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IR Magazine Forum – Europe

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Virtual event: Live and available on replay

About the forum

The IR Magazine Forum – Europe is back on June 10, 2021, to give European IR professionals practical, take away ideas to implement into their IR program.

In 2020, attendees joined us virtually to take a refreshing look at running an IR program in the new normal. This year, you will hear the latest advice on targeting, including how to respond to the changing nature of the traditional sell-side, how to engage with retail and passive investors, and the future for roadshows.

As well as this, buy-side, sell side and issuing companies will share advice on post-pandemic strategies, creative best practice, ESG reporting, and the use of new technologies. Check out our star speakers from 2020 below!


Due to current restrictions, the event will take place as a virtual experience using our bespoke, cutting-edge technology.

Our virtual event platform closely replicates attending in-person by facilitating interaction with speakers, one-to-one networking with fellow IR professionals, and group roundtable discussions. Going virtual helps you connect with a wider network from the comfort of your desk.


Timings on the agenda as shown as Central European Time (CET)

Download IR Europe Forum pdf agenda here.

  • 09:00 AM
    Welcome to the IR Magazine Forum - Europe 2021

  • 09:30 AM
    Asset management trends to be aware of in 2022

    To open the forum, this big-picture session will assess investor sentiment on European stocks, what’s important to the buy-side and how investors see European opportunities evolving. We will discuss:

    • Are investors feeling bullish or bearish on European stocks?
    • Where do investors see opportunities for alpha over the coming months?
  • 10:00 AM
    Designing the IR calendar going forward: how to stay agile

    The future of restriction-free travel soon promises a return to normality, but to what extent will easing of restrictions be fragmented across Europe, and what will the impact be on IR? In this session you will learn:

    • How IR can establish a flexible marketing approach over the coming months and be prepared to pivot at short notice.
    • How hybrid will work for your non-deal roadshows, investor conferences, 1:1 meetings and earnings calls.
    • How to measure the ongoing success of your approach and make the most out of management’s time.

    Michael Hufton, founder and managing director, ingage IR

  • 10:45 AM
    Coffee & networking break

  • 11:15 AM
    [ROUNDTABLE] What does IR look like in 2030 and how can IROs prepare?

    This session will debate the transformation of the investor relations role, and the recent and long-term factors contributing to this shift. IROs in this session will give their ideas on:

    • The skillset needed to run a strong IR program in the next 10 years, and what management teams and boards will be expecting of IR teams in 2030.
    • The emerging factors contributing to the shift in the IR role.
    • How IROs and their teams are currently creating the most value for their teams.
  • 12:00 PM
    International exposure: how to access a global shareholder base

    This session explores the challenges and opportunities of increasing investor targeting internationally. Covering the latest regulation affecting European issuer targeting in the US, the session will address:

    • How issuers have successfully reached new international investors during the last 12 months
    • How investor targeting practices are evolving and the best ways to maximize outreach digitally
    • New regulations impacting European issuers and their international investors
  • 12:45 PM

    In this interactive session, you will hear insights and share best practice in an interactive scenario.

  • 13:15 PM
    Coffee & networking break

  • 13:45 PM
    Looking ahead: how will data transform IR?

    To help IR teams navigate the emergence of AI and smart technologies used by investors and, increasingly; issuers, this session will cover:

    • The sources of emerging data that companies should be aware of.
    • How the emerging use of natural language processing and machine learning impacts IR teams.
    • How the buy-side currently harnesses these technologies, and the impact it has on investment decisions.
  • 14:15 PM
    Decoding ESG reporting frameworks: An issuer & buy-side comparison

    When it comes to ESG reporting, companies may feel overwhelmed when deciding which framework to prioritize. With independent and paid-for frameworks emerging, the challenge becomes even more fragmented. In this session, you will discover:

    • How a number of issuers and investors have experienced the various reporting frameworks and initiatives.
    • Which frameworks to consider when trying to improve your ESG rating and inclusion in indices.
    • Investor experiences and preferences on dominant and emerging frameworks.
  • 15:00 PM
    ESG cooperation: Should IR be listeners or teachers on ESG? Working with the buy-side & the key role of IR

    This session will bring in buy-side perspectives to discuss how issuers and investors can better cooperate for a more effective ESG approach. As well as this, we will discuss how IROs can hone in on their operational handling of ESG, from board communications to improving the skillset required to implement an ESG program. We will discuss:

    • What are some ideal ESG communications best practices from the investor perspective?
    • How can IR and the buy-side better cooperate to avoid greenwashing?
    • The internal process of managing an ESG program: how can IR communicate the initiative to the board? What should the main responsibility of investor relations be in managing an ESG program?
  • 16:00 PM
    Closing remarks and end of forum

What our virtual attendees say

"It was the first fully virtual event I've attended....great content, mix of speakers and interactivity "


"Topics discussed are all relevant.
Event is well organised. Transition between main stage and panel discussion sessions was seamless.
And Laurie was an excellent host!"


"Virtual break out rooms were great. High quality speakers on the panels."


"Nice balance between keynote speakers, parallel sessions and the option to virtual network"


"Interactive, good speakers, relevant topics, good digital solution"


"You did a great job in a tough situation making it fun and engaging. Really wonderful work and congrats to you all."


"I was tremendously impressed with the content and also the seamless Hopin platform! Kudos to you and the IR team for pioneering these fantastic virtual events!"


"Great execution, clear planning, and wonderful networking!"

Telsey Advisory Group

"Hopin was great. Really had the virtual feel of an in-person conference. Loved the speakers. Very diverse backgrounds. A broad spectrum and well-rounded topics."


"I felt the virtual format was faced paced and moved quickly. The size of the panels was good for different points of views and perspectives.

Murphy Oil Corporation

Who attends our virtual events

Our attendees are leading IR practitioners from across Europe. Each participant is someone with an established track record and a strategic IR role within their company.

Below is a sample of some of our past virtual attendees:

Job title Company Job title Company
Associate director and IR head Ayala Corporation Head of investor relations National Express Group
Communications and corporate affairs director RPS Head of investor relations Poste Italiane
Director group communications/investor relations Hilding Anders Head of investor relations Telefónica Deutschland
Director of investor relations Lloyds Banking Group Head of IR AJ Bell
Director of investor relations & external communications GVC Holdings Head of IR Cellnex
Director of investor relations Carrefour Head of IR Dialog Semiconductor
Director, capital markets and strategic initiatives En+ Group Head of IR Howden Joinery Group
Director, investor relations Credit Suisse Head of IR IG Group
Director, London office Antofagasta Head of IR MOL Group
Events & financial marketing director Edenred Head of IR Moscow Exchange
Group executive vice president Santander Head of IR Unipol
Head IR Cembra Head of IR Polymetal
Head of corporate affairs Spectris Investor relations director Schneider Electric
Head of investor relations Aperam Senior director investor relations ASM International
Head of investor relations Equinor Vice president investor relations & corporate strategy Japan Tobacco
Head of investor relations Ford VP director, investor relations Experian

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Become a partner

Why partner with us? 

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

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 matter and commitment to in-depth agenda research, our events are guaranteed to attract a qualified audience. 

The unique buzz we create at our virtual events – a far cry from a webinar – makes them multi-faceted and highly interactive with great engagement in particular from heads of IR. 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 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 at the IR Magazine Forum – Europe. Get in touch with Ross Ingram or call on +44 78265 38072.

In the last 12 months, IR Magazine’s virtual events have attracted the highest, most diverse and senior attendees and experts in investor relations


Book your place

The early bird rate expires on May 7, 2021. 

After this date the price will increase to the standard price booking price of £245.

NOTE: For attendees based in the UK, all prices are subject to 20% VAT.

If you have any questions, please contact Chloë Rutter at [email protected] or +44 20 3002 0396.

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