Vertex Arbitrage Fund Plus

- Absolutely Alternative -


Portfolio Manager Craig Chilton & Tom Savage
Firm Assets $1.22 Billion
Fund Assets $145 Million
Purchase Minimum $25,000 (initial) $1,000 (subsequent)
Type of Fund Market Neutral
Inception Date February 28, 2017
RSP/TFSA Eligible Yes
Performance Fee 15% of the amount above the high water mark
Management Fee F Class: 1% B Class: 2%
High Water Mark Yes
Valuation Frequency Monthly
Distribution Frequency Annually, if applicable.
Offering Type Offering Memorandum
Administration CIBC Mellon
Trustee CIBC Mellon
Prime Broker TD Securities Inc.
Auditor PwC


“Merger Arbitrage” is the predominant strategy of the fund; this involves capturing a profit from the discount between the market price and the “deal” price for a target company in an announced, legally-binding, merger situation. There are two main types of corporate mergers: cash and stock mergers. In stock mergers, the fund hedges market risk by selling short the acquiring company shares, while simultaneously buying the target company shares. In cash mergers, there is no need to hedge with the acquirer’s stock. In both situations the resulting portfolio is market-neutral. This fund utilizes leverage to enhance returns.


The principal investment objective is to generate consistent, positive returns, with low volatility and low correlation to equity markets. With the majority of the return in the form of capital gains the fund will be a tax efficient investment vehicle.

Portfolio Manager

Craig Chilton and Tom Savage are the portfolio managers of the Vertex Arbitrage 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 F (NL) : VRT 991
  • Class B (FEL) : VRT 992

Purchase Info

  • Minimum Investment :
  • $25,000 for accredited investors

Quarterly Commentary

Second Quarter Report, 2018 - For the second quarter of 2018, the Vertex Arbitrage Fund returned 2.03% and the Vertex Arbitrage Fund Plus returned 3.99%. We spent some time in last quarter’s commentary talking about three deals (NXP Semiconductors by Qualcomm, Cavium by Marvell Technology, and Microsemi by Microchip) that required approval by China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM). In the second quarter, two of those deals were approved and closed...

Vertex Arbitrage Fund Plus F Performance

View Class B Statistics

Class F Net Asset Value : $10.8176

As at September 28, 2018

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Cumulative Return

Since Inception*

Percent Positive Months

9.72% 6.03% 84.21%

Portfolio Details

Average Market Cap

# of Deals

# of SPACs*

$16 Billion 30 50








*Special Purpose Acquisition Companies

Historical Returns*

*Returns are based on Class F shares. Inception February 28, 2017