Voted awards

2021 marks the sixth year that Institutional Investor will conduct a thorough perception survey on behalf of the UK IR Society. The results of this survey give us the shortlists and eventual winners of the much anticipated ‘Voted Awards’.

Global buy-side and sell-side professionals evaluate the quality of Investor Relations and vote in the categories for ‘Best Newcomer to IR’, ‘Best Investor Relations Officer’ and ‘Best Overall Company IR’. Corporates and Investor Relations Officers in the UK, in turn, share their views to assess ‘Best Investor Engagement’ by investment management companies.

Nominations and voting for the Voted Awards are open until 7 May 2021. Buy-side and sell-side vote through the voting platform and we encourage our corporate members to remind their buy-side and sell-side contacts to vote. Corporates vote for sell-side and buy-side firms through the Corporate Insights & Verification (CIV) form - every IR team member gets a personalised CIV link however only one co-ordinated submission per company is necessary.

If you have not received your link or have any questions please contact Amani Korayeim at Institutional Investor - amani.korayeim@institutionalinvestor.com

Best investor engagement

This award is decided by company IROs voting for the investor/buy-side firm that they believe represents the best in investor engagement with companies. In total 101 Investors were nominated during the voting.

Institutional Investor

For over 50 years, Institutional Investor has consistently distinguished itself with its ground-breaking journalism and incisive market analysis that provides must-read intelligence for global financial institutions and money makers. Our highly recognized survey based research produces an independent evaluation of quality across key markets and stakeholder groups – with rankings for top global sell-side research teams and corporate executives setting the industry standard. Institutional Investor’s most recent acquisition of Extel, expanded our research portfolio further to produce an advisory service which includes IR perception insights, market trends and data analytics. Covering key topics such as MiFID, SRI and Corporate Access, we evolve with our clients, providing objectivity and transparency, show casing best practice and delivering relative performance assessments for companies by sector and region. Over 30,000 global investment professionals contribute regularly across our 6 regional research studies and share their unbiased and candid views to enable effective decision making and better resource allocation.

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Winner

Schroders Investment Management

Schroders Investment Management

Shortlist

Capital Group

Columbia Threadneedle

Fidelity Management & Research

Schroders Investment Management

Wellington Management

Best newcomer to IR

This is an award for an individual who has entered the IR profession (either in-house or in a service provider) within the last 18 months. The individual should demonstrate that they have made a real impact within their company in the short time in their profession and has the skill sets expected of someone at the top of the IR profession. You may nominate individuals who work in the IR function in your own company. In 2020, 27 different IR professionals were nominated for Best Newcomer.

Orient Capital

Orient Capital, a Link Group company, is a global leader in share ownership analysis and identification, market intelligence, investor communication and shareholder management technology, supporting over 1,800 issuers worldwide. We help listed companies identify and track their shareholders and underlying beneficial owners, as well as their behaviours. Turning quality analysis into valuable, up-to-date insights, enabling engagement with investors and stakeholders, with confidence.

As the largest analyser of share registers globally our extensive global relationships and technology connections with custodians and investors enables us to provide timely reports and unique insight. miraqle® brings transparency and structure to your investor relations strategy and allows the efficient and accurate identification, profiling, tracking, management, targeting and engagement with institutions (buy and sell side), corporate governance and debt contacts, through a database of over 65,000 contacts at 8,000 institutions. Its specialist D.F. King proxy solicitation and debt issuer services team work on over 450 projects a year to support global meeting advisory and restructuring requirements.

Our complimentary services, such as webcasting and perception studies, further enable direct intelligence to support an effective IR programme and company strategy. www.orientcap.com

Orient Capital and D.F. King are part of the Link Group of Companies.

Winner

Andrew Carter, Rotork

Andrew Carter, Rotork

Shortlist

Michael Burt
UNITE Group

Andrew Carter
Rotork

Tristan Lovegrove
BHP Group

Brian Massey
BHP Group

Jonathan Yarr
Petrofac

Best investor relations officer

The award for Best IRO will annually honour one preeminent investor relations professional. The award will be awarded according to 5 overall criteria combining professional and personal characteristics: COMPETENCE, COMMUNICATION, CHARACTER, HUMANITY, PERSONALITY. In total, 203 IR professionals were nominated to be considered for Best IRO.

Orient Capital

Orient Capital, a Link Group company, is a global leader in share ownership analysis and identification, market intelligence, investor communication and shareholder management technology, supporting over 1,800 issuers worldwide. We help listed companies identify and track their shareholders and underlying beneficial owners, as well as their behaviours. Turning quality analysis into valuable, up-to-date insights, enabling engagement with investors and stakeholders, with confidence.

As the largest analyser of share registers globally our extensive global relationships and technology connections with custodians and investors enables us to provide timely reports and unique insight. miraqle® brings transparency and structure to your investor relations strategy and allows the efficient and accurate identification, profiling, tracking, management, targeting and engagement with institutions (buy and sell side), corporate governance and debt contacts, through a database of over 65,000 contacts at 8,000 institutions. Its specialist D.F. King proxy solicitation and debt issuer services team work on over 450 projects a year to support global meeting advisory and restructuring requirements.

Our complimentary services, such as webcasting and perception studies, further enable direct intelligence to support an effective IR programme and company strategy. www.orientcap.com

Orient Capital and D.F. King are part of the Link Group of Companies.

Winner

Thomas Kudsk Larsen, AstraZeneca

Thomas Kudsk Larsen, AstraZeneca

Shortlist

Matt Coates
Liberty Global

Sarah Elton-Farr
GlaxoSmithKline

Chris Griffith
Tesco

Thomas Kudsk Larsen
AstraZeneca

David Pitura
International Consolidated Airlines Group

Best overall company IR

This award is for the company that has the best overall IR programme, so it will include the contributions made by the IR department themselves and the executive team including the CEO, CFO and Chairman. This is not an award for the company, whose share price has performed best, but rather the company that has communicated most effectively with its stakeholders during the year, whether this has been good or bad news. In total, 218 companies were nominated during the voting for the 2020 award.

RD:IR

RD:IR is a global investor relations consultancy offering a wide range of IR-related analysis, research & advisory services to over 800 UK & international public companies. From conducting share register analysis to finding new investors across the globe, our services help you understand the market’s perception of your stock and provide unconflicted investor relations advice and strategies. To find out more about identifying and reacting to investor insights for your business, contact our team at welcome@rdir.com. www.rdir.com

Sponsor

RD:IR
RD:IR

Winner

AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca

Shortlist

Anglo American

AstraZeneca

Barclays

HSBC Holdings

International Consolidated Airlines Group

Vodafone Group

Institutional Investor

For over 50 years, Institutional Investor has consistently distinguished itself with its ground-breaking journalism and incisive market analysis that provides must-read intelligence for global financial institutions and money makers. Our highly recognized survey based research produces an independent evaluation of quality across key markets and stakeholder groups – with rankings for top global sell-side research teams and corporate executives setting the industry standard. Institutional Investor’s most recent acquisition of Extel, expanded our research portfolio further to produce an advisory service which includes IR perception insights, market trends and data analytics. Covering key topics such as MiFID, SRI and Corporate Access, we evolve with our clients, providing objectivity and transparency, show casing best practice and delivering relative performance assessments for companies by sector and region. Over 30,000 global investment professionals contribute regularly across our 6 regional research studies and share their unbiased and candid views to enable effective decision making and better resource allocation.

www.institutionalinvestor.com