As previously announced, CI GAM has filed and obtained a receipt for a preliminary prospectus for CI Galaxy Bitcoin ETF (“BTCX” or the “ETF”). After the ETF is issued a receipt for its final prospectus, CI GAM is proposing to merge the closed-end fund (“BTCG”) into the ETF, so that unitholders of BTCG will be issued ETF units having an aggregate net asset value equal to the net asset value of BTCG units exchanged pursuant to the merger. Upon receiving a receipt for the final prospectus of the ETF, BTCG’s management fee will be aligned to match the management fee of the ETF.
“We believe that our ETF is the preferred way for investors to access bitcoin versus a closed-end fund as our ETF will better reflect changes in the value of bitcoin while delivering greater convenience and cost-efficiency,” said Kurt MacAlpine, CEO of CI Financial, parent company of CI GAM. “As part of our strategy to modernize our asset management business, we’re committed to offering investors access to alternative asset classes including digital currencies.”
Like the closed-end fund, CI GAM will be the manager of the ETF and Galaxy Digital Capital Management LP (“Galaxy Digital”) will act as the Bitcoin sub-advisor for the ETF.
“As we continue our work to institutionalize the digital assets sector, CI and Galaxy are aligned in our commitment to offering investors what we believe are the most efficient and secure access points to the space,” said Steve Kurz, Partner and Head of Asset Management at Galaxy Digital.
The proposed ETF, like the closed-end fund, will invest directly in bitcoin with its holdings of bitcoin priced using the Bloomberg Galaxy Bitcoin Index (the “BTC”), which is designed to measure the performance of a single bitcoin traded in U.S. dollars. The BTC is owned and administered by Bloomberg Index Services Limited.
CI GAM believes this merger to be in the best interest of unitholders of BTCG. It will be subject to the review of the Independent Review Committee of BTCG, and the approvals of securities regulators, as applicable, and the unitholders of BTCG. The costs and expenses associated with the merger will be borne by CI GAM and not the merging funds.
CI GAM will provide more details about the merger upon receiving final receipt for the ETF prospectus and after review by the Independent Review Committee. Unitholders of BTCG do not need to take any action at this time.
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