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TMCNet:  The Middle East Investor Relations Society and Rivel Research Group Launch Partnership to Bring Intelligence Council to the Middle East

[September 30, 2013]

The Middle East Investor Relations Society and Rivel Research Group Launch Partnership to Bring Intelligence Council to the Middle East

LONDON, Sep 30, 2013 (PR Newswire Europe via COMTEX) -- LONDON, September 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Rivel Research Group will expand its Intelligence Council program to the Middle East, the company announced today. The program, launched in 2009, offers investor relations professionals unprecedented buy-side perspective paired with the global IRO consensus on best-in-class IR practices. The Intelligence Council offers an increasingly balanced global perspective, with buy-side professionals and IROs in the United States, United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Asia and Australia participating in the program. Rivel Research Group has entered into a partnership with the Middle East Investor Relations Society to offer its members the opportunity to join the Intelligence Council at a discounted rate.


Maria Hunt, General Manager of the Middle East IR Society, said: "We believe that this partnership will bring significant benefits to our members across the Middle East. Assisting companies obtain access to research is key to helping IROs and investors communicate more efficiently and transparently and we are delighted to support the development of the Intelligence Program in the region." Since its 2009 inception, the Intelligence Council has emerged as a pivotal driver of progress for all aspects of communication between IR professionals and the global investment community. Rivel conducts comprehensive research into 12 pertinent topics each year through in-depth interviews among a representative sample of the global buy-side (US, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia). The program includes ongoing best practices reports as well as access to Rivel's Perspectives series, which reveals on a quarterly basis how buy-side professionals make critical investment decisions and explores their outlook for the equity markets.

"The Intelligence Council's expansion into the Middle East is a landmark moment for Rivel Research Group and for IR executives in the region who will now have access to the knowledge that improves the dialogue with the Middle Eastern investment community," said Rivel Research Group President Brian Rivel. "Rivel looks forward to a continued partnership with the Middle East IR Society in an effort to provide IROs with the tools to substantially improve their overall investor relations effort." The Intelligence Council's scope of research now includes a global IR thought leadership panel featuring senior investor relations officers in the major money centers around the world. Topics addressed by the panel include viewpoints on investor targeting, best practices for earnings calls and PowerPoints, social media and management access from over 1,000 IROs globally. The panel gives Intelligence Council members a look into how their peers approach several facets of the role of IR in enhancing the value of their respective companies.

Additionally, Intelligence Council members have unlimited access to the Concierge service, an interactive experience where dedicated Rivel staff provide personalized assistance by researching answers to member questions quickly and efficiently, all based on the data in the Intelligence Council database.

Intelligence Council members also have the option to enhance their user experience through customized company-specific studies, which are designed in tandem with the Rivel team to uncover candid feedback regarding the topics considered most important to the company and its investment constituency. A fixed number of interviews per year on a shorter, 10-question line of inquiry can be used however the member deems appropriate.

About Rivel Research Group Rivel Research Group specializes in delivering actionable insight based on in-depth measurements of the global investment community. Gathering, analyzing and interpreting investment community feedback is our only business. Rivel's highly experienced staff provide the well-informed, unbiased and strategically relevant intelligence companies need to effectively communicate with such important constituencies as sell-side analysts, buy-side analysts, portfolio managers, the financial media and other influential audiences. The comprehensive information that Rivel supplies enables companies to evaluate performance, formulate strategy and identify opportunities to achieve corporate objectives directed toward these groups. Additional information concerning Rivel is available on its website at http://www.rivel.com.

About the Middle East Investor Relations Society The Middle East Investor Relations Society, established in 2008, is an independent, not-for-profit organization with membership open to all IR, financial communications, and capital markets professionals throughout the Middle East region. The ME-IR Society is a platform for the sharing of best IR practices between IR professionals who are focused on providing clear consistent and timely information to the regional and international investment community.

For more information please contact: Claire Lavery Vice President Rivel Research Group +44(0)20-7704-2654 clavery@rivel.com For more information please contact: Maria Hunt General Manager ME-IR Society mhunt@me-irsociety.com +971-50-9847350 http://www.me-irsociety.com

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