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Merger Arbitrage Hedge Funds

9 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2006  

Stanley B. Block

Texas Christian University - M.J. Neeley School of Business


Because hedge funds tend to be market neutral, they have made it increasingly difficult for traditional portfolio managers to hide behind comparative performance matrices (such as Standard & Poor's 500 Stock Index) in times of flat or declining markets (such as 2000-2002). Of particular interest among hedge funds is the merger arbitrage hedge play. This article examines the various forms of merger arbitrage based on cash transactions and stock transactions. The important message is that by carefully assessing the likelihood and time period for consummation, appropriate returns can be earned in different types of market environments.

JEL Classification: G2, G3

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Block, Stanley B., Merger Arbitrage Hedge Funds. Journal of Applied Finance, Vol. 16, No. 1, Spring/Summer 2006. Available at SSRN:

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Texas Christian University - M.J. Neeley School of Business ( email )

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