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Top 5 trends to impact IROs
Breakfast Roundtable

Thursday, September 12, 2019

The Grand Hotel, Oslo, Norway

About the breakfast roundtable

This year has been one of tremendous change for the EU. Changes in regulations and structural shifts have had an impact on investor sentiment and decision-making, which in turn has had a huge impact on IR programs.

At this breakfast roundtable, we bring together heads of IR and experts to assess how these changes are impacting IR programs and what heads of IR can do to strengthen their team in the coming months.

The five trends we will discuss in-depth are: Shareholder activism, Mifid II, ESG investing, alternative data, targeting.

How do our roundtable discussions work?

It 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.

It is far removed from the traditional conference or briefing set-up as the event consists of roundtable discussions on select IR issues. Industry experts, top-rated IROs and members of the investment community share their thoughts on session topics. Small groups of IROs discuss these issues face to face. Each table gives feedback from its own discussion and shares ideas with the group as a whole – all while enjoying a fantastic breakfast at the Grand Hotel Oslo.


  • 08:15 AM
    Registration and networking

  • 09:00 AM
    Welcome and introductions

  • 09:10 AM
    Roundtable discussions: Click for details

    The five trends we will discuss in-depth with heads of IR and experts are listed below.

    Shareholder activism: Activism is on the rise in Europe and the approach of activist investors is changing. We’ll discuss the latest methods used to predict and prepare for a potential activist threat, how to respond publicly and how to upgrade your defenses to prevent an activist attack.

    Mifid II: IROs have taken center stage with increased workloads following the implementation of Mifid II regulations and heightened uncertainty driving continued caution from investors. What’s changed in the corporate access and research landscape since Mifid II came into play and what can IROs do to take control of the schedule?

    ESG investing: We will discuss how to identify the ESG-guided actions of institutional funds as many more mainstream investors integrate ESG into their investment process. We will look at ways of understanding how ESG investors and rating agencies use data, and whether additional disclosure could improve demand for your equity.

    Alternative data: We have seen a sharp increase in the number of ETFs and passive investment globally. As the sheer volume of potential data points being used grows and algorithms get increasingly sophisticated, IROs will need to become a lot savvier about leveraging alternative data for their own targeting strategies. Can artificial intelligence help you foresee volatility caused by index rebalancing? What would you do with an early warning system?

    Targeting: With IR teams getting increasingly busy, where should you focus your targeting efforts in 2020? What are the different approaches to discovering and then targeting new investors to increase your global investor base? In this section, we’ll discuss efficient approaches to shareholder analysis, finding the right portfolio managers and then how to get them interested in your company.

  • 10:45 AM
    Summary and action points

  • 11:00 AM
    End of event

In association with

We’re pleased to be partnering with Q4 to make this event possible. Q4 is a global leader in cloud-based investor relations and capital market solutions. Thousands of brands around the world use Q4 website, webcasting, CRM, analytics and shareholder analytics solutions to better connect with their investors and understand the capital markets.

In June 2016, Q4 launched Q4 Desktop, the industry’s first fully integrated investor relations platform, which integrates communications tools, surveillance and analytics into a fully featured IR workflow and CRM application. Q4 has offices in New York, Chicago, Toronto, Copenhagen, and London.

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Venue and location

Grand Hotel Oslo
Karl Johans gate 31
NO-0159 Oslo

Request an invite

This event is exclusively for corporate in-house IROs. To request your free invite for this event, please fill in the form below and if you are eligible, we will send you a confirmation along with detailed information. If you have any questions or require any assistance, please contact Priscilla Lim at [email protected] or on +44 020 8004 4989.


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