IR Magazine

IR Magazine Forum & Awards
Greater China

Thursday, December 10, 2020

This event will be held virtually, timings are to be confirmed

About the event

For the past three decades, IR Magazine has honored excellence in investor relations around the world. For the first time, we will be holding this event in a virtual setting to ensure we continue recognizing and helping further IR best practice. Last year’s event in Hong Kong attracted over 180 senior IR professionals – this internationally renowned event looks at the very best the IR community has to offer through our forum and awards. This year we expect to to attract an even larger audience given the flexibility of the virtual environment.

OUR FORUM: The event kicks off with a forum where investors, analysts and heads of IR from small, mid and large cap companies come together to discuss key issues relating to investor relations, corporate governance, shareholder needs and the role of senior management in IR.

OUR AWARDS: The forum sessions are followed by our awards ceremony. We present two types of awards categories – researched and nominated – both celebrating the success of those individuals and companies that are leading the way in IR across Greater China.

For our researched categories, companies do not submit nominations. Instead, hundreds of analysts and investors cast their votes and give their opinions on which companies do the best IR in the region. In our nominated categories, companies have the opportunity to submit a written entry, free of charge, for aspects of IR that complement our researched categories. More information on the categories and how the winners are chosen can be found below.

 


AN INTERACTIVE, VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE

In light of the situation surrounding Covid-19 and putting the safety of our attendees first, the IR Magazine Forum and Awards – Greater China will take place as a virtual experience.

Using the latest cutting edge technology available, our virtual event platform closely replicates being there in person with the chance to interact with speakers and have one-to-one networking in-between panel talks.

Going virtual connects our attendees to even more attendees, from the comfort of their desk.

2019 Agenda

Click on each session below to view details or click here to view as PDF

2019 Speakers

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


The Awards:
Awards-by-nomination categories

Our awards-by-nomination categories differ from our traditional researched categories, as individuals and companies are given the opportunity to submit written entries, free of charge, to be put forward to a panel of expert judges made up of investment professionals and IR Magazine editorial members.

ENTRY FORM CLOSED

The 2020 nomination process is now over and we are no longer accepting submissions.

Should you have any questions about this year's nomination process, please contact Lauren Wilson at [email protected] or call +44 20 8004 5339

Please note that categories are subject to change based on the final number of entries received. Some categories may be split by market cap.

View the full list of 2019 winners here

 

Best annual report

Best annual report

Are shareholders and analysts raving about the quality of your annual print or online report? Give us your vision of good reporting practice. Judges will be looking for a well-articulated equity story, ease of flow or navigation, state-of-the-art design and consistency/complementarity between different reports.

Best crisis management

Best crisis management

Have you recently dealt with an unexpected event threatening your company's business or reputation? Tell us about your ‘crisis ready’ plan, the strategy you implemented when the storm hit, and how the IR team’s actions successfully protected or restored shareholder value.

Best ESG materiality reporting

Best ESG materiality reporting

Investors are increasingly looking to determine the material ESG risks and opportunities for companies. But the range of data and inconsistency of reporting can make it difficult to get a full picture. This award recognizes the achievement of companies that produce clear investor-facing communications about ESG issues that are material to their business.

Best investor event

Best investor event

Did you hold a capital markets day, site visit or other investor event that made your company stand out from the crowd? Tell us how you came up with an original initiative, the way you managed its organization, and how your audience’s expectations were met; audience feedback is also welcome.

Best IR during a corporate transaction

Best IR during a corporate transaction

How did your IR team go above and beyond to support a recent corporate transaction? Let us know the details. We’ll be looking at the IR team’s involvement in crafting/releasing the messaging for the financial markets and how it organized outreach and dialogue to gain approval from key shareholders.

Best IR website

Best IR website

The IR website is the first point of contact for an IRO’s audience. We want to hear from companies that have developed a best-in-class website displaying top-notch customer experience, engaging content that meets analysts’ and investors’ needs, and multiplatform access.

Best use of multimedia for IR

Best use of multimedia for IR

Are you a tech-savvy IRO always looking out for cutting-edge technological solutions for IR? Describe the innovative ways you have incorporated video, audio, infographics or webcasts into your IR program. Judges will be looking for evidence of heightened investor and analyst engagement via these channels.

Rising star

Rising star

This award seeks to honor individuals who bring fresh thinking and a unique approach to the profession. This category is open to anyone who has been working in IR for less than 5 years.

The full 2020 judging panel will be announced shortly.

The judging process is made up of three simple phases

Phase one: The IR Magazine editorial team reviews the entries and produces the shortlist.

Phase two: The short listed entries are shared with an independent judging panel of industry experts. The judges review each short listed entry and select their top two picks.

Phase three: The judges come together for a discussion to select the winners.

The judges’ votes are not made public, but their comments may be published in articles or reports after the event

Paul Milon

ESG specialist, Asia Pacific, BNP Paribas Asset Management

William Tsang

Head of research, Chartwell Capital

Gabriel Wilson-Otto

Head of stewardship, Asia Pacific, BNP Paribas Asset Management

Past attendees say

"We all thought it went fantastically well; great content/speakers, fantastic chair and smooth logistics. It was a very impressive bunch of IR folks to gather in one room."

Andrews Partnership

"A wonderful event to networking with the best. I love panel sessions with fresh topics and professional insights. Great work for the IR Magazine team."

BizLink Holding Inc.

"Topics relevant and well-organized"

Yum China

"The event was very informative and helpful."

Lite-on Technology

"It was an excellent event! We met lots of friends - our industry partners, IR friends from other companies and some of our service providers. Experts from Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan gathered together to exchange experiences, discussed current trends of IR work and future anticipation. We also learned a lot from the high-quality forum. We're looking forward to attending this event again next year."

Anton Oilfield Services Group

"It was a very good forum where I could share real experiences and practical advice from the panel speakers."

Dah Chong Hong

"A magnificent IR event for networking and learning updates of IR and insight from the peers."

Lenovo

"Well organized and well attended"

Euroland

The Awards:
Awards-by-research categories

Our awards-by-research nominees are determined by the input of hundreds of analysts and portfolio managers, who vote for the companies, IROs and senior management who provide them with the best IR service across Greater China.

For more information about the 2020 research process and timeline, please contact [email protected].

View the full list of 2019 winners here

Best overall investor relations

Best overall investor relations

This category covers companies that have most impressed the investment community with their overall IR program.

Best investor relations officer

Best investor relations officer

This category is for individual IROs whose knowledge of their company and sector and whose ability to build relationships with members of the investment community and to be transparent, accessible and responsive, sets them apart.

Best IR by a senior management team

Best IR by a senior management team

Best in region: China

Best in region: China

Best in region: Hong Kong

Best in region: Hong Kong

Best in region: Taiwan

Best in region: Taiwan

Best in sector: communications

Best in sector: communications

Best in sector: consumer

Best in sector: consumer

Best in sector: energy, industrials, materials & utilities

Best in sector: energy, industrials, materials & utilities

Best in sector: financials (including real estate)

Best in sector: financials (including real estate)

Best in sector: technology

Best in sector: technology

Our awards by research are different from most others and also from our awards by nomination: for our awards by research, companies do not submit nominations. The winners are identified by in-depth research and any publicly traded company is eligible to be considered. This survey is the only one of its kind to go directly to the investment community, canvassing the opinions of the people who matter to you most.

May-July: Online survey
IR Magazine has been building investment community databases over the past 30 years. As part of the updating process, listed companies are contacted every year for details of the professionals who currently cover their stock. IR Magazine then conducts an electronic survey of buy-side and sell-side analysts and portfolio managers. Each survey respondent is asked to nominate and rank up to five companies in a host of different research categories, from best IRO to best reporting.

September-October: Results analysis & short lists announced
Analysis of the results begins once the survey stage of the research is complete. Points are allocated to each company depending on how frequently it is nominated. The companies with the highest point scores in each individual awards category make the short list for that award. The top company will go on to win the award. Best-in-region awards are determined by the highest aggregate scores across all research categories.

The IR Magazine awards team receives the results and contacts all short-listed companies to give them the good news. The short lists are then published to the entire IR community a month before the event.

December: Winners announced
This year’s winners will be announced at our virtual awards ceremony, attended by the leading lights of the Asian investor relations community.

January: Report published
After the event the Investor Perception Study – Asia report will be made available to professional subscribers to IR Magazine. This report will profile the top ranked companies and reveal information on how they conduct their IR activities and why investors voted for them.

For further information on this year’s investor survey, please contact [email protected] or call +44 20 3950 0587.

 

Who attends?

Attendees at this event are leading IR practitioners from across the Greater China region. 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:

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Job title Company Job title Company
ASVP – investor relations Galaxy Entertainment Investor relations director Tencent Holdings
Chief financial officer 361 Degrees International Investor relations director Yue Yuen Industrial (Holdings)
Chief financial officer Kerry Logistics Network IR director ENN Energy
Chief financial officer and company secretary Far East Consortium International Managing director, head of corporate finance/investor relations Alibaba Pictures Group
Deputy chief representative, Hong Kong and deputy director, investor relations PetroChina Company Senior director Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Director – corporate communications & investor relations Sa Sa International Holdings Senior director – corporate & marketing communication Kerry Properties
Director – investor relations CLP Holdings Senior director – investor relations Yum China
Director of investor relations AIA Group Senior director of IR/PR LITE-ON Technology
Director of investor relations China Telecom Senior IR & PR manager of investor relations department China Resources Beer (Holdings) Company
Director, investor relations China Unicom (Hong Kong) Senior IR director NetDragon Websoft (Hong Kong)
Group managing director, capital markets and investor relations ESR Group Senior IR director WuXi Biologics (Cayman)
Head of capital markets department Agile Group Holdings Senior vice president Christensen IR
Head of IR KunLun Energy Company Vice president Citic Telecom International Holdings
Investor relations director ANTA Sports Products Vice president Lenovo Group
Investor relations director JNBY Design

Become a partner

Why partner with us?

The Greater China Forum & Awards brings together some of the most influential people in the IR community. Our audience recognize 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. This event 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
– Exposure as the market leader in your chosen area by sponsoring the awards that best reflect your area of expertise

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.

Partners

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If you require any assistance with your booking, please contact [email protected] or on +44 20 8004 4989.

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