Merger no longer most foul, as merger mania grips the market's managers

merger arbitrage

The first half of 2006 brought with it a feast of merger and acquisition activity that hedge fund managers in that space had long been hungering for. Even the asset-management industry itself was in on the action, with the largest asset-management deal in history announced in February - BlackRock's purchase of Merrill Lynch's fund management operations in exchange for a 49.8% stake in the publicly traded company. And let's not forget the biggest management buyout ever by asset size in the

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