Investor communications is a critical area. Investor communications develop the most effective two-way communication between the financial community, a company, and other constituents helping to secure the value of the investment. Its practitioners call on a highly specific knowledge base and experiential background.
This niche’s set of requirements and necessary understanding of detailed regulations makes this the highest-paid subfield in PR. Essential to the long-term sustainability of corporations, good investor relations are the backbone of any publicly-traded company. What follows is a short list of top investor relations firms:
Finsbury. Three years ago, United Kingdom-based financial communications specialist Finsbury merged with U.S. communications firm Robinson, Lerer & Montgomery under the Finsbury name. Since then, it expanded its global reach, advising clients such as Starbucks, Charles Schwab, Verizon, Nielsen, and Alibaba. New York Times award-winning journalist Stephen Labaton stepped into the role of President in the U.S. offices of the firm in 2015.
ICR. ICR is headquartered in New York, it maintains offices in Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Beijing. It offers a highly differentiated suite of communications services, and investor relations is one of those specialties. Some of their clients include Fossil Inc., Ocwen Financial Corp., Sky Solar, Royal Dutch Shell, and Starwood Property Trust.
Kekst and Company. Kekst and Company is a leader in consulting on “special situations,” or critical issues faced by many large corporations. While it’s particularly known for its public relations work regarding mergers and acquisitions, it also addresses litigation, leadership transitions, governance issues, and bankruptcy. It advised RadioShack on its recent bankruptcy and restructuring. Other clients include Abercrombie & Fitch, General Electric, Teva Pharmaceuticals and American Eagle.
Intermarket Communications. IC is a boutique firm specializing in investor relations. The firm began in 1986, their offices are on Madison Avenue, and they have approximately 20 employees. They are a member of the Global Financial Communications Network. Some of their clients include Bank Julius Baer, BNP Paribas, Nasdaq, the New York Stock Exchange, Credit Suisse, Nestle, Goldman Sachs, and Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.
There are many others, but these are some large, strong smart Investor Relations firms.