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Dec 10, 2019
Virtu Financial appoints new IR lead
Virtu Financial has appointed Deborah Belevan as its new senior vice president of investor relations and communications.  Belevan takes the reins from Andrew Smith, who has run the IR function since the company’s IPO in 2015. Smith will now focus on product development for the company.  The move sees Belevan, who joined Virtu Financial on November 25, reconnect with Alex Ioffe, who was hired as the company’s chief financial officer in September this yea...
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Dec 10, 2019
Sell-side veteran takes over IR at Canopy Growth
Canopy Growth, the world’s largest cannabis company by market capitalization, has announced the appointment of sell-side veteran Judy Hong as vice president of investor relations.  Hong most recently worked as managing director of the global investment research division at Goldman Sachs, where she covered the beverage and tobacco sectors. While Canopy is headquartered in Ontario, Canada, Hong is based in New York and reports directly to CFO Mike Lee. She w...
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Dec 10, 2019
Roadshow guide to Denver
Denver may have registered remarkable population growth in recent years, but during 2017 and 2018 it saw a little less love from IROs.  Over those years, the Mile-High City fell out of IR Magazine’s ranking of the top 20 most-visited roadshow destinations, which is based on an annual survey of hundreds of IR professionals.  But this year Denver is back. In our ...
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Dec 10, 2019
The 2010s in review: Etsy’s IR team picks the top 10 IR changes of the decade
Given our team’s different backgrounds and experiences, we thought it would be fun to work together to develop a top 10 list of the biggest changes in IR during the last decade. Here goes (in no particular order!): 1. The shrinking sell side and high number of analysts leaving Wall Street to pursue jobs in IR – including our own Gabe Ratcliff and some of our former covering analysts. Financial story-telling, valuation analysis and financial acum...
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Dec 10, 2019
Experts highlight need for engagement flexibility
Companies need to be able to customize and adapt their shareholder engagement efforts, both to meet investor needs and to catch the attention of investors they wish to meet, according to governance experts. Many issuers can be ‘tone deaf’ going into calls or meetings with shareholders, Elizabeth Saunders, partner with Clermont Partners, told delegates during a panel discussion at the recent ...
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Dec 06, 2019
Winners of the IR Magazine Awards – Greater China 2019 announced
China Resources Beer and Far East Consortium International led the pack at the IR Magazine Awards – Greater China 2019, taking home four awards each. China Resources Beer won awards for best overall investor relations (large cap), best in region (China), best in sector (consumer), and Vincent Tse took home the best investor relations officer (large cap) award.   Far East Consortium International won for best overall investor relations (small to mid-cap), b...
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Dec 06, 2019
The week in investor relations: Trade-deal jitters, record ETF assets and world's largest IPO
– US President Donald Trump worried investors by suggesting a trade deal with China may not be imminent, the BBC reported. The president said at a NATO summit this week that he may wait ‘until after the election’ to strike a deal. The comments led US shares to fall sharply. Investors are still waiting to see whether a round of tariffs on consumer goods planned for December 15 will come into effect. – T...
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Dec 05, 2019
The 2010s in review: How IROs became ‘corporate athletes’
The investor relations profession has emerged at the nexus of corporate investment theses worldwide, with the past decade of competitive business influences being instrumental in elevating the IRO to a pivotal role in positioning public companies with the investment community. During the past decade, the IR profession has been one of the most rapidly evolving executive roles across management ranks around the globe. As corporate management teams have recognized the ...
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Dec 04, 2019
How to upgrade your ESG communications
Companies releasing ESG information must link it to the profitability of the company and the sustainability of the business model.  That was the message from Rosanna Burcheri, portfolio manager at Artemis Investment Management, who was speaking at the ESG Integration Forum – Europe, hosted by IR Magazine and online sister publication Corporate Secretary. ‘What is important for investors like me is to be able to quantify the action [companies are...
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Dec 04, 2019
EU taxonomy for sustainable activities to ‘determine discount rates that investors apply,’ says M&A Investments
The EU Action Plan on sustainable investing should become critical to how investors value companies, according to Ben Constable-Maxwell, head of sustainable and impact investing at M&G Investments. Speaking at the ESG Integration Forum – Europe, hosted by IR Magazine and online sister publication Corporate Secretary, Constable-Maxwell said: ‘The action plan is going to be such a central driver of the integration of ESG and sustainability in the mark...
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