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IR Society advised to get out the lifeboats, the day of the MiFID II is really upon us this time!

IR Society advised to get out the lifeboats, the day of the MiFID II is really upon us this time! When we wake up on Wednesday, 3 January 2018, will it be any different to the day before and possibly a day of woe for more than just Wednesday's child? John Gollifer, General Manager of the IR Society reflects on upcoming regulatory change.

Published: 17 May, 2017

Leadership, Governance and the imperative of Sustainable Business for Investor Communications

A glorious Tuesday afternoon saw the IR Society's first foray outside London for several years.

Published: 10 May, 2017

MiFID II: This time it really is different

Managing the MiFID II changes will be difficult. For IR teams, the need to be quick-footed is the greatest challenge, as Steve Kelly reports.

Published: 7 April, 2017

Poacher turned gamekeeper – from City role to in-house IRO

Echoing market changes of recent years, Alexandra Hockenhull describes her personal City evolution from fund management to becoming an IRO.

Published: 4 April, 2017

Thirty years on – the IR profession’s ‘Big Bang’ revolution

Reg Hoare looks back at the radical changes to financial market structures and regulation which were introduced in the 1986 ‘Big Bang’. He spells out their significance and their lessons for today’s new changes.

Published: 4 April, 2017

Quarterly reporting – the argument against

The debate between investors and companies about the merits of quarterly reporting remains intense. Phil Corbett is opposed.

Published: 29 March, 2017

New York – if IROs make it there, they’ll make it anywhere

Which institutions should you visit in New York? How should you manage your schedule? Where should you stay? Top tips from IROs themselves on how to manage a New York roadshow are reported by Charlie Hamlyn.

Published: 27 March, 2017

What does best practice annual reporting look like?

As the business environment has significantly changed in recent years, there is undoubtedly an even bigger need for investor relations to take a leading role in corporates. Moreover, there is a greater need for faster, clearer communications across annual and digital reporting. Nicole Solomon looks at corporate reporting practices and what we look for in our own IR Society Best Practice Awards entries.

Published: 9 March, 2017

Dawn of Spring on the North Colonnade

The UK regulator has been planting seeds around the topics of unbundling, research and corporate access for a decade, so last Friday’s budding announcement should not have come as a surprise. Michael Hufton of ingage IR looks at the key issues following the FCA's recent review of dealing commission expenditure.

Published: 9 March, 2017

Corporate Governance Breakfast: the UK Green Paper & Future of Boardrooms

Luke Main, Research Associate at Fidelio Partners recently attended IR Society's breakfast on the UK Corporate Governance Reform Green Paper, hosted by Deutsche Bank.

Published: 10 February, 2017

Three ways to jump-start IR for SMEs

Many smaller listed companies do not have a dedicated IR team. Andrew Griffin offers advice for those wishing to stand out.

Published: 22 December, 2016

Current trends and discussions in Germany

The German Investor Relations Association (DIRK) is the largest European professional association forging links between companies and the capital markets. Kay Bommer looks at DIRK’s current agenda.

Published: 22 December, 2016

Best practice IR in the Brexit and Trump era

The recent changes in the political environment have raised the stakes for IROs. Gillian Karran-Cumberlege and Emily Baker offer practical tips.

Published: 22 December, 2016

Three practical tips for your investor presentations based on my favourite Shark Tank pitch

Radek Nemecek, IR Director at Cook Communications IR&PR reflects on the popular reality TV show Shark Tank (America’s version of Dragons’ Den) and shares tips from an entrepreneur's pitch that might help IROs improve their own presentations.

Published: 17 November, 2016

Develop your skill set

Building your IR career requires a firm foundation – and for Vincenzo Leporiere this was in finance. Here he offers valuable tips.

Published: 13 October, 2016

Coming soon… The Diploma in Investor Relations

Later this year, the IR Society will reveal the details of the new Diploma in Investor Relations (DIR). Ross Hawley, chair of the Society’s education committee, explains the significance of this innovation.

Published: 7 October, 2016

Diploma (2) - Back to first principles

Former IR Society chair Sue Scholes sets out the background to the launch of the DIR.

Published: 7 October, 2016

Diploma (3) - Using the knowledge

The steering committee put a great deal of work into shaping the key features of the new diploma, as Alex Money reports.

Published: 7 October, 2016

Full steam ahead…

After an intense and active summer, the IR Society has another busy time ahead. John Gollifer highlights the key developments.

Published: 4 October, 2016

Raising the profile of IR

IR Society chair David Lloyd-Seed looks at the challenges and opportunities ahead for IR professionals.

Published: 1 October, 2016

Foreign companies and competition for capital

The opportunities and challenges of raising capital in Western markets are finely balanced, as Jonathan Passmore describes.

Published: 11 August, 2016

The ABCD of IR

Diversity in the boardroom is an increasingly crucial issue for quoted companies, as Gillian Karran-Cumberlege and Emily Baker report.

Published: 16 July, 2016

The CIR – is it an option or a ‘must’?

For those who have not yet taken the CIR exam, Alexandre Bykov explains why it is valuable.

Published: 6 July, 2016

Brexit: Championing excellence in IR

Chair of the IR Society, David Lloyd-Seed reflects on the recent referendum outcome and the impact from an IR perspective.

Published: 30 June, 2016

What investors will do if a Brexit looks likely

Charles Hamlyn, Managing Director at QuantiFire discusses the results from a recent survey of institutional investors around the impact of Brexit.

Published: 20 May, 2016

Best practice case study: Six words

AstraZeneca won the ‘Best overall company IR’ award at the 2015 Best Practice Awards. Craig Marks looks behind the success.

Published: 8 April, 2016

Best practice case study: ASOS and the five ‘C’s

In this Informed interview, Laura Hayter catches up with Greg Feehely, director of IR at the online retailer ASOS.

Published: 1 April, 2016

Best practice case study: The BASF Factbook

Innovations in IR practice can have a major impact on the way businesses are assessed in financial markets. Magdalena Moll and her colleague Tobias Höld explain the success of the Factbook.

Published: 24 March, 2016

Are you complying with modern slavery and trafficking laws?

Legislation on forced labour and human trafficking could affect companies through the supply chain – as IROs need to be aware. Jason Nunn offers a guide to disclosure.

Published: 22 January, 2016

Planning your SRI and governance communications for 2016

Sustainable and responsible investing (SRI) and corporate governance (CG) are hot topics in the IR community, as a recent Society webinar showed. Mike Tyrrell reports.

Published: 14 January, 2016

Compromising principles and chasing targets destroys shareholder value

Recent corporate history shows that managers who strive too hard in chasing volume and profit targets can end up damaging their business. Mike Cahill, consultant at Market Matters looks at the evidence.

Published: 5 January, 2016

The challenges of proxy voting practice

In this article from Informed 88, Jude Moore argues that the UK has a relatively efficient proxy voting process, but there are improvements to be made.

Published: 27 October, 2015

The important issues facing IR professionals

In an interview in Informed 88, our policy committee chairman Emma Burdett outlines the priorities for the committee over the next year and explains the Society’s role in policy matters.

Published: 19 October, 2015