IR Magazine

Forum – Europe
Pan-European event for heads of IR

Thursday, October 6, 2022

In-person and virtual: Paris Marriott Champs Elysees Hotel, France


Europe’s leading investor relations teams gathered in Paris on October 6 to perfect their IR strategy in preparation for 2023.

The IR Magazine Forum was Europe’s largest gathering of investor relations officers and CFOs. The conference helped public companies understand changes in the capital markets, provided insight into next-level investor targeting and improved ESG practices by showcasing award-winning investor relations case studies.

Those who joined us in Paris attended roundtable discussions, networking sessions and in-depth panel talks about investor relations’ most pressing issues. The format, far removed from a traditional conference, consisted of fast-paced panel discussions, face-to-face networking, champagne roundtable discussions, and a networking drinks reception.


In a unique new format, the IR Magazine Forum – Europe takes exclusive IR Magazine data collected from thousands of responses from both heads of IR and investors and looks at solving some of the challenges our research reports have uncovered.

Those who joined us in Paris in October gained data-driven insights into the changing nature of investor relations in 2022 and beyond.

What our attendees say

"What I liked about the event was that you provided so many different perspectives on ESG matters due to the large variety of speakers."


"It was superbly organized and everyone on the IR Magazine team was incredibly helpful, proactive and professional."


"The conference was extremely useful and well organized."


"I have been to a lot of these events and I have found the conversations to be richer and more insightful than many of the bigger panels - probably due to good moderation and good panelists. I was also impressed by how seamless the virtual format was. "


"The diversity of speakers and the quality of the information and the discussion were great"

Hestia Global

"Very well organised with a great range of speakers."

Oxford Brookes University

"An enriching and dynamic virtual conference. One of the best ones I have had the pleasure of attending this year. The panels were driven by brilliant experts and event staff were exceptional at making an all-day event feel like one hour. "

MyLog IQ

"High quality event with a great selection of speakers."


Agenda: 2022

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Timings are subject to change.

  • 08:30 AM
    Registration and networking

  • 08:55 AM
    Welcome to the IR Magazine Forum – Europe

    Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine

  • 09:00 AM
    Opening keynote: Investor relations in uncertain times

    As part of our opening keynote, we look at the impact of a bear market on investor relations priorities and activities, to prove their value, and maximize opportunity in tough times. 

    • Understand the impact that the economic outlook will have on equities and IR officers 
    • Learn how investor relations can demonstrate its value to management and shareholders 
    • Discover how to build trust with shareholders and generate long-term relationships 
    • Discuss how best to prioritize your efforts as an IRO, to navigate volatile markets 

    Moderator:  Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine
    Joanna Darlington, partner, capital markets advisory, FGS Global

  • 09:30 AM
    Delivering roadshow and corporate access success

    Economic trends and changes to how we work and communicate approaches have drastically transformed the roadshow space. In this session, we examine how these trends impact shareholder registers and advise on strategies to maximize quality engagement with investors. 

    • Benchmark your roadshow activities against your peers 
    • Understand how IR can adapt to changing shareholder bases 
    • Refine your roadshow approach to reflect the effects of hybrid IR on domestic and international investor engagement 

    Moderator: Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine
    Thomas France, investor communications partner, DS NORDEN

    Sophie Palliez-Capian, vice president of corporate stakeholder engagement, BIC  

  • 10:00 AM
    Morning refreshments and networking

  • 10:30 AM
    ESG during a bear market

    The notion of ESG is increasingly scrutinized by a portion of the capital markets community. We debate whether the ESG backlash is a signal of maturity or if the change in perception is due to economic pressures.  

    Join this session to explore sentiment around ESG in this environment, the impact of inflation and employment changes on human capital management, and changing expectations around various environmental, social, and governance factors. 

    • Debate whether the perception of ESG changes in a downcycle 
    • Discuss which ESG issues are becoming increasingly material for investors and issuers 
    • Learn about changing expectations around Human Capital Management in a recessionary environment 

    Moderator: Laurence Taylor, senior conference producer, IR Magazine
    Joanna Darlington, partner, capital markets advisory, FGS Global
    Ronan Marc, group vice president of IR, financing and treasury, Legrand Group 
    Sarah Spray, head of investor relations, A.P. Moller-Maersk 

  • 11:30 AM
    Tech-talk: Enhancing your digital IR strategy

    Events from the past two years have increased the importance of a digital presence for investor relations. Opportunities for investor relations officers increase as technology advances, and this session helps you understand how investor relations teams are changing their approach to technology and IR websites. 

    • Discover how investor expectations of IR websites are changing 
    • Stay updated on the latest technology trends impacting investor relations 
    • Learn about how companies are adapting their digital technical toolkit to achieve their goals better

    Moderator: Steven Wade, head of event content, IR Magazine
    Markus Holtz, head of investor relations, Baloise Group
    Ben Riley, UK business development specialist, Lumi Global 

  • 12:00 PM
    Next-level earnings calls

    In a volatile environment, concise, consistent, and comprehensible communications are a must, especially around the financial health of your business. In this session, we explore data related to the earnings call and understand how you can refine your practices to better communicate with the market. 

    • Hear how investor and analyst preferences are changing with regards to earnings calls practices 
    • Learn how to magnify the reach for your quarterly financial messaging 
    • Discover how best to evaluate the impact of an earnings call 

    Moderator: Tim Human, senior reporter, IR Magazine 
    Cynthia Alers, director of investor relations, RM
    Jean-Benoit Roquette, senior vice president of investor relations, Ubisoft Entertainment 
    Joanna Trup, head of SparkLive, London Stock Exchange

  • 12:45 PM

  • 13:45 PM
    Targeting and engagement in a downcycle

    This session investigates how companies and IR professionals can access capital in the current market and explores what the investment community expects from their meetings with companies in the current environment. 

    • Discuss which meetings management and investors find most rewarding 
    • Discover how are targeting methods and criteria changing 
    • Find out how to adapt your approaches to reflect changes among capital market participants 
    • Learn how better to measure success in your targeting and engagement efforts 

    Moderator: Laurence Taylor, senior conference producer, IR Magazine
    Daniel Alvarez, investor relations associate director, HelloFresh
    Guillaume Moinet, co-CEO and founder, Scalens
    Richard Whiteing, vice president, head of investor relations, SES 

  • 14:30 PM
    Afternoon refreshments and networking

  • 15:00 PM
    Progressing your IR career: Opportunities in today’s environment

    Reflect on the changes to the labor market and understand to progress further in your investor relations career (and beyond.) 

    • Discover the additional responsibilities IR officers are undertaking 
    • Hear about the regional and cap-size-related differences in IR career experiences  
    • Learn how routes into the IR profession are changing  
    • Discuss the implications of these trends on running an IR team today 

    Moderator: Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine
    Louis Igonet, head of investor relations, Tikehau Capital 

  • 15:30 PM
    Champagne Roundtables

    Settle down with a drink and discuss today’s topics with your fellow attendees in this interactive session. 

    Share your thoughts, experiences, challenges, and feelings while hearing your peers’ advice and perspective on the most critical topics facing IROs in this environment. 

    • How to address geopolitical issues in your IR program – Cynthia Alers, director of investor relations, RM 
    • Environmentalism beyond decarbonization – Lindsey Stewart, director of investment stewardship research, Morningstar 
    • IR best practices during periods of economic uncertainty – Renaud Lions, head of IR, TotalEnergies 
    • How to effectively use digital platforms and messaging to attract retail investors – Laurence Taylor, senior conference producer, IR Magazine 
    • Enhancing analyst coverage in today’s environment – Tim Human, senior reporter, IR Magazine 

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

  • 16:30 PM
    Summary and drinks reception

    Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine 


We're adding new speakers daily! To inquire about speaking opportunities, please contact [email protected] or call +44 20 3865 8103

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Why partner with us?

The IR Forum – Europe brings together some of the most influential people in the IR community from across Europe.

The event offers an effective approach to targeting clients when they are exploring how they can improve their IR practice. Through our unrivalled knowledge of the subject matters and commitment to in-depth agenda research, our events are guaranteed to attract a qualified audience.

The unique buzz we create at our hybrid events – a far cry from a traditional conference – makes them multi-faceted and highly interactive with great engagement in particular from heads of IR and IR teams. This allows our partners to have meaningful conversations with corporates who are deciding which parts of their IR program to invest in, which service providers to engage and which consultants to retain. By partnering with us on an event, you can generate leads, showcase your thought leadership and position yourselves as the partner of choice to the IR community.

We’d love to have a chat with you about how you can get in front of a truly engaged and motivated audience. Get in touch with Ross Ingram or call on +44 78265 38072.


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Our attendees are leading IR practitioners with an established track record and strategic role within their company.

Below is a sample of some of our past attendees:

Job title Company Job title Company
Associate director, IR HelloFresh Head, IR & communications Savannah Energy
CEO Sharewoods Head, IR & data intelligence Wendel
CFO CVA Head, IR & sustainability Cembra
Chief investor relations officer SAP Investor communications partner Norden
Director OTP Bank IR coordinator QIAGEN
Director, communications & IR Pandox IR manager Nokian Tyres
Director, IR ALRO Manager, IR Pharming Group
Director, IR Aviva Manager, comms & corporate access Sobi Orphan Biovitrum
Director, IR Vestel Elektronik Sanayi ve Ticaret Senior analyst, ESG Banco Santander
Global head of corporate access Kepler Cheuvreux Senior associate, IR & corp comms Seanergy Maritime Holdings
Group VP, IR, financing and treasury Legrand Group SVP, head, comms & IR Swedish Orphan Biovitrum
Head, group communication Immobel SVP, IR GSK
Head, group IR UniCredit SVP, IR Ubisoft Entertainment
Head, IR Baloise Group VP & head, IR SES
Head, IR Caverion Corporation VP, corp stakeholder engagement Societe BIC
Head, IR Nexity VP, head of IR & communications Innate Pharma
Head, IR Rothschild & Co VP, IR & corporate affairs Adevinta
Head, IR TotalEnergies VP, treasury & IR SUSE


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