Distressed is Investors’ Preference Within Event-Driven

By the Capital Solutions Team of Barclays Prime Services*   In light of the recent performance of event-driven HFs, we wanted to understand how it had affected investors’ perceptions of the strategy, and what their likely allocation plans were with regard to event driven strategies as a result. Performance versus investor expectations We began by […] Read more »

Spotlight on Merger Arbitrage at Paulson & Co

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By Hedge Fund Insight staff   Introduction – Part One This article is divided into three parts. The first part is the genesis of the article – the new supply of funds engaging in the strategy of merger arbitrage, including one from Paulson & Co. The second part is John Paulson’s writing on the strategy […] Read more »

Lyxor To Stick With Overweight in Merger Arbitrage

From Lyxor Asset Management   March has been a positive month for risk assets. As soon as mid-February, the Fed started to prepare markets for a softer stance than expected by market participants. Mid-March, it delivered at the FOMC meeting with a downward revision of growth and inflation forecasts for 2016, consolidating the rally in […] Read more »

Lyxor Favours Relative Value & Macro For 2016

By Jean-Marc Stenger, CIO for Alternative Investments, Lyxor Asset Management   Macro Themes: After navigating between Scylla and Charybdis in 2015 amid growth and deflation scares, 2016 should provide some limited relief. The sturdy, yet aging, expansion in the US should warrant the inception of monetary policy normalization this December. However, all the concerns – […] Read more »

A Bias to Event Driven and Equity Arb Over Equity L/S for DB Wealth Mgt

From  Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management*   Event-driven Equity special-situation-orientated managers and those running moderate net exposures (i.e. with long and short exposures to the market that are roughly in balance) continue generally to fare better than their credit and more directional peers. Within the merger-arbitrage sector, we prefer nimble and smaller managers which can […] Read more »

Event Driven Hedge Funds Strategy Overview

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By Hedge Fund Insight staff     Event Driven Fund Universe By Investment Strategy Event Driven Investor Universe Asset Flows To Event Driven source:Eurekahedge   Event Driven Launches By Sub-Strategy and Year   Returns From Event Driven Funds At The Index Level source: Barclayhedge                     *Funds over $100m in assets     *NOTE: The top performing […] Read more »

European M&A Targets in 2H 2014 – Graphic of the Day

The following graphic is taken from “Deal Drivers EMEA” published by Remark, a division of mergermarket. Mergermarket’s H1 2014 Heat Chart, which tracks ‘companies for sale’ stories, shows that there are likely to be strong appetites for dealmaking over the coming months. Activity is spread throughout a range of sectors and countries, indicating that the […] Read more »

Outlook for Event Driven Strategies from Quaker Funds

By Thomas F. Kirchner, Portfolio Manager, and Paul Hoffmeister, Portfolio Strategist of Quaker Funds, Inc.   The market environment for event driven strategies Credit conditions remain highly favorable for corporations to execute and complete corporate transactions. We expect the current environment, the result of two years of relative macroeconomic calm, to continue during the near-term. […] Read more »

Managing Position Size In Merger Arbitrage – VRX v AGN

By Hedge Fund Insight staff   The latest Weekly Brief from Lyxor Asset Management shows merger arbitrage as the best performing strategy this month (data up to 17th June). Merger arb is also one of the best performing strategies this year (up 3.3% YTD). The Allergan vs. Valeant Pharmaceuticals International deal was the hottest spot […] Read more »