Location: New York, New York, UNITED STATES
Date: Thursday, March 22, 2012
The IR Magazine Awards are the leading international awards honoring excellence and leadership in investor relations.
The IR Magazine US Awards provide an unmatched opportunity for anyone working or interested in investor relations in the US.
This annual New York event brings together the entire investor relations community for an unrivaled night of industry celebration.
'Networking and fun all in one!'
A portion of the IR Magazine US Award 2012 proceeds will benefit Coalition for the Homeless.
This year's winning companies have been profiled in the Investor Perception Study, US 2012, which is available to order here. The report contains quotes from buy-side and sell-side analysts on why these companies were chosen as the best exponents of IR in the region, as well as their comments on corporate IR and wider topical IR issues. The report also contains interviews with the best-performing IR practitioners on their success strategies.
American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC (AST) is part of the LINK Group, an international network of best in class providers of transfer agent services and employee plan solutions. AST is your link to leading technology, top-rated personalized service and comprehensive services that include: transfer agent, employee plan services, proxy services, asset reunification services and all types of corporate actions. AST’s clients are located throughout the United States and in over 22 foreign countries, ranging in size from initial public offerings to Fortune 100 companies. For more information, contact 888.267.8625 or visit www.amstock.com.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch focuses on middle-market and large corporations, institutional investors, financial institutions and government entities. It provides innovative services in M&A, equity and debt capital raising, lending, trading, risk management, research, and liquidity and payments management. It serves clients in more than 150 countries and has relationships with 99 percent of the US Fortune 500 companies and nearly 96 percent of the Fortune Global 500.
The investment banking division of Barclays Bank, Barclays Capital provides large corporate, government and institutional clients with a full spectrum of solutions to their strategic advisory, financing and risk management needs. Barclays Capital has offices around the world, employs 20,000 people and has the global reach, advisory services and distribution power to meet the needs of issuers and investors worldwide. For further information, please visit our website: www.barclayscapital.com.
The BLOOMBERG PROFESSIONAL® service provides real- time and archived data, news, research and analytics to Investor Relations officers around the world. Successful IROs depend on Bloomberg to help them stay ahead of their analysts and investors, keep their firm's executives informed, and proactively manage their company's message. Investor targeting and surveillance, consensus earnings estimates, industry events and transcripts, competitive intelligence, and industry news and research are just some of the reasons why IROs depend on Bloomberg. In addition, with Bloomberg, IROs are not only able to access and understand trading in their own stock, but also the role that related instruments like bonds, options and credit default swaps may play in their company's share price. Each of these solutions is available on the same single, integrated platform used by institutional investors and analysts around the world.
In today's investor relations climate, success is defined by access to information and the ability to use it. It's defined by Bloomberg.
BNY Mellon acts as depositary for more than 2,100 American and Global depositary receipt programmes, acting in partnership with leading companies from 67 countries. With an unrivalled commitment to helping DR issuers succeed in the World's rapidly evolving financial markets, the Company delivers the Industry's most comprehensive suite of services.Learn more at www.bnymellon.com/dr.
Business Wire, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is the global leader in multi-platform press release distribution and financial disclosure services. Thousands of organizations and communications professionals turn to Business Wire for superior optimization, presentation and distribution of their news, photos and multimedia to news media, websites, search engines and wireless services.
A recognized disclosure service in the United States, Canada and a dozen European countries, Business Wire handles XBRL tagging, document formatting and regulatory filing into EDGAR, SEDAR and other systems. With more distribution options in more countries than any other commercial newswire, Business Wire provides members with targeted reach to virtually any market or industry worldwide. For more information, visit us online at www.BusinessWire.com
Citi, the leading global financial services company, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management. Additional information may be found at www.citigroup.com | Twitter: @Citi | YouTube: www.youtube.com/citi | Blog: http://new.citi.com | Facebook: www.facebook.com/citi | LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/citi
Citi Depositary Receipt Services is a leader in bringing quality issuers to global capital markets and in promoting Depositary Receipts (DRs) as an effective capital markets tool. Citi began offering DRs in 1928 and today is widely recognized for providing companies with access to the powerful global platform Citi has to offer. For more information on Citi Depositary Receipt Services, visit www.citi.com/dr.
Computershare is a global market leader in transfer agency and share registration, employee equity plans, proxy solicitation and stakeholder communications. We also specialize in corporate trust, mortgage, bankruptcy, class action, utility and tax voucher administration, and a range of other diversified financial and governance services.
Founded in 1978, Computershare is renowned for its expertise in high-integrity data management, high-volume transaction processing and reconciliations, payments and stakeholder engagement. Many of the world’s leading organizations use us to streamline and maximize the value of relationships with their investors, employees, creditors and customers. Computershare is represented in all major financial markets and has more than 12,000 employees worldwide.
For more information, visit www.computershare.com
Georgeson is the world’s leading provider of strategic proxy and corporate governance advisory services to corporations and shareholder groups working to influence corporate strategy. For more than half a century, Georgeson has specialized in complex solicitations such as hostile and friendly acquisitions, proxy contests and takeover defenses. The firm also provides issuers with expertise in corporate events solutions such as post-merger unexchanged holder programs and information agent services. For more information, visit www.georgeson.com.
Edelman is the world’s largest public relations firm, with 63 offices and more than 4,200 employees worldwide, as well as affiliates in more than 30 cities. Visit http://www.edelman.com for more information.
Founded in 1999, GETCO is a leading global market maker with 400 Associates located in Chicago, New York, Palo Alto, London, Singapore and Hong Kong. The firm’s primary business involves both buying and selling securities to provide two-sided markets on exchanges around the world. The liquidity GETCO supplies allows investors to immediately transfer securities positions while saving money on trading costs. In addition, the firm provides customers with algorithmic, routing and execution services through its client services arm, GETCO Execution Services.
Innisfree provides sound advice and results-oriented implementation in domestic and cross border proxy solicitations, tender/exchange offers, mergers and other corporate actions, as well as consulting services on strategic management issues, including corporate governance and investor relations.
Ipreo is a global leader in the provision of market-leading intelligence, robust technology, and superior customer service to publicly listed companies and investment banks around the world. Built on a legacy of experience and a thorough understanding of the capital markets, Ipreo provides critical insights and flexible solutions to help our clients run better investor relations programs. Ipreo’s investor relations products and services include: global market intelligence, shareholder identification and analysis, institutional investor targeting, investment community perception studies, online investor relationship management software.
Issuer Advisory Group, LLC (IAG) serves as the leading advisor to many of America’s greatest companies regarding listing on the NYSE and Nasdaq. IAG, to include its predecessor company, has been in operation since 1995 and has listed more stocks on the NYSE and Nasdaq than anyone in the history of the respective exchanges.
IAG is headed by Patrick J. Healy, CPA/MBA. A former CFO and Wall Street veteran, Mr. Healy also spent eight years on the faculty of the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. In addition to representing the interests of his clients, Mr. Healy has steadfastly championed endless issues on behalf of issuers. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Direct Edge Exchange – America’s newest and third/fourth largest exchange.
LS Global Advisory Group is a leading provider of market intelligence services to Investor Relations Officers, IR Agencies and Financial Institutions around the world. Our services include Shareholder Identification, Corporate Governance Consulting, Governance Roadshows, Investor Targeting, Proxy Solicitation and Investor Perception studies. Founded in 2006, LS Global is distinguished by a unique combination of highly customized service offerings and a strong client relationship orientation. Our growing list of client mandates spans the globe in both developed and developing markets, including Europe, Asia, North America and Latin America
MacKenzie Partners is a full-service proxy solicitation/financial relations consulting firm based in New York City, specializing in mergers and acquisitions-related transactions.
Marketwire electronically delivers news and information to media and financial communities around the world via traditional and social media channels including newspapers, magazines, databases, analyst terminals, online portals, blogs, and more. Leveraging the latest in search engine optimization (SEO), multimedia, social media, monitoring and reporting, Marketwire maximizes the power and reach of its clients’ communications. Sysomos, a Marketwire company, provides unparalleled business intelligence for social media through advanced monitoring and analytics. Serving more than 12,000 clients worldwide through 20 offices on four continents, Marketwire is a dominant distributor of company news releases and other communications. For more information, visit us online at www.marketwire.com and blog.marketwire.com, or on Twitter @marketwire.
MessageBank, LLC is a leading provider of customized multimedia event solutions to the investor relations and financial communications marketplace. The company produces hundreds of strategic conference calls and webcasts for global, multinational companies, financial PR consultancies and buy-side/sell-side firms. With an emphasis on industry-aligned consultative services and support delivered by the executive management team, MessageBank bridges best practices, consistent value-add and coordinated execution for the most sensitive audio, web and video communications with market constituents including shareholders, analysts, employees and the media. The company provides seasoned expertise in ‘event’ management for applications including earnings, off-site investor days, M&A transaction announcements, corporate ‘town hall’ and employee meetings, crisis, regulatory communications, press briefings and product and service launches/webinars. More information is available at www.messagebank.com
NASDAQ OMX Group fuels economies and provides transformative technologies for the entire life cycle of a trade, from risk management and trade to surveillance and clearing. In the US and Europe, we own and operate 26 markets including three clearing houses and five securities depositories supporting equities, options, fixed income, derivatives, commodities, futures and structured products. We can process more than 1 mn messages per second and our technology drives more than 70 marketplaces in 50 developed and emerging countries, powering one in 10 of the world’s securities transactions. Our award-winning data products and worldwide indexes are the benchmarks in the financial industry and we are home to approximately 3,300 listed companies. To learn more, please visit www.nasdaqomx.com.
Founded in 1969, NIRI (www.niri.org) is the professional association of corporate officers and investor relations consultants responsible for communications among corporate management, shareholders, securities analysts and other financial community constituents. The largest professional investor relations association in the world, NIRI's more than 3,500 members represent 2,000 publicly held companies and $5.4 trillion in stock market capitalization.
NYSE Euronext (NYX) is a leading global operator of financial markets and provider of innovative trading technologies. The company's exchanges in Europe and the United States trade equities, futures, options, fixed-income and exchange-traded products. With approximately 8,000 listed issues (excluding European Structured Products), NYSE Euronext's equities markets – the New York Stock Exchange, NYSE Euronext, NYSE Amex, NYSE Alternext and NYSE Arca – represent one-third of the world's equities trading, the most liquidity of any global exchange group. NYSE Euronext also operates NYSE Liffe, one of the leading European derivatives businesses and the world's second-largest derivatives business by value of trading. The company offers comprehensive commercial technology, connectivity and market data products and services through NYSE Technologies. NYSE Euronext is in the S&P 500 index, and is the only exchange operator in the Fortune 500. For more information, please visit: http://www.nyx.com.
By providing intelligence and innovative ways to communicate accurately with investors and in accordance with compliance and regulatory requirements, PR Newswire enables you to engage opportunity everywhere it exists.
TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank® is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., providing nearly 8 million customers with a full range of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services at more than 1,300 convenient locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida.
In addition, TD Bank and its subsidiaries offer customized private banking and wealth management services through TD Wealth®, and vehicle financing and dealer commercial services through TD Auto Finance.
TD Bank is headquartered in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and Portland, Maine. To learn more, visit www.tdbank.com. Find TD Bank on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TDMoneyLoungeUS and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TDBank_US.
TD Bank is a member of TD Bank Group and a subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank of Toronto, Canada, a top 10 financial services company in North America. The Toronto-Dominion Bank is one of the highest-rated banks globally and trades on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges under the ticker symbol "TD." To learn more, visit www.td.com.
UBS draws on its 150-year heritage to serve private, institutional and corporate clients worldwide, as well as retail clients in Switzerland. Its business strategy is centered on its pre-eminent global wealth management businesses and its universal bank in Switzerland. Together with a client-focused Investment Bank and a strong, well-diversified Global Asset Management business, UBS will expand its premier wealth management franchise and drive further growth across the Group.
UBS Investment Bank provides a broad range of products and services in equities, fixed income, foreign exchange and commodities to corporate and institutional clients, sovereign and government bodies, financial intermediaries, alternative asset managers and UBS's wealth management clients. The Investment Bank is an active participant in capital markets flow activities, including sales, trading and market-making across a broad range of securities. It provides financial solutions to its clients, and offers advisory and analytics services in all major capital markets.