Shareholder Sues GLG, Challenges Man Deal

May 25 2010 | 12:04pm ET

A GLG Partners shareholder has sued the hedge fund, arguing that its deal to be acquired by the Man Group undervalues its shares.

The deal would create the world’s largest hedge fund manager, with some $63 billion in assets, at the expense of GLG’s investors, Ron Duva alleges. “The timing of the proposed transaction has been engineered to take advantage of a recent decline in the trading price” of GLG shares, the lawsuit, filed in Delaware Chancery Court, claims.

Man has agreed to pay $4.50 per share for GLG, a 55% premium to its stock price when the deal was announced on May 17. It’s still more than GLG shares are trading for today, about $4.22, and only slightly below its 52-week high of $4.61. But that is still less than half what GLG shares were valued when the firm went public on the New York Stock Exchange via a reverse-merger.

Duva’s lawsuit also alleges that the Man deal “contains provisions designed to entrench management and deter alternative offers,” specifically challenging both the $48 million breakup fee that GLG would have to pay if it backs out of the deal, and the provision paying GLG executives in Man shares rather than in cash, as other GLG shareholders will be paid.

GLG called the lawsuit “entirely without merit.”

Man is paying $1.6 billion for GLG, which manages $23.7 billion.


In Depth

Bob Doll's Ten Market Predictions For 2016

Jan 7 2016 | 9:37pm ET

Well-known market strategist Robert Doll has published his annual list of ten predictions...

Lifestyle

Citadel's Ken Griffin Donates $40M To New York's Museum of Modern Art

Dec 22 2015 | 9:23pm ET

Citadel founder Ken Griffin has donated $40 million to New York’s Museum of Modern...

Guest Contributor

Hedge Fund Marketing - Making the Most of Your Salesperson

Jan 20 2016 | 8:11pm ET

In this contributed article, Bruce Frumerman of Frumerman & Nemeth takes a close...