Fund profile: The event-driven Diva

Mon Feb 20, 2012

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Diva Synergy is one of the few event-driven funds to be structured under the UCITS umbrella and is run by Paris-based Bernheim Dreyfus.

The offshore fund launched five years ago while the version using the UCITS wrapper was unveiled in June last year. The fund’s strategy consists of investing in listed equities in Europe and North America that are subject to mergers and acquisitions transactions. It employs two sub-strategies: merger arbitrage and pre-event arbitrage.

Event-driven strategies, which are dominated by US-based hedge fund managers, have been criticised as being mostly incompatible with the UCITS wrapper because of its liquidity restrictions.

Amit Shabi (left) and Lionel Melka  from Bernheim Dreyfus

But when asked about the suitability of the Bernheim Dreyfus fund for UCITS, Amit Shabi, partner of the Paris-based asset manager, says:  "It depends on the definition of event driven that is being used....

ISSN: 2151-1845 / CDC10004H

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