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May 22, 2024

Iberdola leads the pack with six nominations ahead of the IR Magazine Awards – Europe 2024

Spanish energy company appears on several short lists ahead of London gala event

Spanish renewable energy firm Iberdrola is top of the class ahead of this year’s IR Magazine Awards – Europe 2024, with the IBEX-listed firm securing nominations across six categories.

The Bilbao-based company will contend one of the biggest awards on the evening – best overall investor relations (large cap) – along with ASML, Norsk Hydro, Novo Nordisk, Schneider Electric and UniCredit. Iberdrola has also been short-listed for best ESG reporting (large cap), best IR during a corporate transaction, best IR website (large cap), best retail IR strategy and best use of technology including AI.

Six companies have secured spots on three short lists each: the aforementioned Schneider Electric, Germany’s BASF, Dublin-based Kenmare Resources, Spain’s Banco Santander, Italian tire-maker Pirelli & C and British pharmaceuticals company GSK.

Elsewhere, Spanish firms CIE Automotive, Enagás, MERLIN Properties and Vidrala all appear on the short list for best overall investor relations (mid-cap), alongside Portugal’s Corticeira Amorim and Poland’s LPP.

The short list for best overall investor relations (small cap), meanwhile, features Akenerji Elektrik Uretim, CECONOMY, GFT Technologies, Grenergy Renovables, HomeToGo and SÜSS MicroTec.

For a full list of nominees, find out who is in the running to win an award here.

The award categories comprise two distinct types of recognition: first, awards by nomination, where individuals and companies are given the opportunity to submit written entries to be put forward to a panel of expert judges made up of industry experts. This year’s judging panel consists of:

  • Heinrich Ey, director and co-CIO for German and European mid/small caps, Allianz Global Investors
  • Simon Gleadhill, corporate reporting & IFRS technical controller, Howden Joinery Group
  • Dr Agnes Neher, head of responsible investment, Baloise Asset Management
  • René Nicolodi, head of equities and deputy head of asset management, Zürcher Kantonalbank
  • Madeleine Szeluch, investor relations ESG director, Novartis
  • Gervais Williams, head of equities, Premier Miton Investors
  • Laurie Havelock, editor, IR Magazine

Second, awards-by-research categories are determined by a wide-ranging survey of hundreds of analysts and portfolio managers, who give their opinions on which companies provide them with the best IR service in Europe.

The winners of the awards – the very best of the European IR world – will be celebrated at a black-tie gala dinner and awards ceremony at London’s De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms on Thursday, June 20.

This year’s ceremony will be overseen by Hal Cruttenden, one of the top touring stand-up comedians working in the UK and Ireland, as well as an accomplished writer, presenter and actor.

For more information about the evening itself and for details of how to secure one of the last few remaining tickets available to attend, check the IR Magazine event microsite here.

Earlier on the same day, the IR Magazine Think Tank – Europe will be held in person at Bank of America’s offices in London. This invitation-only event is free to attend and exclusively for senior IR practitioners. Participants will openly discuss – in confidence – the issues affecting the IR community, share ideas and best practices and network extensively.

For more information about the think tank, click here.

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Laurie Havelock

Laurie has been part of the IR Magazine team for more than a decade, starting out as a reporter and research editor before becoming editor in 2023. He was previously acting business editor at the i newspaper and deputy business editor at The Daily...