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IR MAGAZINE THINK TANK – Europe
Exclusively for in-house IROs

Thursday, June 26, 2025

Bank of America offices, London

OUR UNIQUE FORMAT

The IR Magazine Think Tank – Europe will take place Thursday, June 26 in London and was 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

Click here to see the full agenda as a PDF.

All times displayed are in BST.

  • 08:15 AM
    Registration, breakfast and morning networking

  • 08:50 AM
    Welcome to the think tank

    Laurie Havelock, editor, IR Magazine

  • 08:55 AM
    Opening remarks

    Mark Troman, deputy head of EMEA equity research, Bank of America

  • 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
    Geoff Callow, head of IR, Ecora Resources
    Evelyn Herrmann, managing director and Europe economist, Bank of America
    Martin Railton, head of advisory EMEA, S&P Global Market Intelligence

     

  • 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
    France de Sury, head of IR, Groupe BPCE
    Darrell Heaps, founder and CEO, Q4
    Isabel Vilela, head of investor relations and corporate communications, GoviEx Uranium

  • 10:00 AM
    Modernising your Investor Day: Building a must-attend event

    Investor days are evolving rapidly, with changing formats, higher production values, and greater integration of technology. But how can you ensure your next investor day attracts and resonates with the right audience?

    In this session, our panel of IR experts will provide a comprehensive look at planning and executing a best-in-class investor day:

    • Explore strategic approaches to maximising attendance
    • Learn how to select the ideal format – in-person, virtual or hybrid – based on your objectives and audience
    • Gain insight into creative ways to elevate the experience through immersive formats, multimedia integration, and engagement tactics
    • Get tips on how to measure the effectiveness of your event

    Moderator: Lauren McDonald, conference producer, IR Magazine
    Sebastian Grabert, director of investor relations and corporate finance, HomeToGo
    Sylvie Harton, chief business strategy officer, Lumi Global

  • 10:30 AM
    Roundtables

    AI power hour: Exchanging tips and tricks

  • 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: Noemi Distefano, reporter, IR Magazine
    Marina Calero, former group head of IR and ESG, Hyve Group
    Jane Henderson, investor relations manager, BAT

  • 12:00 PM
    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 content, IR Magazine
    Federico Rubin, investor relations analyst, Pirelli & C
    Panos Seretis, managing director and head of global sustainability research, Bank of America
    Rodolfo Svara, investor and ESG relations officer, Assicurazioni Generali

  • 12:30 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
    Michael Hufton, founder and managing director, ingage
    Christian Kern, Director of IR, Telefónica Deutschland
    Irina Zhurba, head of IR and sustainability reporting, Mister Spex

  • 13:00 PM
    Roundtables

  • 13:30 PM
    Lunch

  • 14:30 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
    Gabriel Gonzalez-Gutierrez, investor relations and ESG manager, Rolls Royce
    Neddy Yahya, senior cash trader, Bank of America

  • 15:00 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 content, IR Magazine
    Erik Carlson, COO, Notified
    Simon McGough, president, IR, Wood Group
    Sandra Novakov, managing director of investor relations, Morrow Sodali

  • 15:30 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 content, IR Magazine
    Eloise Veillet, portfolio manager, formerly Redwheel International
    Gervais Williams, head of equities, Premier Miton Investors

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

    Steven Wade, head of event content, IR Magazine

Speakers


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

"I really enjoyed the event, and it was the first time for me to be in the company of so many IR professionals. Everything was very well organized, and I have several "AHA moments" for my future activities."

Purcari Wineries

"Great range of topics and speakers. Quite an intimate setting, which makes it quite interactive."

BAT

"Great presenters, interesting topics and good opportunity to network."

Nokia

"Very engaging, well structured, interesting topics"

Safilo Group

"Good mix of different geographies, seniority level and backgrounds."

Mister Spex

"A great IR networking event."

Anonymous

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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.

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