Corporate access Archive

Feb 08, 2021
Three pillars: Inside Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp’s award-winning investor day
To coincide with the launch of its first ESG-focused report since 2013, Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp decided to hold its first ever sustainability day in November 2019 at its Oakville headquarters in Ontario, Canada. In the spirit of sustainability, the energy company encouraged attendees to arrive by public transport, as well as partnering with Tesla to provide shuttle services to and from the event and the nearby Oakville GO Transit station. Algonquin also...
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Feb 03, 2021
UDG Healthcare: The impact of Covid-19 on corporate access and digital IR
Working in IR during the Covid-19 pandemic has been challenging and unusual but hugely engaging, says Keith Byrne, head of IR, strategy and corporate communications at UDG Healthcare, in a best practice interview conducted ahead of the virtual IR Magazine Awards – Europe 2020. Over the last six months, one of the most effective means of communication with the market has been fireside chats, he says. UDG has always done such events, but the attendance levels during...
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Jan 21, 2021
The deepest bench: Inside Severn Trent’s award-winning investor event
Severn Trent Water held its award-winning investor event –a sustainability-led capital markets day held at the firm’s Coventry, UK headquarters in February 2020 – just before the UK went into its first lockdown. It was, said Richard Eadie, head of IR and sustainability at the water utility, something really new for the company. ‘Obviously you do the boilerplate capital markets days w...
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Jan 14, 2021
Robot surgery: Inside Medtronic’s award-winning investor event
By their very nature, one award-winning investor event should have little in common with another. What they should be is unique and memorable – and few could be as memorable as the one held by Medtronic, winner of the best investor event gong at the virtual IR Magazine Awards – US 2020. The firm had been working on a new robot surgery system in a bid to enter a market that Ryan Weispfenning, vice president and head of IR, tells IR Magazine was essential...
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Jan 06, 2021
Bank of America's year-round holistic shareholder engagement
At Bank of America, shareholder engagement is well established and supported across the executive and non-executive teams. For many governance teams, engagement is now a year-round activity, and it therefore helps to have such a broad team involved, including the company’s vice chair, chief human resources officer, global general counsel, head of investor relations, global ESG executive and corporate secretary. In addition, the company benefits from robust partici...
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Dec 18, 2020
‘I spent time planning new themes for non-deal roadshows’: Chinese companies take advantage of virtual outreach
The virtual IR environment is helping Chinese companies save travel costs, target new investors and conduct listing roadshows more efficiently, according to speakers at the IR Magazine Forum – Greater China 2020. But building personal connections and garnering investor feedback is more difficult, with virtual group meetings in particular lacking engagement.  Shirley Kwok, head of investor relations at ENN Energy, said the switch to virtual outreach had led to 30 ...
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Dec 17, 2020
Corporate access teams playing role in off-season engagement
As off-season shareholder engagement continues to rise, buy-side corporate access teams are stepping in to assist with the meetings – either formally or informally. For most issuers, there has been a sharp increase in investor meetings this year as the ease of virtual conferencing has played a part. This engagement has carried through to the off-season, when governance professionals and board directors tend to meet with the stewardship and responsible investment t...
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