"Delivering Effective Investor Relations in Europe Today"

Monday 11 June, 2012 19.00-22.30

Welcome cocktails & dinner
Word of welcome by Roland Bellegarde, Group Executive Vice President NYSE Euronext.
Key-note speech by Stephan Hollander, Professor of Accounting at Tilburg University:
"(IR) Reality?! The Hidden Side of Investor Relations Activities"

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Tuesday 12 June, 2012 08.30-08.45 Welcome and introduction on behalf of the IR Organisations by BIRA board member Wim Allegaert.

Tracking and measuring effective IR delivery in Europe.
Hans Buysse, President of the Belgian Association of Financial Analysts, will share insights into how analysts rank companies and what they value from IR. Award winning IRO´s will then present their "best practices".

Wim Allegaert, Director Investor Relations KBC Group

Geoffroy Raskin, Head of Investor Relations Umicore
Hans Buysse, President ABAF-BVFA
Jeroen Leenaers, Manager Investor Relations Royal Imtech
Nuno Vieira, Nuno Vieira, Investor Relations Director Portugal Telecom
Luc Van der Elst, Equity Research Delen Private Banking

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  10.15-11.00 Coffee break

Adapting IR to an evolving European landscape: market rules, actors and instruments.
We shall examine the impact that European rules (e.g. MIFID) have had on the European markets:
• the fragmentation of markets (MTF´s, dark pools),
• the evolution of new instruments (ETF´s, indices and futures) and
• the new actors (high frequency traders, short term traders, etc).
In addition, we will look at the implications of these and possible future rules for the IR function (tracking volumes, shareholder identification, interpreting share price movements, etc.). CA Cheuvreux, NYSE Euronext, BATS/ChiX, PwC and members of the European buy-side are expected to provide expert input.

Chris Hollis, Director of Financial Communications LVMH

Cyril Gerard, Head of Corporate Brokerage CA Cheuvreux
Mark Hemsley Chief Executive Officer BATS Chi-X Europe
Philippe Kubisa, Partner PricewaterhouseCoopers
Marc Lefèvre, Director NYSE Euronext, Head of Business Development and Client Coverage Europe, Head of      Listings France
Gilles Lequeux, buy-side analyst Petercam

  12.15-13.45 Lunch buffet

The buy-side view on company guidance and valuation in today´s volatile markets.
This workshop will explore the importance and practice of giving guidance and the business of managing expectations in today´s highly uncertain market environment. How is the buy-side adapting its approach to the valuation of companies and how can IR support these changes? Should long bond yields be used as risk free rates in an environment where they can change dramatically over time and differ substantially across markets.

João Vermelho, Investor Relations Officer Mota-Engil, SGPS

Vincent Gouley, President and Chief Executive Officer Watchowah
Tim Stiers, Reseach Coordinator KBC Asset Management
Dirk-Jan Dirksen, Portfolio Manager Delta Lloyd AM

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  15.00-15.15 Coffee break

Two parallel workshops:
Best practice use of Social Media in IR.
Overview of the impact of Social Media on IR. How can IR prepare and respond to trends, challenges and opportunities that Social Media bring along? What are the risks and rewards of using Social Media? How do institutional and retail investors, shareholders and other stakeholders use Social Media? Expert speakers and an IRO will highlight the best in class on Social Media in the US and Europe.

José Tijssen, Managing Director Citigate First Financial

Tjerk Huysinga, Vice President Investor Relations Europe Royal Dutch Shell
Jella Benner-Heinacher, President EuroFinuse and Euroshareholders
Dirk-Jan Dirksen, Portfolio Manager Delta Lloyd AM
Katrin Leksa, Executive Advisor Investor Relations Roundtable

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Click here for the Shell Investor and Media mobile app

Prepare for impact: Dealing with Solvency II Basel III
The new regulatory regimes Solvency II and Basel III will have a potentially significant impact on your business. Tough rules on capital adequacy and liquidity coverage, aimed to strenghten the resilience of insurers and banks, affect business profitability and prospects.
This Financial Sector workshop will update you on the implementation of these regulatory frameworks, discuss current controversies and explain how these new regulatory changes affect your company and consequently your IR.

Michel Hülters,

Steven Zietsman, Senior Manager Oliver Wyman
Gerd-Jan van Wiggen, Executive Director Financial Risk Advisory Services, E&Y

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  16.45-17.15 Conference summary by moderator
  17.30-19.00 Cocktails

(program is subject to change)