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Water Island Capital Hires New Senior Investment Risk Manager

Water Island Capital is pleased to announce Nikhil Miraj has joined our team of skilled professionals as a Senior Investment Risk Manager. Nikhil has a deep background in both risk management and quantitative analysis, with a breadth of experience in portfolio risk decomposition, performance attribution, portfolio optimization, building multi-factor models, building and implementing asset allocation models, and conducting scenario analysis. He arrives from Chilton Investment Company, where he had served as Vice President of Risk and Quantitative Analysis since 2011. Prior to Chilton, Nikhil served as an Equity Analyst at Thomson Horstmann & Bryant, conducting both fundamental and quantitative analysis. He began his career in finance at Standard and Poor’s, serving as both an Associate in Structured Finance and as a Client Quantitative Analyst working with ClariFI. Prior to his career in finance, Nikhil was a successful engineer. Most notably, he worked at General Electric, where he developed processes to manufacture components for NASA and the defense industry, including a new breed of ceramic composite panels that helped resolve issues that helped improve the safety of the Space Shuttle.

Nikhil holds an MBA in Finance and Financial Instruments & Markets from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University, a Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and a Bachelor of Technology in Ceramic Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology.

Nikhil will partner with our investment team to manage the portfolio and risk optimization processes and to contribute to asset allocation decisions. He will also work closely with our technology and data analytics team, which is responsible for building and maintaining the infrastructure that supports risk aggregation and risk monitoring across our portfolios. We are excited to work with Nikhil and we look forward to the contributions he will make to the future growth of our firm and to our ability to execute on our commitment to our clients. Should you have any questions about Water Island Capital’s approach to risk management, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your client representative.

Arbitrage Funds 2018 Year-End Distributions

The Arbitrage Funds will be making the following year-end distribution payments for 2018 with a record date of 12/12/18, an ex-dividend/reinvest date of 12/13/18, and a payable date of 12/14/18:

Arbitrage Institutional
Class A
Class C
Ordinary Income $0.09841 $0.06303 $0.06867 $0.00000
Short-Term Capital Gain $0.13372 $0.13372 $0.13372 $0.13372
Long-Term Capital Gain $0.02136 $0.02136 $0.02136 $0.02136
Total $0.25349 $0.21811 $0.22375 $0.15508
Total % of Record Date NAV 1.90% 1.69% 1.73% 1.26%

Arbitrage Event-Driven Institutional
Class A
Class C
Ordinary Income $0.16619 $0.13867 $0.14493 $0.05361
Short-Term Capital Gain $0.00000 $0.00000 $0.00000 $0.00000
Long-Term Capital Gain $0.00000 $0.00000 $0.00000 $0.00000
Total $0.16619 $0.13867 $0.14493 $0.05361
Total % of Record Date NAV 1.74% 1.47% 1.53% 0.58%

Water Island Credit
Class A
Class C
Ordinary Income $0.00000 $0.00000 $0.00000 $0.00000
Short-Term Capital Gain $0.00000 $0.00000 $0.00000 $0.00000
Long-Term Capital Gain $0.00000 $0.00000 $0.00000 $0.00000
Total $0.00000 $0.00000 $0.00000 $0.00000
Total % of Record Date NAV 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%

Water Island Long/Short Institutional
Class A
Class C
Ordinary Income $0.00000 $0.00000 $0.00000 $0.00000
Short-Term Capital Gain $0.18401 $0.18401 $0.18401 $0.18401
Long-Term Capital Gain $0.02002 $0.02002 $0.02002 $0.02002
Total $0.20403 $0.20403 $0.20403 $0.20403
Total % of Record Date NAV 2.09% 2.09% 2.09% 2.09%

The Arbitrage Funds Announce the Appointment of Two New Trustees to Fund Board

New York, New York, Oct. 31, 2018 – The Arbitrage Funds is pleased to announce the appointment of two new trustees, Nancy M. Morris and Christina Chew, to our fund board, effective immediately.

Nancy Morris brings over 30 years of leadership experience in government and the investment management industry. She served as Secretary of the Securities and Exchange Commission and Deputy Chief Counsel of the Division of Investment Management. Her industry experience includes some of the largest asset management and mutual fund firms, including Wellington Management Company, T. Rowe Price, and Allianz Global Investors. Nancy also chaired the Investment Company Institute (ICI) Chief Compliance Officer Committee and served on the ICI’s Liquidity Rule Implementation Working Group. Ms. Morris received a JD from the University of Idaho and a BA from Hartwick College.

Christina Chew is a seasoned investment management professional who joined Water Island Capital, advisor to The Arbitrage Funds, in 2013. In addition to now serving on The Arbitrage Funds trust board, she serves as Senior Managing Partner of Water Island Capital where she has management oversight responsibility for client service and marketing, risk and operational infrastructure, capital raising functions and accounting and administration. She is also responsible for firm-wide strategic planning and new product development. Ms. Chew received an MBA from The Wharton School, an MA from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA from Columbia College.

Founder of Water Island Capital and Chairman of The Arbitrage Funds Trust, John S. Orrico, stated, “We are delighted that Nancy and Christina are joining our fund board. Both individuals bring unique perspectives and deep experience that will enhance our board discussions. In addition, our board strongly believes that diversity drives better decision making. The appointment of Nancy and Christina will complement the diversity of The Arbitrage Funds’ board – which will benefit our shareholders.”

With the appointment of Mss. Morris and Chew, The Arbitrage Funds' board consists of 7 members, including: John S. Orrico, Founder & Chief Investment Officer of Water Island Capital; John C. Alvarado, CFO of Magnum Development LLC; Robert P. Herrmann, President & CEO of Discovery Data; Stephen R. Byers, Independent Director and Consultant; and Francis X. Tracy, former President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, and Secretary for Batterymarch Financial Management.

About The Arbitrage Funds

The Arbitrage Funds (the “Trust”) is a Delaware statutory trust, which was organized on December 22, 1999, and is registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”) as an open-end management investment company. The Trust currently offers four series of shares to investors, The Arbitrage Fund, The Arbitrage Event-Driven Fund, The Arbitrage Tactical Equity Fund and The Water Island Credit Opportunities Fund (formerly The Arbitrage Credit Opportunities Fund) (each a “Fund” and, collectively, the “Funds”). For more information, please visit

Water Island Capital Announces Name Change and Lower Fees on Flagship Credit Fund

Water Island Capital, the adviser to the Arbitrage Funds series trust, is pleased to announce that the Arbitrage Credit Opportunities Fund (“the Fund”) will be renamed the Water Island Credit Opportunities Fund effective immediately. This name change will not impact the Fund’s ticker symbols or CUSIPs. In addition, Water Island Capital will be reducing the expense caps for the Fund and has implemented breakpoints in the management fee. None of these changes will alter Water Island’s investment objective, strategy, or personnel, and the adviser believes they will positively impact the Fund’s shareholders, as explained below.

To simplify the Fund’s name and to highlight Water Island Capital’s broad investment capabilities, the Arbitrage Credit Opportunities Fund has been renamed the Water Island Credit Opportunities Fund. Water Island Capital has been the adviser to the Fund since inception and has nearly two decades of experience managing alternative strategies in a mutual fund format. Water Island believes the new name more clearly delineates the Fund’s strategy, while highlighting the firm’s capabilities in catalyst-driven long/short credit investing.

Additionally, Water Island Capital is implementing breakpoints in its management fee, which will reduce the fee as the Fund grows, and lowering the level at which the Fund’s expenses are capped (the adviser has agreed to limit the total annual operating expenses of the Fund, so they do not exceed 0.98% for Class I shares, excluding the impact of borrowings, dividends and interest on short positions, and other extraordinary costs1). Water Island believes these changes will further align its catalyst-driven long/short credit strategy with the interests of its clients and facilitate Water Island’s goal of providing a compelling credit strategy to investors. Gregg Loprete, co-portfolio manager of the Fund, said, “These changes are consistent with our dedication to delivering attractive investment strategies to our investors at the most effective cost. My team and I remain committed to managing a portfolio focused on idiosyncratic corporate events that seeks to deliver absolute returns with low correlation to and lower volatility than the broader markets.”

All changes above are effective as of August 6, 2018.

1 Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses for ACFIX (institutional shares), ARCFX (retail shares), ARCCX (C shares), and AGCAX (A shares) are 1.69%, 1.94%, 2.69%, and 1.94%, respectively. Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses After Fee Waiver are 1.16%, 1.41%, 2.16%, and 1.41%, respectively. The Fund has entered into an Expense Waiver and Reimbursement Agreement with the Fund’s investment adviser pursuant to which the adviser has contractually agreed to limit the total annual operating expenses of the Fund, not including taxes, interest, dividends on short positions, brokerage commissions, acquired fund fees and expenses and other costs incurred in connection with the purchase or sale of portfolio securities, so that they do not exceed 0.98%, 1.23%, 1.98%, and 1.98% for ACFIX, ARCFX, ARCCX, and AGCAX, respectively. The agreement remains in effect until September 30, 2020. Without such fee waivers, performance numbers would have been reduced.

RISKS: The Fund uses investment techniques that incur risks that are different from the risks ordinarily associated with credit investments. Such risks include merger arbitrage risks (in that the proposed reorganizations in which the Fund invests may be renegotiated or terminated, in which case the Fund may realize losses), high portfolio turnover risks (which may increase the Fund’s brokerage costs, which would reduce performance), options risks, borrowing risks, short sale risks (the Fund will suffer a loss if it sells a security short and the value of the security rises rather than falls), foreign investment risks (the securities of foreign issuers may be less liquid and more volatile than securities of comparable U.S. issuers), convertible security risks, credit default swap risks, interest rate swap risks, credit risks, and interest rate risks, which may increase volatility and may increase costs and lower performance.