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Hedge funds winning in M&A arbitrage

They are benefiting from record deals and lack of competition from banks to score best returns among peers

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LUCRATIVE BUSINESS: Deals such as Actavis taking over Allergan were some of the most profitable trades for merger arbitrage hedge funds last year, according to Lyxor Asset Management.

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HEDGE funds betting on the success or failure of mergers and acquisitions (M&As) are taking advantage of a record volume of deals and a lack of competition from banks to score the best returns among peers looking to profit from corporate actions.

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