Vertex Liquid Alternative Fund

- A Genuine Income Alternative -


Portfolio Manager Craig Chilton & Tom Savage
Purchase Minimum $500 (initial), $50 (subsequent)
Type of Fund Alternative Market Neutral
Inception Date January 17, 2019
RSP/TFSA Eligible Yes
Performance Fee 15% of the amount exceeding the perpetual high water mark
Management Fee (B)2% (F)1%
High Water Mark Yes, perpetual
Early Switch/Redemption 2% fee within 30 calendar days of purchase
Valuation Frequency Daily
Distribution Frequency Annually, if applicable.
Offering Type Simplified Prospectus
Administration CIBC Mellon
Trustee CIBC Mellon
Custodian CIBC Mellon
Prime Broker CIBC World Markets
Auditor PwC


  • Low Interest Rate Risk
  • Tax-Efficient Capital Gains
  • Preservation of Capital
  • Daily Liquidity
  • Objective

    The fundamental investment objective of the Vertex Liquid Alternative Fund (“VLAF”) is to generate consistent, positive returns, with low volatility and low correlation to equity markets by investing in securities in Canada, the United States and in other foreign jurisdictions.


    To achieve its investment objectives, the Manager intends for VLAF to primarily employ arbitrage strategies, which are specialized investment techniques designed to profit from the successful completion of mergers, take-overs, tender offers, leveraged buyouts, spin-offs, liquidations, and other corporate reorganizations.

    The most common arbitrage activity the Manager intends to use is merger arbitrage, which involves purchasing the shares of an announced acquisition target company at a discount to the expected merger consideration. When a transaction is announced, the value of the cash and/or securities to be received is typically higher than the market price of the target company. The discount that the target security trades at is called the merger arbitrage “spread.” If the Manager believes that it is probable that the proposed transaction, or a higher value transaction, will be consummated in a time frame that makes the spread an attractive rate of return, VLAF may purchase shares of the target company.

    The Manager intends to use investment strategies designed to minimize market exposure which are permitted within an alternative mutual fund but may be limited or prohibited within other types of mutual funds.

    Portfolio Managers

    Craig Chilton and Tom Savage are the portfolio managers of the Vertex Liquid Alternative Fund. Both joined Vertex One in January 2010 from CIBC’s highly successful, proprietary trading group.

    Craig Chilton, CFA - Mr. Chilton has an extensive background in event-driven arbitrage strategies. Prior to joining Vertex One, he was a Managing Director with CIBC World Markets, where he spent 15 years as a proprietary trader in Toronto, New York and Vancouver. Craig began his finance career in investment banking with Lancaster Financial, and subsequently, Richardson Greenshields. Craig has over 20 years of experience in the investment industry; he is a CFA charterholder and a member of the Vancouver Society of Financial Analysts. He received a Bachelor of Applied Science (Electrical Engineering) from the University of Toronto.

    Tom Savage, CFA, MBA - Mr. Savage has an extensive background in alternative strategies and is part of the Vertex One team specializing in merger arbitrage, event-driven arbitrage, and special situations. Prior to joining Vertex One, Tom was a proprietary trader with CIBC World Markets where he was responsible for equity and derivatives arbitrage and special situations strategies. Formerly, he worked in private equity at Birch Hill Equity Partners and began his career as an equity analyst at KBSH Capital Management. Tom is a CFA charterholder and a member of the Vancouver Society of Financial Analysts. He received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

    Fund Codes

    • Class B (FEL) : VRT 1000
    • Class F (NL) : VRT 1001

    Purchase Info

    • Minimum Investment :
    • $500 (initial)
    • $50 (subsequent)


    Quarterly Commentary

    Third Quarter Report, 2019: The third quarter was relatively straightforward for the arbitrage portfolio. One notable change is that, for the first time in several years, we have some significant positions in Canadian arbitrage opportunities. There were two large subscription receipts issued in the third quarter, by Northland Power and Intact Financial. Subscription receipts are a Made-in-Canada financing solution for companies that want to raise equity financing in order to...

    Vertex Liquid Alternative Fund F Performance

    View Class B Statistics *Annualized compound returns. Returns are Net of all Fees and include reinvested distributions. Inception Jan 17, 2019.

    Current Net Asset Value

    As at November 21, 2019

    One Day

    As at November 21, 2019
    $10.2226 $0.0057 (0.06%)