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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.

 

Session replays from the virtual think tank will be available to view shortly.

 

A virtual experience

 

The situation surrounding Covid-19 meant that the Europe Think Tank took 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. The event was invite only and exclusively for heads of IR.

 

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 impact of Covid-19 on M&A, Shareholder Activism and ESG: The events of 2020 have been beneficial for some issuers and caused significant challenges for others. This session explores how the disruption of Covid-19 coupled with a re-assessment of balance sheets is likely to offer new and attractive opportunities to shareholder activists, and looks to explore what it is that you can do to prepare yourself and your company.

    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.

    Mikhail Alexandrovich Borovikov, Deputy Director of the Investment Community Department, Nornickel
    Chris Hollis, Head of investor relations, LVMH
    Harald Kinzler, Partner, Kekst CNC
    Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine
    Jan Willem Weidemer, Head of investor relations, Aegon
    Muge Yucel, Head of investor relations, Dogus Otomotiv

  • 10:30 AM
    Your guide to managing roadshows and corporate access in the virtual world

    • 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 and targeting change following the Covid-19 crisis?
    • What can you do to manage your investor targeting and engagements digitally?

    Moderator: Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine
    Sergio Gámez Martínez, Global head of shareholder and investor relations, Banco Santander
    Martin Railton, Head of advisory EMEA, IHS Markit
    Hugo Sanders, Managing director and director of corporate access and research services, Wellington management

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

  • 11:30 AM
    How to improve your digital IR strategy in a post-Covid19 environment

    • Understand how changes to equity markets, IR budgets and travel schedules caused by the pandemic impact digital IR communications
    • 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
    Charles Chalky, Investor relations, Hays
    Hanna-Maria Heikennen, Head of investor relations, Cargotec

  • 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 impact of Covid-19 on M&A, Shareholder Activism and ESG: The events of 2020 have been beneficial for some issuers and caused significant challenges for others. This session explores how the disruption of Covid-19 coupled with a re-assessment of balance sheets is likely to offer new and attractive opportunities to shareholder activists, and looks to explore what it is that you can do to prepare yourself and your company.

    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
    Harald Kinzler, Partner, Kekst CNC

  • 13:00 PM
    How are views on ESG changing in 2020 and beyond?

    • Understand which ESG factors are receiving increased attention as a result of the current economic and social environment
    • What impact are policies having on markets and your ESG 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
    Camilla Ayling, Equity analyst, Legal & General Investment Management
    Amit Bhalla, Head of investor relations, Schneider Electric
    Daniëlle Essink, Engagement specialist, Robeco

  • 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 the buyside and the sell side and understand their expectations and needs in the current climate
    • How are the markets viewing the top issues of the day? What currently informs buy, sell and hold decisions?

    Moderator: Ben Ashwell, editor, IR Magazine
    Heinrich Ey, Co-CIO for German and European mid/small caps, Allianz Global Investors
    Dr. Sebastian Raedler, Head of European equity strategy, BofA Securities
    Mark Troman, Managing director and deputy head of EMEA equity research, BofA Securities

  • 15:15 PM
    Final thoughts

Speakers

Hear from these expert speakers


Who attended?

 

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. This year we had heads of IR joining us from:
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Adler Real Estate Countryside Properties Inmarsat PSI Software
Advanced oncotherapy Credit Suisse INVISIO PwC
AJ Bell CRH IQE Rabobank
ALD CRISPR Therapeutics J Sainsbury Royal Dutch Shell
Almirall Criteo S.A. Japan Tobacco Royal Mail
Anglo Pacific Group CTT Koç Holding RPS
Antofagasta Deutsche Post DHL Group Laboratorios Farmacéuticos ROVI Santander UK
Aperam Dogus Otomotiv Lamprell SAZKA Group
Applegreen DWS Group LANXESS Schneider Electric
Arcelormittal Electrocomponents Lloyds Banking Group SEGRO
AS Tallink Grupp Elia LVMH Serco
Ascential En+ Group Maire Tecnimont Shell
ASM International Enerjisa Enerji McCarthy & Stone Shurgard
ASML EnQuest Metro Sibanye-Stillwater
Atresmedia eurofins Mithra Parmaceuticals Smith+Nephew
Ayala Corporation Experian Mitie Group Societe generale
BAE Systems Fingerprint Cards MOL Spectris
Balfour Beatty Fresnillo Moscow Exchange Standard Life Aberdeen
BANCO BPM G4S NagaCorp Subsea 7
Barry Callebaut Galp Naturgy Telefónica Deutschland
BASF Gam investments Nedbank Tesco
BelIR GarantiBBVA Nestle Tikehau Capital
Bluestep Bank Greencore Group Nexans Trium Capital
BofA Securities Grit real estate Nexi Umicore
Caverion Corporation Halma Nexity Unicredit
Cellnex Hammerson Nord Anglia Education Unipol
Cembra HarbourVest Global Private Equity Ocado Group Vattenfall
CEZ Group HeidelbergCement Össur Vestel Elektronik
CHANCEN eG Howden Joinery Group Partners Group Wendel
Chr. Hansen HSBC Pets at Home Group WSP
Cisco Ibstock Pharmaessentia YouGov
CNP Assurances IG Group Photon Energy Zalando
Coloplast IHS Markit Polymetal Zooplus
Conzzeta ING Bank Śląski Poste Italiane Zurich Insurance Group

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

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Why partner with us?

Our think tanks bring together some of the most influential people in the IR community. Our audience recognise the sudden change of pace cannot be navigated alone and are constantly looking for partners to help shape their shareholder engagement strategy and execute it. The think tank provides partners an opportunity to position yourself as a critical partner to the community.

The unique buzz we create at our virtual events – which is a far cry from a traditional webinar – afford our partners exceptional opportunities to entertain visitors and show-case their expertise.

Becoming a partner means you will:

– Have the opportunity to support attendees at an event where they are looking for solutions
– Position yourself as a thought-leader and share expertise with your potential clients
– Get virtual face-time with senior decision-makers from the IR community
– Increase brand awareness and gain credibility through association with this timely event
– Generate qualified and targeted leads from the analytics provided by our virtual platform
– Be part of the community by participating in virtual roundtable discussions, understanding their challenges and sharing expertise
– Gain new business opportunities through higher-brand presence among potential clients
– Participate in one on one video chats to build relationships with new and existing customers
– Launch new products and solutions at our virtual event in your expo booth

All our partnerships are created using a mix of branding, thought leadership, lead generation and meetings with your target audience. You tell us your objectives and we will work with you to create you a package that’s makes sense for your company and will help you achieve those objectives.

To find out more about how we can help, contact  Sébastien Dutrieu or call on +44 77315 33165.

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