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IR MAGAZINE THINK TANK – Europe
Exclusively for heads of IR

Thursday, June 23, 2022

In-person event: Bank of America offices, London

About the think tank

The IR Magazine Think Tank – Europe will take place on Thursday, June 23, 2022 in London and is an invitation-only event exclusively for senior IR officers. It is 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 set-up as the event consists of a series 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 are attributed. This allows 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 on 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: 2022

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View the 2022 PDF agenda here

 

  • 08:30 AM
    Registration and networking

  • 08:55 AM
    Opening remarks

  • 09:00 AM
    The role of public companies during times of geopolitical crisis

    With economies worldwide recovering from the pandemic, we now seem to be entering a new period of uncertainty. In response to the Ukraine crisis, governments have imposed sanctions and companies exiting Russia at unprecedented speed. Furthermore, a recalibration of global supply chains, combined with rising inflation and high interest rates, means public companies across Europe are looking for guidance on navigating the current environment.  

    • Market outlook: assess the impact of the invasion of Ukraine on the responsibility of public companies and investors
    • How best to engage with shareholders during periods of inflation and supply chain disruption
    • Reputation management and global entity management: what lessons have been learned?
  • 09:30 AM
    Roundtables: Building resilience and communicating in a crisis

  • 10:00 AM
    Rethinking the ‘S’ in ESG: An in-depth look at the social aspect of sustainable investing

    In this session we’ll be taking a closer look at the S of ESG and how public companies can improve their relationships with their workforce, political environments and the society in which they operate. In this session our speakers will discuss how the pandemic has changed the discussion around human capital management, diversity and equality, and share insight on communicating your social impact to shareholders. 

    • Assessing the impact of the pandemic on the social responsibility of public companies: what has changed? 
    • Monitoring your company’s societal impact: what metrics and standards does the industry prefer? 
    • Acting on your company’s social goals: turning targets into timelines and timelines into action 

     

  • 10:30 AM
    Networking break

  • 10:45 AM
    Preparing for new reporting requirements and standardizing your ESG disclosures

    For a while now there have been repeated calls from governments, consumers and investors to standardize ESG information in a similar way to financial information. Recently, the development of green taxonomies and the ISSB mark the most significant steps towards reaching this goal, promising to develop a globally recognised reporting standard and common language. Here we will discuss: 

    • The impact of the EU taxonomy on how ESG information is categorized and communicated across Europe
    • How will the formation of the ISSB change existing ESG reporting processes?
    • Further integrating financial and ‘non-financial’ information: what needs to happen next?
  • 11:15 AM
    Roundtables: Collecting and reporting ESG information

  • 11:45 AM
    Aligning your ESG story with new global standards and evolving shareholder expectations

    Staying compliant with changing regulations is crucial, but it is just important to ensure your company’s efforts are communicated with your stakeholders in a clear and succinct way. In this panel, building on the trends discussed in the earlier session, our speakers will share practical insights on ESG story-telling that meet and exceed growing investor expectations. 

    • Knowing what information to prioritize in your sustainability report
    • Improving your ESG scores: how best to sell your ESG story to ratings agencies?
    • ESG in the context of stakeholder capitalism: communicating your ESG story to a wider range of stakeholders
  • 12:15 PM
    Roundtables: Practical advice on communicating ESG with shareholders

  • 12:45 PM
    Lunch

  • 13:45 PM
    Capital raising in a hybrid world: Trends in investor targeting

    The transition to online working had a huge effect on the way public companies and capital markets interact with one another. One of the positives to come of the shift to hybrid working was the ability to connect more easily and directly with a broader range of potential investors. In this panel we’ll discuss how public companies are leveraging this benefit to grow internationally, and how it’s changing the way the buy-side and sell-side operate. 

    • Growing your shareholder base in Europe: what do European investors want and how best to communicate with them?
    • How has MiFID II impacted the role of the sell-side and their relationship with public companies?
    • Directly targeting the buyside: recognising and avoiding common mistakes
  • 14:15 PM
    Roundtables: Practical insights on investor outreach

  • 14:45 PM
    Shareholder engagement in a hybrid world: Combining the convenience of virtual with the value of in-person

    Whilst the benefits of going virtual are numerous, there is a growing demand for a return to in-person events. In this panel, we’ll discuss how companies are managing the move back to face-to-face, to what extend virtual meetings will remain, and how to successfully run a hybrid event in a way that combines the best – rather than the worst – of both worlds. 

    • How are public companies managing the transition back to in-person events? Will multi-day conferences make a comeback?
    • Running impactful hybrid roadshows: maximising engagement and shareholder participation
    • What tools and technology do corporates and investors prefer?
  • 15:15 PM
    Roundtables: Reaching the right people in a hybrid environment

  • 15:45 PM
    Investor Q&A: Buy-side expectations from IR teams in the current market environment

    For our final session, our panel of investors will address any concerns and questions you may have about the coming months. This is an opportunity to engage with a broad range of investors in a frank and open environment. 

    • How has the situation in Ukraine impacted investor sentiment across Europe?
    • How do different types of investors find and screen stocks?
    • What information do investors want from IROs in 2022 and beyond?
    • What is the investor perspective on the transition from shareholder primacy to stakeholder capitalism?
  • 16:30 PM
    End of conference

Speakers: 2020

To inquire about speaking at the 2022 forum, please contact laurence.t[email protected] or call +44 20 8004 4818


Past attendees say

91% of 2019 attendees would attend again

“Great session. Good to keep up with latest developments, or even just get comfort on your own IR plans.” Investor relations manager – Ireland

“I found the format of the Exchange sessions really insightful and interesting.” Head of investor relations – UK

“Absolutely amazing venue and organization! Congrats to all the team!” Investor relations manager – Spain

Who attends our events

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

Below is a sample list of attendees who join our think tank:

Job title Company Job title Company
Director of investor relations AstraZeneca Head of investor relations IG Group
Director of investor relations Credit Suisse Head of investor relations Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits
Director of investor relations Grifols Head of investor relations National Express
Director of IR and sustainable development LSR Group Head of investor relations Nordea
Director, corporate finance and investor relations Polymetal International Head of investor relations Phoenix Group Holdings
Director, investor relations & corporate finance DCC Head of investor relations RWE
Head of investor relations 4D Pharma Head of investor relations Santander UK
Head of investor relations Aegon Head of investor relations Sound Energy
Head of investor relations Banco Sistema Head of investor relations Spire Healthcare
Head of investor relations Cargotec Head of investor relations Virgin Atlantic
Head of investor relations Dialog Semiconductor IR director McCarthy & Stone
Head of investor relations En+ Group IR director MTS

 

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Venue and location

We are pleased to announced that the 2022 think tank will be held at:

Bank of America offices
2 King Edward Street
London
EC1A 1HQ

The entrance to the think tank space is on King Edward Street next to the taxi rank entrance. Click here to view a detailed map of the venue location.

Accommodation
IR Magazine has arranged preferential rates for think tank attendees at nearby hotels. View the hotels and rates by clicking here.

Partners

Join us for a celebration in the evening!

The IR Magazine Awards – Europe will celebrate IR excellence on the evening of Thursday, June 23 at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London.

This event remains the European IR community’s largest annual gathering and will be an evening of back to in-person 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 2022!

Visit our awards website

Covid-19 commitment

Before you attend

  • We ask that all attendees follow government guidance with the onset of any Covid-19 symptoms. If you are presenting symptoms of Covid-19, have been in close contact with anyone confirmed to have Covid-19, are required to quarantine due to travel, or are awaiting the results from a PCR test, we ask that you DO NOT attend the event until you are presented with a negative test result
  • We are closely monitoring the situation and will continue to update our guidelines accordingly

At the venue

  • Upon arrival at the venue, we may request the following:
    • Proof of being fully vaccinated, with a second dose administered at least 14 days before the event date, with a recognized Covid-19 vaccine
    • If, for whatever reason, you are unable to provide evidence you have been vaccinated, you are asked to provide proof of a negative test
    • Your data will not be stored by us or the venue; proof can simply be shown to the organizers upon arrival
  • All attendees are expected to be considerate to those around them and respectful of the safety measures implemented by the organizers and the venue
  • We will continue to implement further efforts to ensure the safety and comfort of our guests, which will be shared with the attendees in advance of the event

If you have any questions about the measures in place, please contact [email protected] 

Request an invite

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

If you have any questions please contact Danielle Gardiner at [email protected] or +44 20 8090 0556.

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