2020 MEIRA Virtual Annual
Conference and Awards

MEIRA 20/20 Vision: Driving stakeholder value

Wednesday, 23 September 2020
BNY Mellon
Emirates NBD
FAB
Instinctif
Almarai
Euroland IR
Iridium
DF King
DP World
Emperor
Link
Orient Capital
Lumi
Boursa Kuwait
DFM
PEX
Bloomberg
Al Tamimi
Institutional Investor
H+K Strategies

Sponsors

BNY Mellon Depositary Receipts leads the depositary Receipt (DR) industry in market share, with 47% of sponsored DR programs globally, including 51% market share in EMEA, as of June 30, 2020. Its Global Investor Relations Advisory team provides value-added services to DR clients in the areas of Investor Relations and Capital Markets, Market Connect (corporate access), ESG Advisory Services, and Data Insights and Analytics. BNY Mellon is a global investments company dedicated to helping its clients manage and service their financial assets throughout the investment lifecycle. Whether providing financial services for institutions, corporations or individual investors, BNY Mellon delivers informed investment and wealth management and investment services in 35 countries.  As of June 30, 2020, BNY Mellon had $37.3 trillion in assets under custody and/or administration, and $2.0 trillion in assets under management. BNY Mellon can act as a single point of contact for clients looking to create, trade, hold, manage, service, distribute or restructure investments. BNY Mellon is the corporate brand of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK). Additional information is available on www.bnymellon.com. Follow us on Twitter @BNYMellon or visit our newsroom at www.bnymellon.com/newsroom for the latest company news.

Emirates NBD is a leading banking Group in the region. As at 31st March 2018, total assets were AED 475.6 Billion, (equivalent to approx. USD 129.4 Billion). The Group has a significant retail banking franchise in the UAE and is a key participant in the global digital banking industry, with over 90 per cent of all financial transactions and requests conducted outside of its branches. The bank was declared the Most Innovative Financial Services Organization of the Year at the 2017 BAI Global Innovation Awards.

The bank currently has 228 branches and 1057 ATMs and SDMs in the UAE and overseas and a large social media following, being the only bank in the Middle East ranked among the top 20 in the ‘Power 100 Social Media Rankings’, compiled by The Financial Brand. It is a major player in the UAE corporate and retail banking arena and has strong Islamic Banking, Global Markets & Treasury, Investment Banking, Private Banking, Asset Management and Brokerage operations.

The Group has operations in the UAE, Egypt, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom and representative offices in China and Indonesia.

The Group is an active participant and supporter of the UAE’s main development and community initiatives, in close alignment with the UAE government’s strategies, including financial literacy and advocacy for inclusion of People with Disabilities under its #TogetherLimitless platform. Emirates NBD Group is an Official Premier Partner of Expo 2020 Dubai.

For more information, please visit: www.emiratesnbd.com

 

About First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

FAB is the UAE’s largest bank and one of the world’s largest and safest financial institutions. FAB’s vision is to create value for its employees, clients, customers, shareholders and communities to grow stronger through differentiation, agility and innovation.

Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, the bank’s international network spans five continents, providing global relationships, expertise and financial strength to support local, regional and international businesses seeking to do business at home and abroad. FAB is a trusted adviser and regional partner to major institutions, emerging companies and individuals seeking to do business in the UAE, the MENA region and beyond. As an engine of growth for the region, it helps clients to thrive and grow stronger by managing risk, providing access to capital and facilitating trade flows across developed and emerging markets.

FAB continuously anticipates evolving requirements, develops innovative solutions and moves in tandem with customers to offer an extensive range of tailor-made products via its market-leading Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB) and Personal Banking Group (PBG) franchises.

Aligned to the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision, inspired by global standards and guided by the expectations of stakeholders, FAB takes a leading role in fostering development and driving change towards a more sustainable future. FAB sees beyond traditional banking and embraces a challenger mindset. Its ambition is to contribute to social and human development which creates a dynamic, inclusive and tolerant society.

With total assets of AED 866 Billion (USD 236 Billion) as of June-end 2020, FAB is rated Aa3/AA-/AA- by Moody’s, S&P and Fitch, respectively, the strongest combined ratings of any bank in the MENA region. The Bank has been ranked by Global Finance as the safest bank in the UAE and the Middle East and the best bank in the UAE. The Banker’s Top 1000 World Banks 2020 list, measured by Tier 1 capital, ranked FAB as number one in the UAE, second in the Middle East and 85th across the globe – in addition to ranking the bank #109 by assets in the same list.  FAB was also ranked first in the UAE, 4th in the Arab world and 303rd globally in Forbes annual ranking of the world’s 2000 largest public companies.

For further information, visit: www.bankfab.com

Instinctif Partners is a leading international business communications consultancy with expertise across diverse
practice areas: capital markets, corporate, public policy, content & creative and insight & research. It is a specialist
in reputation and influence, with experience across numerous sectors. It works with clients across multiple and
complex audiences combining deep insights, expert storytelling and creative delivery to change behaviours,
emotions and perceptions. Instinctif Partners currently employs over 320 people in 12 offices across Europe, the
Middle East, and Africa.

The company is one of the fastest growing consultancies in its industry, and over the past two years has won or
been shortlisted for over 30 awards, recognising both client work and the growth of the business as a whole.
Accolades include International Agency of the Year 2018 & 2017 at the PR Week Global Awards, Outstanding
Large Consultancy of the Year 2018 at the CIPR Excellence Awards, Corporate Consultancy of the Year 2017 at
the EMEA SABRE Awards, and City Agency of the Year at the PRCA City and Financial Awards 2016 & 2017.
Instinctif Partners also won Gold at the PR Week Best Places to Work 2018 for Large Agency, and was named by
the London Stock Exchange as one of 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain. www.instinctif.com

Founded in 1977, Almarai Company is the world’s largest vertically integrated dairy company and the region’s largest food and beverage manufacturing and distribution company. Headquartered in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Almarai is ranked as the number one FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) brand in the MENA (Middle East & North Africa) region and is the market leader in most of its categories across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

After more than 40 years of sustainable growth, Almarai continues to provide nutritious and healthy products to consumers of all ages, with success derived from the bedrock principle of ‘Quality you can trust’. In addition to its high-quality dairy products, Almarai has diversified its product portfolio to include juices, bakery, poultry and infant formula under the brand names Almarai, L’usine, 7days, Alyoum and Nuralac. Meanwhile, the Company operates successful joint ventures with Chipita and PepsiCo.

As at 31st December 2019, Almarai’s paid up share capital amounted to SAR 10 billion, consisting of 1 billion fully paid and issued shares of SAR 10.00 each.

www.almarai.com

Euroland IR has been assisting companies in improving their Investor Relations by providing Best Practice tools and outstanding 24/7 service for years. Rather than embracing an approach that settles for being a Jack of all trades, we believe in being the master of one.

In niching ourselves and focusing on improving the web-based IR communication of our customers, we are able to provide the most technologically advanced and user-friendly solutions in the industry. Our services are second to none.

Intuitive design enables comprehensive understanding of your equity story. It is the blueprint to our tools. Making them accessible and interactive encourages users to engage further with your financial history. This is how we engage investors.

Striving always to stay ahead of the curve, we work tirelessly to reinvent and improve the way you communicate with your investors and build relationships with your stakeholders.

www.euroland.com

Iridium is the Middle East’s first and leading Investor Relations consultancy. The firm was founded on the belief that first-hand capital markets and in-house senior management experience are central to the process of converting business value into shareholder returns. Iridium possesses exceptional insight through its proprietary artificial intelligence platform, track record and depth of expertise. Our results-oriented experts design, build and operate transformational investor relations programs that help organizations and leaders engage, transact and grow – whether they are healthy, challenged or distressed.

For information visit www.iridiumadvisors.com.

D.F. King was founded in 1942 and is now one of the leading proxy solicitors in Europe. From offices in London, Paris and Frankfurt, D.F. King secures shareholder support for listed companies across EMEA in situations such as AGM‘s & EGM‘s, hostile defences and M&A transactions. Services include proxy solicitation, governance roadshow support, activist and M&A tender solicitation. D.F. King advises on more than 450 campaigns worldwide every year and helps clients to achieve the necessary majorities at general meetings more effectively. Through our many years of local and international experience in M&A, our work is valued by companies looking to ensure that their takeovers occur as smoothly as possible and that they possess a clear understanding of the ultimate outcome of a transaction well ahead of its close. D.F. King is part of the Link Group of Companies.

www.dfkingltd.com

Emperor is one of the UK’s leading providers of strategic consultancy and creative communications to listed and private companies. We turn ambition into success through the power of clear, confident and consistent communications. We specialise in sustainability and stakeholder engagement, corporate reporting, brand and employee engagement and are experts in getting the most from integrated media and channels.

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Link has extensive experience delivering Registry and Meeting Services for clients in the public, private and government sectors. In the Middle East Link provides registrar and meeting services for DP World plc, Depa plc, Orascom Construction plc and BLME Holdings plc. Link’s in-house General Meeting (GM) service ensures clients receive a world-class GM. Link’s aim is to facilitate a seamlessly run event and ensure a first-class GM that achieves or exceeds all desired objectives. We also offer an extensive range of additional services including meeting specific microsites, webcasting and proxy solicitation. Our virtual meeting service allows our clients to run a hybrid meeting, which are run alongside physical meetings, or a fully virtual meeting. We provide comprehensive services required to facilitate a virtual meeting, including full webcasting, production and conferencing services and a voting and question app. Link Market Services is part of the Link Group of Companies.

linkmarketservices.com.au

 

Orient Capital is a global leader in share ownership analysis and identification, market intelligence, investor communication and shareholder management technology. As the world’s largest analyser of equity ownership across multiple markets, we help companies identify and track their shareholders, as well as their behaviour, using either local ownership disclosure provisions or our own proprietary methodologies. miraqle is our unique web-based platform through which our products are delivered or managed, empowering companies to most efficiently manage their interaction with the capital markets and the functions that arise as a consequence of being listed. Orient Capital enables IR teams to maximise the opportunity of public ownership and to reap the benefits of good investor relations. Orient Capital is part of the Link Group of Companies.

www.orientcap.com

Lumi is the dominant player globally in the facilitation of Annual General Meetings for Companies (whether listed or non-listed), Associations, Legislative Bodies, Membership Organizations and Partnerships.

Based on proprietary, patented technology, Lumi provides software, hardware and services that assists registrars or event organizers to register delegates, provide live, secure polling, Q&A management services and relevant reporting – whether in a physical location, a virtual environment or a combination of the two.

Lumi is headquartered in Hampshire, UK where central functions including finance, product development and marketing are based, but has offices in 11 countries across EMEA, APAC and the Americas. Highly differentiated in the majority of markets where it is active, it benefits from extremely strong, experienced and renowned MDs who head up each in-country team.

Registrars play a pivotal role in facilitating the AGM process, by enabling issuers to obtain access to the Lumi platform. Lumi holds global relationships with multiple leading company registrars and has long-term licensing and service arrangements with all leading registrars across all operating territories.

Following a successful MBO in 2017, backed by Vespa Capital, Lumi has continued to consolidate their market leading positions across the globe, as well as expanding both organically and through acquisition.

Its mobile solution enabled Lumi to facilitate the UK’s first electronic AGM held by a listed company, Jimmy Choo, in June 2016. The onset of the COVID-19 global pandemic rapidly accelerated the adoption of the Lumi virtual meeting platform, expanding the number of countries in which Lumi operates to over 30.

www.lumiglobal.com

Boursa Kuwait was established in April 2014 by the Capital Markets Authority Commissioners’ Council Resolution No. 37/2013, dated November 20, 2013. On April 25, 2016, Boursa Kuwait was entrusted to operate Kuwait Stock Exchange, and on October 5, 2016, the Capital Markets Authority, in its capacity as the regulator of securities activities, granted Boursa Kuwait an official license to practice the activity of a securities exchange.

Since its inception, and through the scope of its strategy, Boursa Kuwait has played a pivotal role in the development of Kuwait’s capital market, adopting the best-in-class international standards.

The company has strived valiantly to meet the needs of the market, offering competitive investment products and services and restructuring the market and its infrastructure to increase its efficiency and effectiveness through increasing liquidity, raising investor confidence and attracting investments on the local and international level.

As a result of this strategy, and the myriad progressive market reforms the company has undertaken, the Kuwaiti capital market is a pioneer in the region and was reclassified as an Emerging Market by MSCI in December 2019. This comes after reclassifications as an Emerging Market by FTSE Russell in September 2017, and S&P DJI in December 2018.

These achievements are a strong indicator of investors’ confidence in the market and their willingness to invest in Kuwait. This is in response to the reforms implemented by Boursa Kuwait through diligent planning in collaboration with its partners and is a testament to the success of the company’s strategy to attract foreign institutional investors.

Boursa Kuwait’s ongoing market reforms have paved the way towards the implementation of operational and regulatory reforms that aim to increase liquidity and capital, establish wealth, and facilitate the exchange of knowledge in order for the Kuwaiti private sector to grow and play a substantial part in the national economy.

About Dubai Financial Market:

Dubai Financial Market (DFM) was established as a public institution with its own independent corporate body. DFM operates as a secondary market for the trading of securities issued by public shareholding companies, bonds issued by the Federal Government or any of the local Governments and public institutions in the country, units of investment funds and any other financial instruments, local or foreign, which are accepted by the market. The DFM commenced operations on March 26, 2000 and became the first Islamic Shari’a-compliant exchange globally since 2007. Following its initial public offering in November 2006, when DFM offered 1.6 billion shares, representing 20 per cent of its paid-up capital of AED 8 Billion, DFM became a public joint stock company and its shares were listed on 7 March 2007 with the trading symbol (DFM). Following the IPO, the Government of Dubai retained the remaining 80 per cent of DFM Company through Borse Dubai Limited. www.dfm.ae

For media inquiries, please contact:

Atef Fathy
Vice President- Head of Media & Public Relations

Dubai Financial Market
Tel: 04-3055334
Email: afathy@dfm.ae

PEX was established in 1995 as a private company aimed at promoting investment in Palestine the PEX held its inaugural trading session in February 1997. In 2010, PEX transformed itself to become the second publicly traded Arab stock exchange entirely owned by the private sector.

PEX provides investors with a fair transparent and fully automated trading venue. It focuses on attracting a wide range of regional and global investors including those among the Palestinian Diaspora. PEX is financially sound and able to weather a volatile world as demonstrated by its performance relative to other MENA exchanges during the global financial crisis.

Since inception, the Palestine Exchange has leveraged the latest technology to ensure maximum transparency integrity and investor protection.

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.‎

Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K) was the first global communications consultancy to establish operations in the Middle East, more than 30 years ago. Today we have 8 vibrant, interconnected and fully-owned offices across the MENA region – in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Doha, Jeddah, Kuwait City, Manama and Riyadh.
H+K in MENA provides governments, brands and businesses with world-class strategic communications counsel and localised execution across sectors and services. Our award-winning consultants are trusted advisors for integrated campaigns that drive stakeholders to think + act differently.
Headquartered in New York and founded more than 80 years ago, H+K has 85 offices across 47 countries and is part of WPP, the world’s largest communication services group.
About H+K Financial
H+K Financial is a specialised financial communications and investor relations practice across the MENA region established in partnership with Buchanan, a global financial communications firm. Combining specialist knowledge with a thorough understanding of audience and media, H+K Financial helps companies navigate the current economic climate and an increasingly sophisticated communications landscape to connect with stakeholders.

www.hkstrategies.com