceptance and avoid negative voting recommendations prior to your AGM.
  • 12:30 PM

  • 13:15 PM
    Managing your IR team: Best practice in streamlining and workforce development to deal with extra demand

    With the importance of IR expected to grow, what plans are in place to deal with extra capacity and how are you managing your IR program to ensure your team is efficiently selling the business?

    • Learn how to work smarter with fewer resources available from the sell-side and increased pressure on IR budgets
    • Grow team size, improve skills or increase resources? Discover the different strategies to grow IR’s capacity
    • Understand how technology and digitalisation of IR can save time and support personal engagement between management and investors
    • Discuss how to provide further engagement between investors and company leadership following a reduction in corporate access.
  • 14:15 PM
    How to be more proactive in shareholder targeting and improve communications

    How to take responsibility for corporate access and improve buyside investor identification and targeting – assuming that attendance of analysts at conferences is likely to reduce.

    • Shareholder targeting is getting harder – hear the top 3 recommendations for understanding your register and improving investor identification
    • Innovation in communications: learn how technology and outside-the-box thinking can increase engagement with shareholders
    • Learn how to make your messaging clear, consistent, transparent, and share materials to increase reach to a wide range of investors
    • Hear how to develop targeting strategies and tools to reach a wider, more fragmented investor universe.
  • 15:15 PM

    Summary of the key discussions and learning points from the day’s discussions.

  • 15:30 PM
    Event concludes


We are currently finalising the speakers that will be leading discussions this year, have a look at who spoke at last year's to understand the level of expertise to expect when we announce this year's line-up

Who attends?

The IR Magazine Think Tank
UK & Ireland
is exclusively for IR professionals from across the UK and Ireland, attended by top experts in the IR field, some of the companies that attended in 2016 include:

Job title Company Job title Company
Chief counsel, corporate and securities BAE Systems Investor relations analyst Hammerson
Corporate development & investor relations Kenmare Resources Investor relations analyst HSBC
Director / Head of Investor Relations Rolls-Royce Investor relations analyst Legal & General
Director of investor relations Centrica Investor relations director Eurocommercial Properties
Director of investor relations Royal Mail Investor Relations Executive Rolls-Royce
Director, London office Antofagasta Investor relations manager Antofagasta
Group head of investor relations Jardline Lloyd Thompson Investor relations manager BAE Systems
Head of corporate affairs & communication AG Barr Investor relations manager Legal & General
Head of investor relations Genel Energy Investor relations manager Petrofac Services
Head of investor relations Legal & General IR manager IHG
Head of investor relations Majestic Wine IR manager Unilever
Head of investor relations Unilever Legal secondee BAE Systems
Head of IR and corporate communications Ophir Energy Manager of investor relations Refresco Group
Head of IR RWE AG Senior investor relations manager Tesco
Interim IR manager British Land Senior manager stakeholder relations & strategy DIRK
Investor relations Schroders

Venue & Accommodation

Crowne Plaza London – The City
19 New Bridge Street

Nearest underground station
Blackfriars station, Circle and District lines

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.

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The IR Magazine Think Tank – UK & Ireland 2017 provides a unique opportunity to get your brand in front of some of the most influential people in UK and Ireland.


As a sponsor, you will gain an extensive amount of exposure through a wide range of marketing materials, both pre and post event, as well as on the day itself. Additionally, you can use the event to showcase your expertise in the area, align yourself with IR excellence and network with key decision makers from across UK and Ireland.

Sponsoring the event will provide:

• A chance to network with senior decision-makers in the IR community
• Increased awareness and credibility through association with the region’s leading Think Tank
• New business opportunities through higher-brand presence among current and potential clients
• An opportunity to educate an influential and affluent audience about your products and services

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


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