Location: New York, New York, UNITED STATES
Date: Thursday, March 21, 2013
IR Magazine was delighted to have Ali Velshi, chief business correspondent of CNN, hosting the IR Magazine Awards – US 2013.
Velshi joined luminaries and legends of investor relations to congratulate the award winners and celebrate the 25th anniversary year of IR Magazine.
Now in their 18th year, the IR Magazine Awards – US 2013 are the industry’s most prestigious and coveted awards that honor leading companies and professionals in investor relations.
This annual New York event brings together the entire investor relations community for an unrivaled night of industry celebration!
The 2012 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.
BNY Mellon acts as depositary for more than 2,500 American and global depositary receipt programs, acting in partnership with leading companies from 65 countries. BNY Mellon is committed to helping securities issuers access the world's rapidly evolving financial markets and delivers a comprehensive suite of depositary receipt services.
Learn more at www.bnymellon.com/dr.
BNY Mellon is a global financial services company focused on helping clients manage and service their financial assets, operating in 36 countries and serving more than 100 markets. BNY Mellon is a leading provider of financial services for institutions, corporations and high-net-worth individuals, offering superior investment management and investment services through a worldwide client-focused team. It has $25.8 trillion in assets under custody and administration and $1.26 trillion in assets under management, services $11.8 trillion in outstanding debt and processes global payments averaging $1.5 trillion per day. BNY Mellon is the corporate brand of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK).
Learn more at www.bnymellon.com or follow us on Twitter @BNYMellon.
Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide. With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, we operate in over 50 countries and employ over 140,000 people.
We provide large corporate, government and institutional clients with a full spectrum of solutions to their strategic advisory, financing and risk management needs. Our clients also benefit from access to the breadth of expertise across Barclays. We’re one of the largest financial services providers in the world, and are also engaged in retail banking, credit cards, corporate banking, and wealth and investment management.
Barclays offers premier investment banking products and services to its clients through Barclays Bank PLC. For more information, please visit barclays.com
Bloomberg, the global business and financial information and news leader, gives influential decision makers a critical edge by connecting them to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas. The company’s strength – delivering data, news and analytics through innovative technology, quickly and accurately - is at the core of the Bloomberg Professional service, which provides real time financial information to more than 310,000 subscribers globally. Bloomberg’s enterprise solutions build on the company’s core strength, leveraging technology to allow customers to access, integrate, distribute and manage data and information across organizations more efficiently and effectively.
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
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.
Context is a corporate sustainability consultancy founded in 1997 with offices in London, Los Angelesand New York. We help our clients understand sustainability and profit from it - by developing leading sustainability strategies and compelling communications.
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.
Investis is the world’s leading specialist in digital IR and corporate communications for public companies. Our services include IR webhosting and corporate websites, event webcasting, social media solutions, apps and mobile sites.
Investis works with over 1,700 companies in 30 countries, from the smallest companies to the largest.
Our New York office is now open, joining our offices in the UK, Germany, Italy, Finland and India. For more information, please call 1-866-892-3947, visit www.investis.com or email Piers.Sutton@investis.com
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 IR products and services include:
- Global market intelligence
- Shareholder identification and analysis
- Institutional investor targeting
- Investment community perception studies
– Online investor relationship management software
Visit us at www.ipreo.com
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.
MacKenzie Partners is a full-service proxy solicitation/financial relations consulting firm based in New York City, specializing in mergers and acquisitions-related transactions.
Every day, Marketwire plays a critical role in shaping the conversations that happen in newsrooms, corporate boardrooms and social networks around the world, helping communicators move markets, change public opinion and affect consumer behavior.
For everyone from a start-up to a Fortune 500 enterprise, Marketwire is a social communications company that provides its clients with powerfully simple solutions: Global press release distribution, industry-leading social media monitoring and analytics, and a fully integrated marketing communications platform for content creation, optimization, distribution and measurement.
Marketwire is majority-owned by OMERS Private Equity (www.omerspe.com), which manages the private equity activities of OMERS Administration Corporation and today has $6.4 billion of investments under management. OMERS Private Equity is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with offices in New York and London.
Headquartered in New York, MBS Value Partners is a capital markets communications firm that provides senior level advisory work and customized investor relations, financial media and corporate communications programs. The firm has a subsidiary in Brazil, executives based in Boston, Dallas and San Francisco, and a European joint venture.
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
The Mizuho Financial Group is one of the largest financial institutions in the world, offering a broad range of financial services including banking, securities, trust and asset management, credit card, private banking, and venture capital through its group companies. The group has over 56,000 staff working in approximately 920 offices in 30 countries, and total assets of over $2.0 trillion (as of March 31, 2012).
MSUSA’s Equity Division addresses the needs of both our corporate issuer and institutional investor client base by providing equity research, equity capital markets access, and extensive equity and equity-linked distribution and execution capabilities for the equity markets in Asia and the Americas. MSUSA also has a Corporate Access desk that arranges numerous non-deal road shows for Asian, Japanese, US and Lat-Am corporates with institutional investors in the US, Europe and Asia.
The NASDAQ OMX Group is the world's largest exchange company. It delivers trading, exchange technology and public company services across six continents, with more than 3,600 listed companies. NASDAQ OMX offers multiple capital-raising solutions to companies around the globe, including its US listings market, NASDAQ OMX Nordic, NASDAQ OMX Baltic, NASDAQ OMX First North, and the US 144A sector. The company offers trading across multiple asset classes including equities, derivatives, debt, commodities, structured products and exchange-traded funds. NASDAQ OMX technology supports the operations of more than 70 exchanges, clearing organizations and central securities depositories in more than 50 countries. NASDAQ OMX Nordic and NASDAQ OMX Baltic are not legal entities but describe the common offering from NASDAQ OMX exchanges in Helsinki, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Iceland, Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius. For more information about NASDAQ OMX, visit http://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.
OTC Markets Group Inc. (OTCQX: OTCM) operates Open, Transparent and Connected financial marketplaces for 10,000 U.S. and global securities. Through our OTC Link® ATS, we directly link a diverse network of broker-dealers that provide liquidity and execution services for a wide spectrum of securities. We organize these securities into marketplaces to better inform investors of opportunities and risks – OTCQX®, The Best Marketplace with Qualified Companies; OTCQB®, The Venture Stage Marketplace with U.S. Reporting Companies; and OTC Pink®, The Open Marketplace with Variable Reporting Companies. Our data-driven platform enables investors to easily trade through the broker of their choice at the best possible price and empowers a broad range of companies to improve the quality and availability of information for their investors. To learn more about how we create better informed and more efficient financial marketplaces, visit www.otcmarkets.com.
OTC Link ATS is operated by OTC Link LLC, member FINRA/SIPC and SEC regulated ATS.
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.
Q4 Web Systems (Q4) is the leader in corporate websites and social media solutions for public companies. Hundreds of investor relations’ professionals rely on Q4 for their IR website, social media and mobile applications. Using Q4, public companies of all sizes increase awareness, reduce risk and build better relationships with their investors. Through active best practice research, Q4 has earned a position at the forefront of the investor relations market, sharing knowledge through webinars, white papers and articles on http://www.q4blog.com. Learn more at http://www.q4websystems.com.
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.
Wells Fargo Securities delivers a comprehensive set of capital markets products and services, including public debt and equity origination and distribution, interest rate, commodity and equity risk hedging, mergers and acquisitions advice, prime services, structured lending facilities and corporate access services.