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Toronto long/short shop Vantage makes strong debut


An innovative fee-sharing program helps the firm exceed the typical Canadian launch size.

Vantage Asset Management, a Toronto startup that launched a long/short relative value and M&A arbitrage fund on March 1, has hit the ground running with launch assets of C$40 million ($38.9 million)—thought to make it one of the biggest hedge fund launches in Canada over the past couple of years. An established Canadian fund manager and a prime brokerage official both said the average Canadian launch was around C$10 million. Vantage has adopted an innovative fee-sharing incentive program for founding investors, which is likely to have boosted day-one assets.

While many Canadian managers begin with a domestic launch and