Connecting the elites

London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) reports that ELITE Connect, its new platform for a wide range of market participants including public companies, investor relations professionals, institutional investors and brokers, went live today.

ELITE Connect is an open access technology platform allowing participants to efficiently engage in investor relations activity, manage local and worldwide IR relationships and discover global business opportunities, says the LSEG. Its social network functionality allows users to connect easily and companies to find new investors worldwide, streamlining investor relations activity, saving time and costs.

It adds that for investors and intermediaries, the platform is an innovative marketing tool, allowing increased visibility and access to companies.

Xavier Rolet, CEO, LSEG, said: “For over 200 years, we have been grounded in an unshakeable commitment to building markets based on transparency and trust. Now that new technologies are fundamentally impacting the way people interact and communicate, London Stock Exchange Group is offering a new solution that allows financial market participants to be the first movers in a rapidly changing environment.”

Raffaele Jerusalmi, CEO, Borsa Italiana, Director of Capital Markets, LSEG, said: “We think there is a tremendous opportunity for a modern, digital approach to Investor Relations which offers companies, investors and intermediaries greater opportunities to engage and enhance visibility in a cost-effective manner. Participants understand the power of ELITE Connect. It has the ability to unite people across the globe, making investor relations more efficient, more international and more valuable for all parties.”

Harriett Baldwin, MP (member of parliament), economic secretary to the UK treasury, said: “Digital initiatives like ELITE Connect are an innovative way of helping companies grow through greater and more efficient contact with investors. The UK is a world leader in fintech (financial technology) and harnessing the power of technology to connect companies and finance is crucial to boosting productivity and economic growth. I’m delighted to see London Stock Exchange Group is bringing together the global business and investment community to give companies more tools to access new opportunities across the globe so they can innovate, grow and create jobs.”

Francesco Starace, chief executive officer and general manager, ENELSpA, said: “ELITE Connect is a great example of how to leverage on technological innovation to reach new frontiers of engagement, opening new business opportunities, reaching new investors across all geographies and creating connections in a fast and efficient way. This is well aligned with Enel Group’s overall digitalisation strategy.”

Alex Bolis, head of investor relations, Telecom Italia, said: “The progress of technology is tangible among our customers as well as our investors. A pan-European platform is a good way of fostering growth and providing services to a qualified business community.”

John Gollifer, general manager, IR Society, said: “In many ways, the use of digital investor communications is creating a more level playing field by enabling companies to extend their reach to existing and new target audiences, while at the same time potentially offering a more tailored solution to meet the needs of a larger and discerning audience, equally equipped with online tools.”

A six-month beta testing phase with major listed European companies, investors and brokers has been successfully completed, says the LSE.

Features include: a digital ‘meeting room’, with easy to use video conference technology, document sharing and note taking facilities;a tailored participant profile page and set of social networking functionalities; a company and investor search function, with advanced filters allowing searches on company, size, location and industry; a fully embedded calendar to co-ordinate availability and schedule meetings between users.