Sell side Archive

May 29, 2020
The week in IR: Reopenings, bailouts and an ESG warning
Markets The trading floor of the NYSE reopened following a two-month closure, reported the BBC. Under strict rules, just a quarter of the normal number of traders can come to the exchange. They must also wear masks, follow social distancing rules and avoid commuting on public transport.  Euronext, the pan-European exchange operator, announced that it will close its regulated exchange b...
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Apr 02, 2020
Reflections on the transition from Wall Street to investor relations
As a former sell-side analyst who transitioned to investor relations, I often get asked about the friction points in transitioning to investor relations. A couple of areas come to mind revolving around the difference in compensation and work-life balance. Transitioning from the sell side to investor relations ultimately means compensation becomes a function of tenure rather than merit – but the work-life balance can improve considerably. Wall Street is a demanding...
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Dec 02, 2019
IR Magazine Winter 2019
A light in the dark I recently spoke to Jim Toes, CEO of the Security Traders Association, about how the unprecedented number of issuer letters sent to the SEC about the access-fee pilot last year could be a sign that IR teams are getting more up to speed on market structure issues. He cited the increase in trading activity on dark pools as another issue IR teams need to be aware of. ‘Understanding where your stock is traded, why and b...
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Nov 25, 2019
Taking stock of Mifid II
It’s a good time to take stock of Mifid II – almost two years since its launch, we’re beginning to get a clearer picture of the changes it has prompted. ‘The prophecies of Mifid II bringing doom and disaster have proven to be untrue,’ Michael Hufton, managing director of ingage, tells IR Magazine. ‘Companies are not finding themselves unable to get coverage. Investors are not faced with a dearth of research.’ Instead, Hufton says, there...
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Oct 30, 2019
Goldman Sachs tops M&A adviser league table
Goldman Sachs has topped GlobalData’s Adviser League Table tracking mergers and acquisitions activity for the first three quarters of 2019. The firm was involved in 249 deals with a value of $982.3 bn, bettering second-placed JPMorgan (211 deals, $777.9 bn value) by more than $200 mn. Morgan Stanley rounds out the top three, with 182 deals with a deal value of $732.4 bn. Ravi Tokala, financial deals analyst at GlobalData, says mega-deals – deals with valu...
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Oct 16, 2019
UK companies see wider fall in analyst coverage than European peers, finds research
Following the arrival of Mifid II, UK companies are more likely to have lost analyst coverage than their European counterparts, according to new research. More than half of UK companies (52 percent) say the number of sell-side analysts covering them fell over the last year, reports Citigate Dewe Rogerson in its annual survey of IR professionals. By contrast, only 39 percent of non-UK European companies report a drop in coverage. UK issuers are also experienci...
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