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.


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

  • 08:15 AM
    Breakfast and registration

  • 09:00 AM
    Welcome and opening remarks

  • 09:10 AM
    An economic forecast and the potential impact on investors’ valuation assumptions

    • How is the economy likely to change over the next six to 12 months?
    • What factors are impacting the size and scale of Covid-19’s impact on business and markets?
    • How soon will the economy bounce back?
    • Hear the key points on changes in investor sentiment and investment fund flows

  • 09:30 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 and what are the best ways to reach growth and long-horizon investors?
    • As more buy-side firms build out their corporate access teams, learn how buy-side corporate access teams work with IR and the sell side, and the best way to navigate different approaches
    • How will the nature of roadshows change after the disruption of the Covid-19 crisis?

  • 10:15 AM
    Refreshment break

  • 10:45 AM
    Robots and rich media: How digital communication will change the role of IR

    • 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 on your website
    • Find out how to increase your reach and win the competition for investor and analyst attention with innovative use of your digital media channels

  • 11:00 AM
    The Exchange: Quickfire roundtable discussions

    • Updating your IR policy to reflect the trends in company-shareholder relations
    • Developing your targeting plan; How to adapt to different types of investors
    • Top tips for reporting success: How to make the reporting process efficient, cost-effective and informative
    • How to measure the success of IR in volatile times: What are the metrics that really matter to management?
    • How to develop a really strong equity story
    • Getting sales force briefings right: How to ensure your brokers are well informed about your company
    • Building the role of IR in company governance practices
    • How to run a great capital markets day
    • The role of AI in investor communications
    • Developing and maintaining your crisis communications plan
    • Career development and investor relations
    • Ask the analyst: Q&A with the sell side

  • 12:00 PM
    ESG views from across the investment chain

    • What are the pressures being put on companies, investors and pension trustees driving ESG reporting?
    • What impact are policies such as the EU Action Plan on Sustainable Finance and Shareholders Rights Directive II having on markets and your activities?
    • The Fink effect: How are you implementing the standards recommended by the Task Force for Climate-related Financial Disclosures and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board on forward-looking climate information into your work?
    • How much should you be doing? Learn which disclosures should be prioritized by understanding how the buy side uses ESG ratings and disclosures to inform its decision-making
    • Discover how to measure and articulate the link between culture and the sustainability of your business model

  • 12:45 PM
    Table discussions on ESG integration best practice

  • 13:00 PM
    Lunch and networking

  • 14:00 PM
    Managing the relationship between IR and the board

    • Understand how the board perceives IR on a strategic level
    • How can you ensure the messages that non-executive directors and IR make in public are complementary?
    • How to raise the profile of investor relations at the board level and ensure the board understands the value of IR

  • 14:20 PM
    Table discussions on strategic IR

  • 14:40 PM
    Open Q&A with investors and analysts

    • Get all of your questions answered directly from top investors on any subject related to IR
    • Hear directly from the buy side about its views on the top issues of the day
    • Learn about different investment styles and how best to build a relationship with portfolio managers

  • 15:15 PM
    Final thoughts

  • 18:30 PM
    IR Magazine Awards - Europe

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.


Request an invite

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.

Covid-19 information

We are monitoring the situation surrounding the Covid-19 virus on a daily basis. Based on the current advice provided by the World Health Organization, we will be going ahead with hosting the events as planned. The well being of our attendees is paramount and we plan to take a number of precautions onsite to ensure a hygienic environment. If you have any further questions, please contact Priscilla Lim for more information.

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