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Aug 14, 2020
The week in investor relations: ESG flows, US-China tension and stock splits
- Sustainable investment funds continued to see strong inflows during the second quarter of the year, according to the Financial Times (paywall). Between April and June, such funds saw net inflows of $71.1 bn, said the newspaper, citing data from Morningstar.  - The world’s largest asset managers are pushing up volatility in company stocks, according to new academic research, t...
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Aug 12, 2020
Wednesday Winner: More meetings with European investors
The investor relations team at Wix is used to remote communications with its management team. Although the IR team is US-based, the management team is at the company’s headquarters in Tel Aviv. In this video interview, Maggie O’Donnell, director of investor relations and joint winner of the rising star award at last year’s IR Magazine Awards – US, describes how her interactions with management have changed since the Covid-19 outbreak – including how they...
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Aug 11, 2020
A look at SPACs: From the 90s to Covid-19
For many executives, going public signals to the world that your business has grown and is now ready for the bright lights of a national exchange. Ironically, the largest obstacle to achieving this objective can be the IPO process itself – time, expense, market conditions and global events can often combine to discourage even the most promising candidates from pursuing a public listing via the traditional route.  Covid-19 has added new layers of uncertainty to th...
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Aug 11, 2020
Japan’s governance evolution continues despite Covid-19 impact
Since 2014, when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe introduced a stewardship code, Japanese companies have found themselves under sustained pressure to up their corporate governance practices.  Despite the spread of Covid-19, that pressure has remained high in 2020, with a record number of shareholder proposals filed during the Japanese AGM season. Below, we speak with Shigeo Imakiire, president of Investor Communications Japan (ICJ), a joint venture of Broadridge an...
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Aug 10, 2020
IR Objectives & Challenges report now available
IR Magazine has released a new report highlighting both the challenges IR teams have faced and objectives they have focused on throughout 2019 and 2020. The report also looks at how investors view the challenges facing IR over this period. Findings are based on the IR Magazine Global IR Survey conducted in Q1 2020 and the IR Magazine Global Investor Survey conducted in Q4 2019. This report breaks down the challenges and objectives identified into internal c...
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Aug 10, 2020
Spac IPOs hit record level
Special purpose acquisition companies (Spacs) are truly having their moment. By early August, the number of Spac IPOs so far in 2020 had overtaken the total number for the whole of last year.  Amid the volatility caused by Covid-19, Spac listings offer a way to go public without the risk and complexity of a traditional IPO. Meanwhile, investors have been drawn to the seemingly low-risk model of Spac vehicles, where the money is held in a trust account until an acqu...
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Aug 07, 2020
The threat of employee shareholder activism
Boardrooms across the country are increasingly discussing human capital management issues, as investors bring subjects like diversity and inclusion, employee safety, retention and engagement into focus. With so many CEOs of US companies signing the Business Roundtable statement on stakeholder value, and Covid-19 raising legitimate concerns about employee safety, companies can expect greater scrutiny of how they treat their employees in the future. The majority of sh...
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