December 9, 2015 - Seeking Alpha
The Merger Fund is featured in a Seeking Alpha article highlighting merger arbitrage as an underutilized asset class poised to potentially excel, especially given the ongoing boom in merger activity, cooling equities, and the projected hike in interest rates.
November 30, 2015 - Westchester Capital Management
Westchester Capital Management Crosses $100m in WCM Alternatives: Event-Driven Fund, $580m in Event-Driven Strategy Assets
Full Article: Press Release
October 23, 2015 - International Business Times
Stemming from a Reuters article earlier this year on the Halliburton-Baker Hughes deal, commentary from Westchester Capital Management's portfolio manager Roy Behren is featured in International Business Times discussing the merger and regulatory risk.
September 30, 2015 - Forbes
Westchester Capital Management's portfolio manager Roy Behren is featured in Forbes discussing the Hudson City Bancorp sale to M&T Bank.
September 18, 2015 - Seeking Alpha
Westchester Capital Management's portfolio manager Roy Behren discusses the merger arbitrage strategy in his Q&A with Seeking Alpha.
August 22, 2015 - Barron's
Westchester Capital Management's co-portfolio managers, Roy Behren and Michael Shannon, are featured in the Barron's article, "The Merger Fund: Steady Returns From Arbitrage," which profiles the Merger Fund and highlights the merger arbitrage strategy.
June 17, 2015 - Morningstar
The Merger Fund (MERFX) is featured in a Morningstar article that highlights merger-arbitrage products.
June 15, 2015 - Mergers & Acquisitions
Westchester Capital Management's team expansion is featured in Mergers & Acquisitions, highlighting the addition of Michael Corigliano and Amy Nazimiec.
June 11, 2015 - FinAlternatives & WealtherAdviser
Westchester Capital Management's two newest members, Michael Corigliano and Amy Nazimiec, are featured in FinAlternatives and WealthAdviser articles highlighting WCM's team expansion.
Full Article in FinAlternatives: http://www.finalternatives.com/node/31048
Full Article in WealthAdviser: http://www.wealthadviser.co/2015/06/11/224924/westchester-capital-management-expands-team
May 29, 2015 - CT Financial News
CT Financial News profiled Westchester Capital Management's portfolio manager Michael Shannon. Find out what drove Michael into fund management and ways he remains successful.
May 19, 2015 - Ignites
Westchester Capital Management's director of strategic accounts and investor relations, Jody Harris-Stern, discusses MERFX in an Ignites article on merger arbitrage funds. Embedded within the article is a video featuring MERFX's portfolio manager, Michael Shannon, who talks about the uptick in M&A.
May 19, 2015 - Fund Reference
Westchester Capital Management's co-portfolio managers Roy Behren and Michael Shannon are featured in a Fund Reference article that explains merger arbitrage funds, highlighting MERFX in particular. In the article, Roy and Michael discuss why the current environment is receptive to increased deal activity and ways companies are finding growth through acquisitions.
May 1, 2015 - Barron's
Commentary from Westchester Capital Management's portfolio manager Roy Behren is featured in a Barron's article discussing the continuation of M&A activity despite regulatory intervention.
April 27, 2015 - CNBC
Westchester Capital Management's co-portfolio managers, Roy Behren and Michael Shannon, are featured in CNBC discussing how investors can utilize merger arbitrage strategies to take advantage of the strong M&A activity.
Full Article: http://www.cnbc.com/id/102602420
April 27, 2015 - WSJ
Westchester Capital Management's Merger Fund (MERFX) is highlighted in a Wall Street Journal article as the largest merger arbitrage mutual fund at $5.3 billion (according to Morningstar).
April 27, 2015 - Institutional Investor's Sovereign Wealth Center
Commentary from Westchester Capital Management's co-portfolio manager Roy Behren is featured in Institutional Investor's Sovereign Wealth Center where he discusses expecting M&A deal activity to pick up at current oil and gas prices, surrounding the Shell-BG announcement.
April 24, 2015 - Fortune
Westchester Capital Management's co-portfolio manager Roy Behren is featured in Fortune discussing how to play deal collapses such as Comcast-Time Warner Cable.
April 13, 2015 - Financial Advisor
Westchester Capital Management's co-portfolio manager Michael Shannon explains event-driven investments and discusses the potential benefits of utilizing these strategies within a portfolio in his article featured in Financial Advisor.
March 30, 2015 - Fund Action
Westchester Capital Management's portfolio manager Roy Behren is featured in Fund Action discussing fund survival during a competitive time when some providers are consolidating their liquid alternatives mutual funds.
March 25, 2015 - Bloomberg Business
Westchester Capital Management's co-portfolio manager Roy Behren is featured in Bloomberg Business discussing the Kraft Heinz merger announcement and the continued opportunity in M&A deal activity.
March 25, 2015 - Forbes
Commentary from Westchester Capital Management's co-portfolio manager Roy Behren is featured in Forbes where he discusses how Kraft shareholders could benefit from the Kraft Heinz merge and the opportunity such a deal poses for Kraft Heinz going forward.
January 20, 2015 - Westchester Capital Management
Westchester Capital Management Celebrates the One-Year Anniversary of WCM Alternatives: Event-Driven Fund
Full Article: Press Release
September 10, 2014 - Kiplinger's
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February 2014 - Barron's
M&A Funds: Sexy and Steady
Full Article: http://www.barronswc.com/profiles/2761.html
January 8, 2014 - Westchester Capital Management
Westchester Capital Management Launches WCM Alternatives:
Full Article: Press Release
December 10, 2013 - Westchester Capital Management
Westchester Capital Management Announces New Brand Identity
Full Article: Press Release
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