Risk Arbitrage: An Investor's Guide (Wiley Finance)

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The definitive guide to risk arbitrage, fully updated with new laws, cases, and techniques

Risk Arbitrage is the definitive guide to the field and features a comprehensive overview of the theory, techniques, and tools that traders and risk managers need to be effective. This new edition is completely updated and fully revised to reflect the changes to laws and technology and includes new case studies and a detailed discussion of computer-based trading systems. Readers gain deep insight into the factors and policies that affect merger transactions, and the new developments that allow individuals to compete with professionals in managing risk arbitrage portfolios. The book provides techniques for computing spreads and determining risk, with practice exercises that allow readers to become confident with new methods before using them professionally.

The current wave of corporate mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, and similar transactions has created unprecedented opportunities for those versed in contemporary risk arbitrage techniques. At the same time, the nature of the current merger wave has lent such transactions a much higher degree of predictability than ever before, making risk arbitrage more attractive to all types of investors. Risk Arbitrage provides the essential guidance needed to participate in the business.

  • Get up to date on the most recent developments in risk arbitrage
  • Examine new mergers and the legal changes that affect them
  • Learn how computers and trading systems have affected competition
  • Use the tools that enable risk determination and spread computation

Both the growth in hedge funds and the changing nature of the merger and acquisition business have affected risk arbitrage processes and techniques. For the finance professional who needs expert guidance and the latest information, Risk Arbitrage is a comprehensive guide.

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The current wave of corporate mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, and similar transactions has created unprecedented opportunities for those versed in contemporary risk arbitrage techniques. At the same time, the nature of the current merger wave has lent such transactions a much higher degree of predictability than ever before, making risk arbitrage more attractive to investors of every stripe. Yet, surprisingly, there continues to be a near-total lack of instructional material for those interested in learning the latest risk arbitrage techniques. Now, in the first insider's guide to risk arbitrage to appear since Ivan Boesky's 1985 classic, Merger Mania, one of Wall Street's most successful risk arbitrageurs draws upon his three decades of experience to arm you with the knowledge and skills you need to know to make this powerful investment strategy work for you. Taking a systematic approach, Keith M. Moore gets you quickly up to speed on basic risk arbitrage concepts, terminology, and equations. He then walks you, step-by-step, through all the elements of the risk arbitrage process. And, with the help of numerous case studies and vignettes, he describes a complete methodology for safely navigating your way through the world of risk arbitrage. From researching prospects and determining your position, to hedging and trading tactics, Moore arms you with the full complement of sophisticated risk arbitrage techniques with which he has consistently realized substantial returns for his clients and himself. Risk Arbitrage is must reading for finance and investment professionals who want to take advantage of the nearly limitless opportunities afforded by today's rapidly changing global business environment.

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Praise for Risk Arbitrage an Investor's Guide

"Never in history have there been so many mergers and takeovers like those in the late '90s! Keith Moore's Risk Arbitrage: An Investor's Guide is the first systematic attempt to break the silence around the secrets of the investment and trading strategy that exploits these corporate restructurings: risk arbitrage. This is not just a book about the secrets of risk arbitrage but a real textbook and investor's guide on how to trade the risk arbitrage special situations and about the risk arbitrage industry including hedge funds."
—Gabriel Burstein Head of Specialized Equity Sales and Trading Daiwa Europe, London

"I am delighted that Keith Moore has been able to write a book describing the business of risk arbitrage in such a user-friendly way. This is a work that will prove useful to investors ranging from novices to professionals and should be especially helpful to those teaching finance courses at our colleges and universities. Congratulations, Keith, on accomplishing what none of your predecessors could."
—George A. Kellner CEO, Kellner, DiLeo & Co.

"This book fills a surprising void on the subject of arbitrage at a time that could not be more propitious. It is written clearly and comprehensively and should be helpful to all who are interested in the subject, regardless of experience."
—Albert B. Cohen Albert B. Cohen Partners, LP

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