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

FotoFlexer_Photo Mosaic 1 Blue Tint

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 »

Can Activism Survive A Down Market?

By Josh Black, Editor of Activist Insight   Davidoff Solomon is the Co-Director of Berkeley’s Center for Law, Business and the Economy. In January he wrote a column in “The New York Times” suggesting that 2016 would be the year activists met their match—not greater skepticism from institutional investors, or a new corporate governance framework, but […] Read more »

A Buyers’ Market in Energy M&A?

energy act 7

From Merrill Corporation/DataSite.com   Introduction The oil and gas sector has been a significant contributor to global M&A activity in 2015, despite a more than 60 percent decline in crude oil prices. Both strategic and financial buyers have been active in pursuing mergers and acquisitions (M&A). Oil and gas was the third most active sector […] 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 »

Visium On Activism

A Q&A With Frank Gallagher and Peter Drippé, Portfolio Managers at Visium Funds     Q1: How important is shareholder activism as a key driver of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in 2015? We believe that shareholder activism activity will continue to grow in 2015. Recently we have seen more and significantly larger companies targeted […] Read more »

K2’s 2015 Outlook – Bias To Lower-Beta Sector Specialists In Equity Hedge

David C. Saunders, Founding Managing Director, & Robert Christian, Head of Research, K2 Advisors   We think earnings growth trends should provide support for long/short equity strategies in 2015, particularly in terms of specialty managers in areas such as health care, technology and activism. Meanwhile, opportunities in relative value have continued to evolve due in […] Read more »

Visium On M&A – Treasury Dept Regs, Mega-Mergers, PE And M&A Outlook

M&A Lead Article Illustration

A Q&A With Frank Gallagher and Peter Drippé, Portfolio Managers at Visium Funds Q1: The Treasury Department recently tightened tax rules to deter U.S. companies from moving their corporate headquarters to lower-tax countries. How will these new regulations impact the current level of mergers and acquisition (M&A) activity?   The new Treasury regulations will make […] Read more »