IR Magazine

Exclusively for in-house IRO's

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Bank of America offices, London


The IR Magazine Think Tank – Europe will take place on Thursday, June 20 in London and is an invitation-only event exclusively for senior IR officers. Our think tanks are free to attend and our unique format enables participants to network extensively, discuss, debate and dissect topical issues affecting today’s IROs.

What makes our format so unique?

Our think tanks are far removed from the traditional conference setup as the event consists of panel sessions followed by roundtable discussions on select IR issues. These interactive sessions are an opportunity to share experiences with and learn from other top-rated investor relations professionals. All table discussions are confidential, and none of the participants’ comments is attributed, allowing attendees to talk freely and have frank, open discussions.

How do our roundtable discussions work?
  Industry experts, top-rated IROs and members of the investment community set the agenda for a panel discussion by sharing their thoughts on session topics.
 Small round tables of IROs discuss these issues face to face.
 Each table gives feedback and shares ideas with the group as a whole.

Agenda: 2024

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  • 08:15 AM
    Registration, breakfast and morning networking

  • 08:50 AM
    Welcome to the think tank

    Laurie Havelock, editor, IR Magazine

  • 09:00 AM
    Navigating the equity downturn: Shareholder engagement best practices in 2024

    With UK equities out of favor and a generally sluggish outlook pervading capital markets across Europe, IR professionals face an uphill struggle when attracting, engaging and communicating with shareholders.

    This panel will explore practical strategies and best practice for IR teams to adapt their approach and plot a course through this challenging period.

    • Discover how your peers are identifying and engaging potential investors within a turbulent landscape
    • Learn how to diversity targeting efforts to reach new investor pools, both domestically and internationally
    • Hear how to foster transparent, proactive, and empathetic communication during periods of market volatility
    • Understand how changing stock-flow dynamics can help you anticipate shifts in your shareholder base and tailor your engagement strategies accordingly

    Moderator: Laurie Havelock, editor, IR Magazine

  • 09:30 AM
    Tech-Forward IR: Harnessing innovation for impactful investor engagement

    In today’s fast-paced and digitally-driven investment landscape, IR teams must always be on the lookout for tools that can streamline and simplify their basic functions. Yet, when it comes to leveraging the latest technological advancements, it can be challenging to work out what options are out there and how they can work for you.

    In this panel, our expert speaker will discuss the transformative power of advanced tech with a particular focus on optimizing investor days, capital market days and virtual shareholder events.

    • Learn how to leverage AI-powered analytics to gather real-time insights on investor behavior, sentiment and engagement during events, enabling more personalized and impactful content delivery
    • Explore new tools that can create immersive and interactive experiences for remote and hybrid investor audiences
    • Discover how to automate administrative tasks and free up your time to focus on strategic priorities and building investor relationships

    Moderator: Laurie Havelock, editor, IR Magazine

  • 10:00 AM
    Demystifying AI: Practical applications to elevate your IR strategy

    While AI has become a buzzword in the technology landscape, many investor relations professionals are still grappling with how to effectively leverage the technology and add measurable value to their companies. It’s time to move beyond the hype and explore the practical applications of AI that can truly transform your IR function.

    Join this session and learn actionable steps to help you harness the power of AI:

    • Gain a comprehensive overview of the AI tools and solutions available today, and learn how you can incorporate them to elevate the IR function
    • Hear real-life examples from industry peers about their successes and challenges in implementing AI
    • Discover quick-win AI applications that can deliver immediate benefits, and learn how to build a holistic strategy for AI integration across your IR team
    • Learn strategies for securing buy-in and support from the C-suite and other stakeholders to facilitate the successful rollout of AI-powered IR initiatives
    • Examine how the buy-side are utilizing AI and consider how to factor that into your IR efforts

    Moderator: Lauren McDonald, conference producer, IR Magazine

  • 10:30 AM

  • 11:00 AM
    Morning networking break

  • 11:30 AM
    Bridging the IR skills gap: Navigating change and evolving competencies

    The IR world is constantly evolving and with it, the role of the IRO. Driven by technological advancements, evolving regulatory requirements and changing investor needs, IR teams must be vigilant as to what skills and expectations are imperative to have not only now, but further down the line.

    This panel will explore the key competencies and skill sets required for IR professionals to thrive in the modern IR ecosystem, with a focus on addressing the skills gap and on practical strategies for continuous development.

    • Hear about the impact of new market conditions and incoming regulatory changes on evolving skill sets for “the IRO of the future”
    • Learn how to leverage training programs, mentorship and cross-functional collaboration to bridge the skills gap
    • Discover how to take ownership of your career development and stay ahead of the curve

    Moderator: Lauren McDonald, conference producer, IR Magazine

  • 12:00 PM
    Fireside chat: ESG - Regulatory shifts, investor expectations, and effective narrative-building

    As the ESG landscape continues to evolve, IR teams are faced with the challenge of navigating a complex web of regulatory requirements, reporting frameworks and investor expectations. Across Europe, companies are grappling with new disclosure mandates, such as the EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) and the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), each with its own unique set of guidelines and metrics.

    This panel will provide IR teams with the essential insights and practical guidance to effectively synthesize the most relevant ESG data and communicate a compelling and concise narrative to investors.

    • Identify the most material ESG metrics and indicators that are relevant to your business and investors
    • Explore emerging ESG-related trends and themes that are shaping investor sentiment and decision-making
    • Learn techniques for distilling complex ESG data and information into clear, concise and impactful communications
    • Explore methods for aligning internal stakeholders to ensure consistency in ESG-related communications

    Moderator: Steven Wade, head of event content, IR Magazine

  • 12:20 PM
    Elevating the strategic impact of investor relations: Forging a powerful partnership with the C-Suite

    In a public company, the C-suite must find the balance between multiple competing priorities to ensure they are always driving shareholder value. A symbiotic relationship with the IR team is critical to this project and a shared understanding of company strategy central to its success.

    In this session, you will:

    • Gain insights into how the C-suite defines and measures the success of a high-performing investor relations function
    • Discover practical approaches for fostering a collaborative partnership between the IR team and the C-suite that allows for constructive discussion of management’s strengths and weaknesses
    • Understand the strategic considerations for expanding the IR department against a backdrop of resource constraints
    • Learn effective strategies for investor relations professionals to assert their vital role within the organization
    • Discuss the best methods to keep management informed of investor sentiment

    Moderator: Lauren McDonald, conference producer, IR Magazine

  • 12:50 PM

  • 13:15 PM

  • 14:15 PM
    Unlocking the secrets of your stock's trading dynamics: Strategies for success

    As an investor relations professional, having a comprehensive understanding of how your company’s stock is traded is paramount to driving effective shareholder engagement and optimizing your overall IR strategy. Far beyond just the transparency concerns raised by the proliferation of dark pool trading venues, the intricate web of trading mechanisms, market participants, and stock flow patterns can have a profound impact on the perception and valuation of your organization.

    This panel will provide IR teams with a deep dive into the complex trading landscape, equipping you with the knowledge and tools to unravel the mysteries surrounding the trading of your company’s shares.

    • Gain a thorough understanding of the diverse trading venues and market participants involved in the trading of your stock, from traditional exchanges to alternative liquidity pools
    • Learn how to track and interpret the movement of your company’s shares, identifying key shifts in ownership to understand who is trading your stock and why
    • Uncover the tools and analytical frameworks that you can employ to gain deeper insights into your investor base to make more informed, data-driven decisions around engagement
    • Discuss how to navigate transparency issues in your shareholder base when trying to understand the full picture of your company’s trading landscape

    Moderator: Lauren McDonald, conference producer, IR Magazine

  • 14:45 PM
    Cutting through the noise: Maintaining messaging consistency amid data overload

    With ever-evolving disclosure requirements, crowded capital markets and constantly changing investor expectations, IR teams face a sizeable challenge in getting their message across to target audiences.

    In this panel, our speakers will discuss how to navigate the data overload and ensure IR teams are communicating their narrative in a clear, concise and resonant manner.

    • Learn how to develop a cohesive messaging framework to align internal stakeholders and ensure consistency across all investor touchpoints
    • Discuss how to prioritize and distill the most relevant data for your communications
    • Hear how to strategically adapt messaging to address evolving regulatory requirements and investor information preferences
    • Discover the most effective digital channels and content platforms for different audiences and how to strategically utilize each one
    • Consider how to align IR and corporate communications for greater consistency and resource maximization

    Moderator: Steven Wade, head of event content, IR Magazine

  • 15:05 PM

  • 15:35 PM
    Investor Q&A: Ask the buy-side

    In this interactive Q&A session, we’ve assembled an expert panel of investors to provide you with an inside look at their priorities, concerns, and areas of focus for the year ahead. This is your opportunity to engage directly with a diverse range of buy-side perspectives and gain valuable insights to enhance your investor relations strategies.

    • Hear an investor perspective on the current market environment, areas of opportunity, and potential risks that are shaping their decision-making processes
    • Learn what buy-side expectations are when it comes to interacting with IR teams
    • Uncover the critical factors that influence investor perceptions, including the information they value most and the potential deal-breakers that can impact their investment decisions

    Moderator: Steven Wade, head of event content, IR Magazine

  • 16:15 PM
    Closing remarks and end of think tank

    Steven Wade, head of event content, IR Magazine

Who attends our events

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

Below is a sample list of our past attendees:

Job title Company Job title Company
Associate director BioNTech Director, IR Teck Resources
Associate director, IR Lloyds Banking Group Director, IR YouGov
Associate director, IR & communications Liminal BioSciences Director, IR, sustainability NCC Group
Chief of staff to CFO, head of IR Ignitis Group Group financial controller, head of IR Bakkavor Group
Corp director, capital markets & treasurer Mapfre IR director Ermenegildo Zegna
Director IR, sustainability IRES REIT IR director Reach
Director, ESG Vedanta Resources Senior director Willis Towers Watson
Director, head of distribution Gravis Senior director, IR Infineon Technologies
Director, IR Alcon Senior director, IR, communications Verona Pharma
Director, IR BT Group SVP, head of IR, communication Swedish Orphan Biovitrum
Director, IR Burberry SVP, IR, corporate development Agilyx
Director, IR Fever-Tree VP treasury, IR SUSE
Director, IR GSK VP, IR PMI
Director, IR Metro Bank VP, IR Technip Energies
Director, IR Shurgard VP, IR, corporate communications ADC Therapeutics


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What our attendees say

"Possibilities to network. Great and balanced agenda"


"Opportunity to hear from and discuss topical issues with peers. Thought the roundtables were a very positive innovation"


"Good attendance and opportunity to cover a wide range of topics, prompting different ways to consider IR, across one day"

Gemfields Group

"The interactive nature of the table discussions is really valuable. Not only a great way to network with other IROs but a really useful way to share experiences and best practice"

Amigo Holdings

"Highly informative, well run"


"Congratulations to all involved in the event. I know what a huge undertaking this is. Great to see the IR Magazine being proactive and topical in terms of sessions, i.e. AI"



Become a partner

Why partner with us?

Our events provide a unique opportunity to get in front of some of the most influential people in the IR community globally. As a partner, 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 industry excellence and network with key decision-makers from across the region.

Being a partner 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

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 Think Tank – Europe. Get in touch with Henry Wright or call on +44 20 8004 5337.

Join us for a celebration in the evening!

The IR Magazine Awards – Europe will celebrate IR excellence on the evening of Thursday, June 20 at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, London.

This event remains the European IR community’s largest annual gathering and will be an evening of celebrations and networking for investor relations officers along with their senior managements, advisers and analysts.

Join us at the awards ceremony straight after the think tank and celebrate the success of those individuals and teams that are leading the way in the IR community in 2024!

Visit our awards website

Request an invite

This event is exclusively for senior corporate, in-house IR professionals. To request an invite for this event, please fill in the form below and if you are eligible, we will send you a confirmation email along with detailed event information.

If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Wilson at [email protected] or call on +44 20 8004 5339.

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