IR Magazine


Thursday, June 18, 2020

BofA Securities, London

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.

*While the panel discussions may be quoted in editorial coverage of the event, all table discussions are confidential.


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.

2019 Agenda

At the 2019 Think Tank, we spoke with heads of IR from across Europe, and narrowed the agenda down into the five big questions facing IRO’s in 2019.

Click each session for details or view as PDF here

  • 08:15 AM
    Registration and breakfast

    Network with your colleagues, enjoy breakfast on us and get an early seat ready for the interactive discussions.

  • 08:50 AM
    Welcome to the forum

    A quick guide to the event, how the interactive roundtables work and the ‘rules of engagement.’

    Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine
    Mark Troman, deputy head of EMEA research, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

  • 09:00 AM
    Snapshot: Briefing on the macroeconomic and financial trends impacting European public companies

    A short and sharp economic briefing will set the scene for the day’s discussions. Take stock of where we are right now, where we could be heading and what it means for investor relations.

    • Stay updated on the scale of the potentially disruptive impact arising from Brexit and abrupt fiscal tightening in the US
    • Understand forecasts for GDP growth, oil prices, interest rates and how these factors will impact economic sentiment
    • Learn how companies should be adapting their message to keep it in line with these macro changes

    Moderator: Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine
    Evelyn Herrmann, director and economist for Europe, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

  • 09:20 AM
    What can I do to improve coverage and exposure while research spends are reducing?

    A recent CFA institute survey found that research budgets fell 8 percent for firms across the European Union following the introduction of Mifid II rules. We discuss the practical things you can do to remain competitive in the new environment.

    • What is the best strategy to maintain visibility and coverage in a post-Mifid II environment?
    • Should investor relations teams become more independent of broker research? What are the opportunities, costs and risks from this change in mindset?
    • How can you help analysts stay engaged and informed given the number of companies they need to cover?

    Moderator: David Lloyd-Seed, chair, The IR Society
    Rodney Alfvén, head of investor relations, Nordea
    Sarah Dees, head of investor relations, Sound Energy
    Mark Troman, deputy head of EMEA research, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

  • 10:00 AM
    Refreshment break and networking

  • 10:20 AM
    What does an increased investor focus on ESG & thematic research mean for public companies?

    How do you know which ESG funds are relevant to your company, and how do you ensure your company is visible to these pools of capital?

    • How can you find out about which thematic investors and ESG funds would be relevant for your company?
    • What resources are both funds using to analyze issuers on long-term factors?
    • To what extent do ESG disclosures translate into investment and voting decisions, and what can you do to stand out from the crowd?
    • How can you craft your investment message around these themes?

    Moderator: Suniti Chauhan, partner, Tulchan Communications
    Janet Craig, senior vice president of investor relations and communications, AltaGas
    Haim Israel, MD, global strategist and head of global thematic research, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
    Jason Mitchell, co-head of responsible investment, Man Group

  • 11:20 AM
    Should IR focus targeting activities on meeting new investors, or better servicing existing investors?

    A good IR program will provide an appropriate level of service to shareholders while finding other funds that are a good fit for your company. But how can you get the balance right between finding new investors and keeping current shareholders informed?

    • How will the role of buy-side corporate access teams evolve? Will they be enablers or gatekeepers? Does this affect your current relationship with the buy side and/or your targeting approach?
    • What different pools of capital are out there, and how can IR teams better access them?
    • How do you decide who your management team should meet in order to have the biggest impact?
    • How can you best evaluate your targeting activities, and should targeting metrics be linked to remuneration for an IR officer?

    Moderator: Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine
    Lorna Davie, director of investor relations, Credit Suisse
    Victoria Redgrave, director of corporate and broker relations, Fidelity
    Michael Roper, director of partnerships and advisory solutions for EMEA & APAC, IHS Markit

  • 12:20 PM
    Networking lunch

    Socialize with your peers and refuel, ready for the 2nd half of discussions.

  • 13:20 PM
    The Exchange: How are teams changing their IR practices?

    Exchange information and ideas with your IR peers in this highly interactive session.

    How the exchange works:

    • Choose three of the following topics – the power is in your hands!
    • Join the relevant roundtable and discuss with your peers
    • When the bell rings, move on to your next table and repeat!
    • At the end of the session, hear a roundup from all the leaders of lessons learned so you can apply these when you return to the office

    Roundtable topics and leaders include:

    Governance – Managing a wider stakeholder group that includes the media, activists and proxy advisers
    Gunhild Grieve, Head of investor relations, RWE
    How are changes to corporate access impacting expectations of US investors?
    Alex Gleeson, EMEA corporate access, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
    Financial reporting guidelines update and earnings call best practices
    Eduardo Garcia, Investor relations manager, Melia
    Targeting – Broker selection and getting maximum benefit from roadshows and investor days
    Jan Willem Weidema, Head of investor relations, Aegon
    Career development and opportunities for European investor relations officers
    Debbie Nathan, Director, Carter Murray
    The essential IR toolkit for the busier IRO with limited resources
    Viviane Joynes, Managing Director, EQS
    The investment story: Ensuring consistency and accuracy across financial communications
    Daniel Redman, content and strategy director, Design Portfolio
  • 14:30 PM
    Q&A with the buy side: How are investor expectations evolving?

    Capital markets are becoming more global, active money continues to flow into passive funds and recent regulatory changes impact companies and shareholders alike. We ask portfolio managers and analysts how these trends impact them, and how that changes their expectations of investor relations teams.

    • Learn directly from investors how the capital markets are changing and what it means for investor expectations of public companies
    • Gain insight into how analysts build their models and learn how you can better communicate certain factors of your equity story and provide the most useful data
    • Learn how investors and analysts use technology and other sources outside of IR where they obtain information about company performance
    • Hear stories of good and bad IR practices that you can adopt or avoid

    Moderator: Eduardo Garcia, investor relations manager, Meliá Hotels International
    Richard Penny, fund manager, CRUX Asset Management
    Jeremy Thomas, head of global equities, Sarasin & Partners

  • 15:30 PM
    Final remarks and conference concludes

    Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine

  • 18:30 PM
    The IR Magazine Awards – Europe 2019 gala dinner

    The IR Magazine Awards – Europe will take place on Thursday, June 20, 2019 to honor excellence in the investor relations profession. The IR Magazine Awards, now in their 29th year, will host the IR community from across Europe at 8 Northumberland Avenue in London.

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

Join our celebration in the evening

The internationally renowned IR Magazine Awards – Europe will take place on Thursday, June 18, 2020 to honor excellence in the investor relations profession. The prestigious ceremony, now in its 29th year, will host the best of the IR community from across Europe at 8 Northumberland Avenue in London.

Since the event first launched in 1990, tens of thousands of analysts and investors have voted in the surveys behind the awards. The result: vital benchmarking information on which companies do the best IR – many of whom speak at and attend the think tank.

Join us after the think tank at this glamorous event to continue networking with those that are consistently raising the bar and pushing the IR profession forward through innovation.

Venue and location

We are pleased to announced that the 2020 think tank will be held at:

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Financial Centre
2 King Edward Street

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.

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


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.



This event is exclusively for senior, in-house corporate IROs. 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 Priscilla Lim on +44 020 8004 4989.

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