Venue: DI – Dansk Industri, 18 H.C. Andersens Boulevard, Copenhagen
Thomas Thygesen, Head, X-asset Strategies, SEB Merchant Banking
What the IRO needs to consider in terms of management time and priorities?
Pros and cons
How will technology evolve in the future?
Zafar Aziz, Director & Head of DR Investor Relations Advisory Group, Deutsche Bank
Balancing Risks and Opportunities: Defining your Target Markets
Leveraging Data and Technology to plan and measure the impact of your targeting and outreach efforts.
Shyanika Benimadhu, Director of Global Investor Targeting, Nasdaq
Thomas Holst Laursen, Attorney-At-Law and Partner, Plesner; Kay W. Bommer, Attorney-At-Law, MBA, Managing director of DIRK (Deutscher Investor Relations Verband); Birgitte Søgaard Holm, Deputy Director General, Danish Financial Supervisory Authority; Member of ESMA Board, Supervisors & NCAS; Anne Pindborg, Chief Legal Counsel, Group Legal, A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S
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Jeppe Christiansen, CEO, Maj Invest Holding A/S; Chairman, Haldor Topsøe A/S; Vice Chairman, Novo Nordisk A/S; board member, Novo A/S, Kirkbi A/S and Symphogen A/S; Thomas Steen Hansen, Global head of equity research/SVP, CPH, Danske Bank Markets; Ole Søeberg, Portfolio Manager, Skagen Funds; Leonhardt Pihl, Director of DAF (Danish Shareholder Association); Peter Kondrup, Vice President, IR, Carlsberg
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Mark Simms, CEO, CMi2i
Jens Bjørn Andersen, CEO, DSV A/S
THOMAS THYGESEN – HEAD, X-ASSET STRATEGIES, SEB MERCHANT BANKING
Thomas Thygesen holds a Master of Science degree in Economics from the University of Copenhagen and has worked as an Economist and Head of Strategy in the financial sector for close to 30 years. Since 2008 Thomas is working as SEB’s Head of the x-asset research team specialized in the correlation between the economy and the financial markets.
ZAFAR AZIZ – DIRECTOR & HEAD OF DR INVESTOR RELATIONS ADVISORY GROUP, DEUTSCHE BANK
Zafar Aziz is based in London and is responsible for a global team providing investor relations services to Deutsche Bank’s Depositary Receipt clients. The Depositary Receipts business sits within Global Securities Services which forms part of the bank’s Global Transaction Banking business. With over 18 years experience in the depositary receipts business, Zafar has also held positions in sales and relationship management, including the Nordic region. His current role involves a focus on thought leadership involving publications, webinars and events. In addition, the team provides a range of bespoken, value-added IR services concentrated on the depositary receipts market. Prior to his career in Depositary Receipts, he spent four years at SG Warburg (now part of UBS) in London, providing investor relations advisory services to investment banking clients. Zafar holds a degree in Economics & Politics from the University of Keele and a post-graduate degree in Economic Development from the University of Glasgow. He is also a long-standing member of the UK Investor Relations Society and sits on the Events Committee.
SHYANIKA BENIMADHU – DIRECTOR, GLOBAL INVESTOR TARGETING FOR EMEA & APAC, NASDAQ
Shyanika Benimadhu serves as Director of Investor Targeting for EMEA & APAC at Nasdaq. Prior to Nasdaq, Shyanika worked at Nomura and most recently at Jefferies in Corporate Access origination and started her career at Lehman Brothers. She graduated with an MA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Cambridge.
THOMAS HOLST LAURSEN – ATTORNEY-AT-LAW, PARTNER, PLESNER
Thomas Holst Laursen is a partner in our Corporate Finance team and has extensive experience in large complex transactions within private and public M&A, capital markets transactions (IPOs, etc.) as well as transactions involving financing through other convertible securities, bonds, and securitization.
Thomas has been active in all areas of transactions within a range of sectors. Clients include private equity and venture funds, investment banks and listed companies as well as international clients operating in Denmark. In addition to transactional work, Thomas also provides advice to boards of directors, including in relation to disclosure obligations and corporate governance. Thomas has worked with cross-border/international transactions globally.
Over recent years Thomas has been mostly active in the pharmaceutical, energy and financial sectors.
KAY W. BOMMER – MANAGING DIRECTOR, DIRK
Kay W. Bommer is – with a short interruption in 2011/2012 – Managing Director of DIRK, the German Investor Relations Association since 2001.
As Managing Partner of Pictum Consult GmbH, he advices and supports fast growing SMEs since 2011. He started his career with a large, international auditing firm, followed by working for two years as head of Investor Relations for a software company listed on Germany’s Neuer Markt.
Kay studied law and business in Göttingen, Passau and Sydney and holds a Master of Business Administration. He is a registered lawyer since 2001 and was elected Honorary Member of DIRK in 2011. He sits on a number of supervisory boards of small innovative companies and exercises teaching assignments in Capital Market Law and Corporate Communication at German Universities.
BIRGITTE SØGAARD HOLM – DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL, THE DANISH FSA (FINANSTILSYNET)
Birgitte Søgaard Holm is Deputy Director General in the Danish FSA (Finanstilsynet) and responsible for supervision of capital markets. She is a member of the Board of Supervisors in ESMA. Before joining the FSA in 2014 she held a position as Head of Financial Stability in the Danish central bank where she has been working for 17 years. She holds an MBA from Henley Business School.
ANNE PINDBORG – CHIEF LEGAL COUNSEL, A.P. MØLLER - MÆRSK A/S
Anne Pindborg works as an in-house lawyer and is heading the Corporate Legal Team of A. P. Møller – Mærsk A/S being overall responsible for implementation and compliance with stock exchange regulation and shareholder management. She has worked actively with corporate governance and is member of Nasdaq Copenhagen’s advisory board. Her law degree from Aaarhus University has been supplemented with a Master of Laws from University of Southampton, England.
JEPPE CHRISTIANSEN – CEO, MAJ INVEST
Jeppe Christiansen (1959) is CEO of Maj Invest, a Danish investment company comprising a mutual fund for private investors, an asset management company for institutional investors and a private equity company. In 1986 Jeppe started working in the Danish banking sector, in 1993 he got a job as Deputy Manager at LD Pensions, and in 1999 he moved on to a job as a non-executive director at Danske Bank. In 2004 Jeppe was made CEO of LD Pensions, and in 2005 he founded Maj Invest. Jeppe is Chairman of the Board of Directors at Haldor Topsøe, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors at Novo Nordisk and a member of the Board of Directors at Kirkbi (LEGO holding company), Novo and Symphogen. Jeppe holds an MSc in Economics from the University of Copenhagen and is appointed adjunct professor of finance at CBS.
THOMAS STEEN HANSEN – GLOBAL HEAD OF EQUITY RESEARCH/SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, COPENHAGEN, DANSKE BANK MARKETS
- 2006-today: Danske Bank Markets, Global Head of Equity Research/ Senior Vice President, Copenhagen
- 2000-2006: Alfred Berg/ABN Amro: Head of Equity Research, Copenhagen
- 1994-2000: Svenska Handelsbanken, Equity Analyst, Copenhagen
- Education: MSc in Economics & Business Administration (FIR), Copenhagen Business School
OLE SØEBERG – PORTFOLIO MANAGER, SKAGEN FUNDS
Portfolio manager with Skagen Funds since 2011 and running a Nordic / Global fund. Ole has spent 32 years in the financial industry related functions. From mid-1980’ies to 1999 in investment banks Carnegie and Alfred Berg in various analytical and sales functions. In 1999 he joined TDC, Danish incumbent telecom provider, as IRO. From 2006 to 2011 he was IR Director in Tryg, the second largest Nordic insurer.
Previously board member in DIRF, Carnegie Asset Administration and Skagen Funds.
LEONHARDT PIHL – DIRECTOR, DANISH SHAREHOLDERS ASSOCIATION
External Lecturer CBS, Department of Finance
Previous experience include various positions within the financial sector, a.o. Head of Investor Relations, Danske Bank, Deputy Managing Director, Danske Bank International, Luxembourg and CEO, BRFkredit Bank.
PETER KONDRUP – VICE PRESIDENT, IR, CARLSBERG
Peter Kondrup has been head of IR at Carlsberg since 2009. Prior to joining Carlsberg, Peter had a long career as buy-side analyst at Jyske Bank, Danske Bank, ABG Sundal Collier and FIH/Kauphting, covering food and beverage companies.
MARK SIMMS – CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, CMI2I
CMi2i is managed by Mark Simms who was a co-founder of Capital Precision and was its Chief Executive Officer until June 2013. For 20 years he has specialized in the provision of Capital Markets Intelligence Services to some of the world’s largest companies. Prior to founding Capital Precision, Mark was CEO of Ilios Europe and has held senior Business Development positions within the Investor Relations industry, including at Thomson Financial and ICV Ltd. Mark is a regular speaker at International IR and Banking conferences, and has taught Capital Markets Intelligence Services on a number of IR industry courses around the world. Additionally, he has been involved in Disclosure Policy, Market Transparency, and Law reviews for a number of jurisdictions within Europe, the Americas and Africa.
CAS SYDOROWITZ – CEO, GEORGESON CORPORATE ADVISORY
Cas has been with Georgeson for 18 years, bringing with him five years’ experience in international investor relations and shareholder identification. While honing his skills in the US, he runs the European arm of Georgeson’s advisory for the last 14 years. He does extensive work in Asia including HK, Singapore, South Korea and India.
Cas has an expert knowledge of global proxy voting mechanics and key governance matters affecting issuers and shareholders globally. Having worked for several activists and against many more he has in-depth experience to support investors or issuers in complex, sensitive activist campaigns.
JENS BJØRN ANDERSEN – CEO, DSV
Jens Bjørn Andersen began his career as a trainee in Samson Transport Co. A/S in 1988. After he had completed his traineeship in 1990, he worked with various freight forwarding assignments until 1992, when he took up a position as Department Manager of the road transport activities of Samson Transport Co. A/S. Few years later, he assumed a position as Branch Manager in Norway with Samson Transport Norge AS. From 2001, Mr Bjørn Andersen was the CEO of Tollpost Globe AS in Oslo until he was recruited for the position as CEO of DFDS Transport Ltd./DSV Road Ltd. in England in 2003. In 2007, Mr Bjørn Andersen became the CEO of DSV Road Holding A/S and was appointed Group CEO with effect from August 2008.
interviews FROM NIRC 2016
HAND-OUT OF THE DAY
The Danish Investor Relations Society (DIRF) was established in 1988. The objective was and still is to promote communication between listed companies and their investors thereby increasing investor interest in Danish shares and company bonds.
DIRF represents some 250 members from approximately 110 companies. Members are primarily listed companies representing about 95 per cent of the Danish market cap. However, also not-listed companies, organisations, service providers and consultants working with financial communications are represented, cf. DIRF members list.
The DIRF network seeks to meet its objectives through members' meetings and conferences dealing with current IR-topics, trends and new best practices in the IR-profession, new media developments, new evaluation methods. Members' meetings normally take place 5-6 times a year.
The Nordic IR Societies take turn in hosting the annual Nordic Investor Relations Conference - NIRC in either Copenhagen, Helsinki, Stockholm or Oslo. Furthermore, DIRF cooperates with the national IR organisations, IR Society in the UK and with DIRK in Germany.
Aim of DIRF
The overall aim of DIRF is to:
- Promote general understanding of the function and significance of Investor Relations
- Promote good relationship between companies, their shareholders and other capital market players
- Contribute to a highly ethical and professional level of investor relations in Denmark
- Gather and communicate information affecting members' investor relations activities
- Promote members' views on issues affecting the stock market and trading in share instruments
- Collaborate with similar associations internationally
More information on DIRF
Tina Høilund Pedersen
Head of Secretariat
Phone: +45 53 67 84 64