AGM update from David Walker, Chair of the IR Society
In late June as usual we held our AGM, albeit in a very different format given the constraints placed on physical meetings. I’m sure many of you have had similar experiences with your own company AGMs and results – it’ll be really interesting to see how the format of these events changes post-COVID. Will we go back to physical meetings again or will virtual gatherings become common place? Certainly from our perspective at British Land, having delivered our full year results in mid-May and conducted an investor roadshow over the last few weeks, we’ve missed the in-person interaction. Body language, reading the room, understanding different people’s response to your messages, knowing when to stop talking; however you look at it, this is a fundamental part of what we all do – let’s hope we’re back to more normality as soon as possible.
Save the Date! IR Society Virtual Annual Conference – Tuesday 29th September, 2020
In the IR Society’s 40th year, and as companies navigate through these incredibly turbulent and uncertain times, we celebrate the pivotal and increasingly strategic role that IR plays within organisations and how it will be influenced by the current crisis. Alongside keynote addresses, our sessions will look at key themes and mega trends, ESG and stewardship and how to shape your IR programme in a post-COVID world.
It’s not binary: acceleration of the trend to digital
These extraordinary times are also proving exceptionally busy for IR. Looking across all corporates on the ingage platform, which includes some 15% of FTSE 100 companies, the total number of investor engagements actually grew by 1.5% year-on-year in March 2020 - but with 55% of those meetings conducted remotely compared to 18% in the same period last year.
FCA, FRC and PRA joint statement on Covid-19 – Our summary
The FCA, FRC and PRA announced on 26 March 2020 a series of actions in a joint statement to ensure that information continues to flow to investors and to support the continued functioning of the UK’s capital markets.
The IR Society is closely monitoring developments and government advice around the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Maintaining the safety of our employees and members is our highest priority, alongside our ability to continue supporting your needs with a minimal level of disruption during this period of uncertainty. As such we have implemented the following near-term preventative measures to ensure business continuity
Key takeaways from The IR Society Breakfast: Activism
We were delighted to be hosted by Georgeson on Wednesday this week for a breakfast panel and Q&A session on Activism. The event was moderated by Anthony Kluk, Head of the Nordic region at Georgeson, with Nick de Bunsen, Director at Teneo, and Michael Henson, an independent investor relations consultant, contributing to an active and informative discussion as guest speakers. Key takeaways were as follows:
The IR Society and ARIR announce a new collaboration on IR training and certification
The UK Investor Relations Society (IR Society) and the Romanian Investor Relations Association (ARIR) are delighted to announce an exclusive collaboration.
IR Society Best Practice Awards 2018: Celebrating companies leading in Investor Relations
At Tuesday night’s annual Investor Relations Society Best Practice Awards, the IR Society gathered together with over 500 professionals from across the capital markets to recognise the companies leading the way in engaging with the capital markets, demonstrating trust, and strengthening corporate reputation through Investor Relations.
Making sense of MiFID II: An interview with Laura Hayter
Laura Hayter of the IR Society offers some practical advice on how companies can make sense of MiFID II
Industry News 7 December, 2017
Exane BNP Paribas publishes MiFID II Survey Report
We are delighted to share Exane BNP Paribas' latest MiFID II survey report published in partnership with the European IR Societies.
Industry News 3 April, 2017
HKIRA 3rd Investor Relations Awards
As a supporter of the Hong Kong Investor Relations Association's 3rd IR Awards, we encourage all members in the investment community to vote in the Awards to recognise ans reward IR best practice. This is an annual campaign, and aims to serve as the industry benchmark for excellence in IR for the companies listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong.