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IR MAGAZINE THINK TANK – Europe
Interactive, virtual and exclusively for IROs

Thursday, June 18, 2020

An interactive, timely, virtual event connecting IROs

About our think tank

Interactive discussions on the big questions facing European IROs

The IR Magazine Think Tank – Europe is an invitation-only event exclusively for senior IROs. 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.

A virtual experience

The situation surrounding Covid-19. The Europe Think Tank will take place as a virtual experience.

Using cutting edge technology, our virtual event platform replicates the interactivity you get from attending in-person. Join roundtable discussions, interact with speakers and partake in one-to-one networking between panel discussions.

Going virtual means we are connecting even more IR heads from across Europe, it’s invite only and exclusively for heads of IR so be sure to request log in details today.

Stay connected when apart

Take part in interactive sessions as part of a complete virtual event:

Speed networking: Match with fellow attendees and share experiences one-to-one. Our platform randomly matches you with another IRO for a quick one to one conversation. You only meet once, so be sure to click connect and continue the conversation after the event by exchanging contact details.

Interactive breakout sessions: Be part of the conversation and join a group discussion with up to ten IROs. Share knowledge and learn from your peers in a secure environment.

Agenda

Join award winning Heads of Investor Relations from across Europe, to discuss the biggest issues in 2020.

Click each session for details or view as PDF here

  • 08:45 AM
    Virtual platform opens – time for networking and introductions

  • 09:00 AM
    Opening remarks: Welcome to the think tank

    Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine

  • 09:05 AM
    A governmental view on risks and opportunities on the macro-environment related to ESG, Covid-19 and investment trends

    Moderator: Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine
    Madeleine Szeluch, Head of investor relations, Department for business, energy and industrial strategy, UK Government

  • 09:15 AM
    Economic forecast and potential impact on investors’ valuation assumptions

    • How is the economy likely to change over the next six to 12 months?
    • What factors determine the size and scale of Covid-19’s impact on business and markets?
    • What does the road to recovery look like for various markets?
    • Hear how this is likely to change investor sentiment and investment fund flows

    Evelyn Herrmann, Director and Europe economist, BofA Securities

  • 09:45 AM
    Interactive breakout sessions – Be part of the conversation

    Choose from one of three key themes and participate in a secure video chat with fellow IROs.

    The future of IR: This breakout session will look ahead, exploring how the role of an IRO is changing and what career opportunities might look like in the coming months.

    Reporting and communications: Join this breakout session to share best practice around reporting, adapting your earnings calls and the importance of clear digital communications in the current environment.

    Investor targeting and engagement: What are you doing to identify and attract new investors? How are you engaging and building trust with current shareholders? Join this breakout session to share views on the changing face of targeting and engagement.

    Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine

  • 10:30 AM
    On the road again: Your guide to managing roadshows and corporate access

    • Who to target and how: What are the benefits of searching for smaller funds and alternative pockets of capital? What are the best ways to reach growth and long-horizon investors?
    • As more buy-side firms build out their corporate access teams, hear how this will change how the buy side works with IR teams and the sell side. What are the different approaches?
    • How might the nature of roadshows change following the Covid-19 crisis?

    Moderator: Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine
    Martin Railton, Head of advisory, EMEA, IHS Markit

  • 11:15 AM
    Speed networking: Match with attendees and share experiences one to one

  • 11:30 AM
    Robots and rich media: How digital communication will change the role of IR post-Covid-19

    • Learn how to provide the right information for both your human and robot audiences
    • Engage, educate and inform the investment community through innovative use of multimedia
    • How to use your digital channels to increase your reach and win the attention of investors and analysts

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

  • 12:15 PM
    Interactive breakout sessions – Be part of the conversation

    Choose from one of three key themes and participate in a secure video chat with fellow IROs.

    The future of IR: This session will look ahead, exploring how the role of an IRO is changing and what career opportunities might look like in the coming months.

    Reporting and communications: Join this breakout session to share best practice around reporting, adapting your earnings calls and the importance of clear digital communications in the current environment.

    Investor targeting and engagement: What are you doing to identify and attract new investors? How are you engaging and building trust with current shareholders? Join this breakout session to share views on the changing face of targeting and engagement.

    Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine

  • 13:00 PM
    ESG views from across the investment chain

    • What impact are policies such as the EU Action Plan on Sustainable Finance and Shareholder Rights Directive II having on markets and your activities?
    • The Fink effect: How are you reporting forward-looking climate information such as TCFD and SASB standards?
    • How much should you be doing in this current economy? Learn which disclosures should be prioritized by understanding how the buy side uses ESG ratings and disclosures to inform decision-making

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

  • 14:00 PM
    Speed networking: Match with attendees and share experiences one to one

  • 14:15 PM
    What is the market saying right now? Live Q&A with investors and analysts

    • The view from the market: Get all your top questions answered by investors and analysts on this session

    • Gather intelligence from a variety of portfolio managers with different investment approaches to understand their expectations and needs in the current climate

    • What is the buy side’s view on the top issues of the day? What currently informs buy, sell and hold decisions?

    Moderator: Ben Ashwell, editor, IR Magazine
    Dr. Sebastian Raedler, Head of European equity strategy, BofA Securities
    Mark Troman, Managing director of research, BofA Securities

  • 15:15 PM
    Final thoughts

Previous Speakers

To inquire about speaking at the 2020 forum, please contact [email protected] or call +44 20 3865 8103


Who attends?

Attendees are leading IR practitioners from across Europe, many of whom have been recognised in our IR Magazine Awards over the years. Each participant is someone with an established track record and a strategic IR role within his or her company. Some of those who joined us in 2019 include:
Click here to request the full attendee list

Job title Company name Job title Company name
CFO Eland Oil and Gas Head of IR Dialog Semiconductor
Comms manager Eland Oil and Gas Head of IR IG Group
Corporate Communications Petra Diamonds Head of IR Rathbone Brothers
Director of Communications Ocado Head of IR RWE
Director of corporate access & broker relations Fidelity Investments Head of IR Severn Trent
Director of investor relations AstraZeneca Head of IR Silvair
Director of investor relations G4S Head of IR Worldline
Director of investor relations Johnson Matthey Head of IR Amundi
Director, IR Europe TechnipFMC Head of IR & corporate communications PSI Software
Director, London office Antofagasta Head of IR & rating agencies Rabobank
Divisional director, investor relations St. James’s Place Head of sustainability & public policy Britvic
Executive, investor relations WH Ireland Interim head of investor relations Go-Ahead
Financial communications officer Eutelsat International IR manager Cisco Systems
Fund manager CRUX Asset Management Investor relations Airbus
Global communication lead AC Immune Investor Relations Manager Solocal
Group finance director Midwich Investor relations manager Altia
Group head of corporate finance Vesuvius Investor relations manager Electrocomponents
Group investor relations director Tesco Investor relations manager Hays
Head of AGA investor relations Apax Global Alpha Investor relations manager Janus Henderson Group
Head of capital markets En+ Investor relations manager Meliá Hotels International
Head of communications Genel Energy Investor relations manager Solocal
Head of corporate affairs Spectris IR analyst JLT Group
Head of global equities Sarasin & Partners IR director Mccarthy and Stone
Head of investor relations 4D pharma IR director MTS
Head of investor relations Aperam IR global director AB InBev
Head of investor relations CME Group (NEX) IR manager Asa International
Head of investor relations En+ IR manager Monbat
Head of investor relations Inmarsat IR officer Telefónica
Head of investor relations Kambi Group IRO MOL Group
Head of investor relations Phoenix Group IRO Suez
Head of investor relations QIWI Manager, investor relations WH Ireland
Head of investor relations ReAssure Senior investor relations manager BT Group
Head of investor relations Schneider Electric Senior investor relations manager Volkswagen
Head of investor relations SEGRO Senior Investor Relations Officer Royal Dutch Shell plc
Head of investor relations Serco Group Senior investor relations officer Royal Dutch Shell
Head of investor relations SigmaRoc Senior IR manager CRH
Head of investor relations Smith & Nephew Senior IR manager Foresight
Head of investor relations Spire Healthcare Senior IRO Imperial Brands
Head of Investor Relations Nordea Senior VP of IR and communications Altagas
Head of investor relations Aegon VP corporate affairs Savannah Petroleum
Head of Investor Relations Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits VP of investor relations Genfit
Head of IR Admiral

 

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

Partners

Partnership opportunities

Our events provide a unique opportunity to get in front of some of the most influential people in the European IR community. 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 IR 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

To find out more about the benefits of partnering and the various packages available, email Sébastien Dutrieu or call on +44 77315 33165.

 

Request log in details

This event is exclusively for senior, in-house corporate IROs. To register for this year’s virtual event, please fill in the form below and if you are eligible, we will send you the log in details to join online. If you have any questions or require any assistance with registering for the think tank, please contact Priscilla Lim on +44 020 8004 4989.

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