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Bernheim, Dreyfus & Co’s merger arbitrage strategy up 3.7% in 2012

Thursday, January 10, 2013

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Amit Shabi
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - Paris-based alternative asset manager Bernheim, Dreyfus & Co. confirmed its merger arbitrage strategy, the Diva Synergy Fund, had returned +3.55% (€ class) and +3.74% ($ class) net to investors in 2012, bringing returns since inception to +27.04% and +35.74% respectively. Over the past three years, the fund’s compounded annual returns are +8.90% (€ class) and +8.46% ($ class).

The HFRX Merger Arbitrage Index returned 0.95% in 2012, after returning -2% in 2011, 5.6% in 2010 and 8.1% in 2009. It is currently up 0.21% YTD.

Global mergers and acquisitions rose to the highest level in four years at the end of last year as companies worldwide announced $692bn in purchases, the asset manager said in a release. Bernheim Dreyfus believes that the pickup in takeovers will extend into next year as American and European lawmakers take more decisive steps to fortify the global economic recovery. The asset manager also expects the cloud-computing and network-security sectors, the pharmaceutical industry and the energy space to be very active in the M&A space.

Amit Shabi, cofounder of Bernheim, Dreyfus & Co. and co-manager of the Diva Synergy Fund said: "In a difficult year for merger arbitrage and quiet M&A activity, we are happy with the Fund’s positive returns and very confident for the ......................

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