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Jun 30, 2015

Novo Nordisk takes top spot to end BASF reign at IR Magazine Awards – Europe 2015

Global healthcare firm takes home five awards and claims pole position

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It was all change at the top of the Euro Top 100 last night as Novo Nordisk won the grand prix for best overall investor relations (large cap) and snatched first place in the rankings from BASF, winner in four out of the last five years. 

The grand prix for best overall investor relations (mid-cap) went to Sligro Food Group, while sustainability tech firm Abengoa claimed the grand prix for best overall investor relations in the small-cap category.

Winning the best investor relations officer awards were Rolf Woller from Continental in the large-cap category and Rui Antunes from EDP Renováveis among the small and mid-caps. Continental claimed the best in sector award in the consumer discretionary category, too, while the C-suite at EDP Renováveis also received a further nod, winning the award for best IR by a senior management team (small & mid-cap). In a Portuguese sweep, the equivalent award for a large-cap company went to EDP – Energias de Portugal.

As well as the coveted grand prix, Danish pharmaceuticals company Novo Nordisk claimed four other awards including best financial reporting and best sustainability practice as well as the healthcare sector gong and the regional award for Northern Europe.

And while BASF dropped to second place in the Euro Top 100, the world’s largest chemicals producer still took home four awards at last night’s art deco event, held at the TROXY in London. In addition to the regional award for Germany and first place in the materials sector, BASF won the best investor meetings and best corporate governance gongs.

Iberdrola, which completes the top three, also took home three awards: best use of technology, best in sector in the utilities category and the regional award for Southern Europe.

Other winners on the night included Merck, for most progress in IR, TSB for best IR for an IPO and fragrances and flavorings company Symrise, which won the best IR during a corporate transaction award for its €1.3 bn ($1.5 bn) acquisition of Diana Group in July 2014.

The 1920s speakeasy-themed event was hosted by broadcaster and journalist Jeremy Vine, and followed the IR Magazine Think Tank ‒ Euro Leaders. This invitation-only event kicked off with a buy side and sell side panel talking corporate access and research changes, followed by discussions on how to engage shareholders on sustainable value, what’s next on the IR career ladder and a series of new speed discussions. 

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Garnet Roach

An award-winning journalist, Garnet Roach joined IR Magazine in October 2012, working on both the editorial and research sides of the publication. Prior to entering the world of investor relations, her freelance career covered a broad range of...