Ipreo, leading global provider of market intelligence and productivity software to corporations and investment banks, announced it has joined the Middle East Investor Relations Society as a Founding Member. As a Founding Member, Ipreo is one of a select group of firms to pledge support to the ME-IR Society since its establishment in July 2008. Over the past two years, Ipreo has been steadily increasing its operations and resources dedicated to servicing companies in the Middle East. The firm has in-house Arabic speakers dedicated to the MENA region. In addition to conducting shareholder and bondholder identification work for a number of corporations, Ipreo also works extensively with investment banks, agencies, and other service providers in the region in a variety of capacities, indicating a commitment and reach that few providers have demonstrated. “We believe strongly in a localized approach to service in all the regions in which we operate, working closely with local societies and industry organizations,” said Paul Lucas, EVP & MD of International Operations for Ipreo. “We’re committed to continuing to grow and enhance our services in the Middle East and look forward to working closely with the ME-IR Society in support of its member firms in this important region.” “We’re extremely pleased to have Ipreo’s partnership in our continued efforts to promote investor relations best practices in the Middle East,” said Gretchen Haynes, General Manager, ME-IR Society.