SUMMER AT RD:IR

After a brilliant start to 2018, with plenty of client wins and opportunities ongoing, we are pleased to publish our Summer 2018 newsletter.

As well as covering news about our activities, this issue features an article looking at the changing investment landscape and the challenges facing corporates from our Head of EMEA Issuer Services, Mark Robinson.

‎We thank all our clients for their continued custom. We hope you find our newsletter interesting and insightful.

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We wish everyone a warm and enjoyable summer and rest of year.

RD:IR ATTENDS THE IR MAGAZINE AWARDS – EUROPE

Last night saw the IR industry gather at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London for the annual IR Magazine Awards – Europe. The event, now in its 28th year, recognises excellence in investor relations from across Europe, being attended by both UK-based and European-based professionals.

Stephen Amos did a fantastic job of hosting the evening, ensuring everyone had an enjoyable time throughout. RD:IR congratulates all the winners and nominees in the 2018 awards. We look forward to continuing our work throughout 2018 and attending next year’s awards.

EVAN BERNSTEIN JOINS RD:IR

RD:IR is pleased to announce the arrival of Evan Bernstein as Business Development Executive. Evan brings 18 years of experience in international IR to his role in helping build RD:IR’s client base across Europe. He has worked with companies across the globe on projects ranging from debt restructuring, investor perception and targeting studies, to shareholder identification. RD:IR already has a very strong brand in the UK and Nordic markets, and is growing business in other EMEA markets.

Richard Davies, Managing Director of RD:IR, commented: ‘With Evan’s long track record at winning business in Europe and beyond, we look forward to greater expansion in new markets for the business and consolidating our existing positions in our target markets’.

Evan said: ‘It’s an exciting time to join RD:IR with many new products and services that cater specifically to a pan-European audience. Europe is on unsure footing with Brexit looming, so now is a better time than ever to seize opportunities for cross-border relationships and to help companies with their global IR strategies’

With the IR Magazine Awards – Europe taking place this week, Evan is looking forward to meeting both known and new faces at this event and in the future.

IR SOCIETY CONFERENCE 2018

L-R: Tim Bird, Rafael Samuel-Lajeunesse, John Dawson and Richard Davies (photo credit: Naomi Gabrielle Photography, on behalf of The IR Society)

Yesterday saw the insightful 32nd Investor Relations Society Conference hosted at the well-presented Kings Place in King’s Cross, London. It was fantastic to see so many new faces among longstanding IR professionals, ranging from service providers through to corporates.

Being a Gold Sponsor of the IR Society, RD:IR was one of the companies to feature heavily at the event, with our own Richard Davies moderating one of the four break-out sessions of the day, titled Innovation in the IR Market. Of the 400 delegates at the conference, there was a strong turnout at this particular break-out session, with Richard joined on stage by Tim Bird of Fieldfisher, John Dawson of Stratera Partners and Rafael Samuel-Lajeunesse of ReachX.

Following an opening note by Chair of the IR Society David Lloyd-Seed, Evan Davis did a superb job of hosting the entire day. He conducted some thoroughly interesting interviews & discussions with heavyweights Sir Douglas Flint and Sir Michael Rake, as well as other investment professionals. Thanks are due to everyone at the IR Society for organising the day and ensuring it ran smoothly.

One of the underlying themes of the day was for corporates to have a good, strong equity story that investors can really understand and buy into. A view was that business is mistrusted by a large portion of society these days, so strong messages need to be sent out to investors to dispel this view and prove that large companies are a force for good. Reasons for investment need to be provided and companies need to demonstrate that they serve both shareholders and wider stakeholders equally well.

RD:IR works with its clients to provide the results of perception surveys alongside its SRA and CRM services. In this post-MiFID II world, corporate access is equally important as the landscape changes for both sell-side and buy-side firms, and new pricing models are drawn up. One of our in-house specialities is setting up and running roadshows for clients to facilitate corporate access, so please do get in touch to discuss this further.

ALZHEIMER’S SOCIETY CUPCAKE DAY 2018

RD:IR employees got baking last night and brought in cakes of all kinds to be sold today, all for Alzheimer’s Society Cupcake Day.

Cakes were bought by all passers-by, be they RD:IR employees or not, so there were only crumbs for those who missed out! A special mention for the best three homemade cakes: 

Erin’s banoffee cupcakes, Francis’ Rice Krispies cakes and Morten’s sparkly fairy cakes. As ever with anything cake-related, Lola’s Cupcakes made an appearance and a huge thank you goes to Phoebe for them – possibly the best cakes in town!

Every penny raised will be given to the Alzheimer’s Society, along with our weekly Dress Down Friday contributions and various other events throughout the year. We fully support the charity’s efforts in helping to research and hopefully cure all forms of dementia, not just Alzheimer’s Disease.