Vertex Arbitrage Fund Plus

- Absolutely Alternative -


Portfolio Manager Craig Chilton & Tom Savage
Firm Assets $1.35 Billion
Fund Assets $101 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

Fourth Quarter Report, 2017 - The Vertex Arbitrage Fund and the Vertex Arbitrage Fund Plus returned -0.92% and -1.59% (F Class) respectively in the fourth quarter. For the calendar year 2017, the funds were up 2.52% and 3.60% respectively. The most significant event in the quarter was the widening of the Time Warner/AT&T merger arbitrage spread.

Vertex Arbitrage Fund Plus F Performance

View Class B Statistics

Class F Net Asset Value : $10.2613

As at January 31, 2018

1 Month


3 Month


6 Month




1 Year


Cumulative Return

Percent Positive Months

4.07% 90.91%

Portfolio Details

Average Market Cap

# of Deals

# of SPACs*

$15 Billion 28 36








*Special Purpose Acquisition Companies

Historical Returns*

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