It could be argued that nearly every industry and occupation had to be nimble during the global pandemic. But corporate access—the business of connecting investors with corporate executives — had an especially hard pivot from face-to-face events to the virtual world.
That began to turn around last year with the re-emergence of in-person conferences to levels not seen since 2020, according to top providers in the U.S., who all reported a plethora of marquee events as well as smaller meetings.
This isn’t to say demand for corporate access ever waned. In fact, it was the opposite as investors wanted more information, and providers reported higher levels of engagement since the start of 2020.
“The surge in demand for corporate access that began in 2020 continued in 2022,” according to Charles Wardell, head of U.S. Investor Access for JPMorgan Chase & Co. “Across all formats, investor and management participation in JPMorgan’s corporate access offerings remained extremely strong, and this year demand for in-person events was the primary focus.”