TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CI Global Asset Management (“CI GAM”) today announced further details of the previously announced proposal for the merger (the “Merger”) of CI Galaxy Bitcoin Fund (TSX: BTCG), a closed-end investment fund, into CI Galaxy Bitcoin ETF (TSX: BTCX), an exchange-traded fund (the “Continuing ETF”) to be listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) as of tomorrow, March 9, 2021.
If approved, unitholders of BTCG will receive the equivalent dollar value of units in the ETF US$ Series of the Continuing ETF upon completion of the Merger. The proposed Merger is expected to take place on a taxable basis, would be considered a disposition for tax purposes and may have tax consequences for unitholders of BTCG.
CI GAM believes the Merger to be in the best interest of investors as it will result in investors holding units of an ETF, which offers increased liquidity through continuous distribution. CI GAM expects that BTCX, the Continuing ETF, will be an efficient way to access this asset class and will permit BTCG investors to benefit from the potential economies of scale of an ETF. The costs and expenses associated with the Merger are being borne by CI GAM and not by the funds. As previously announced, CI GAM will be lowering the management fee of BTCG to match that of BTCX once the Continuing ETF is listed on the TSX.
Pursuant to National Instrument 81-102 Investment Funds, unitholders of BTCG are required to approve the Merger. In addition, the Merger will require regulatory approval. A unitholder meeting will be held on April 26, 2021 and, if required, an adjourned meeting will be held on May 6, 2021. Holders of record of BTCG units on March 17, 2021 will be entitled to receive notice and vote at the meeting.
The Notice and Access Document which details the Merger will be mailed to unitholders and the Management Information Circular will be available on www.sedar.com and www.firstasset.com on or about March 24, 2021. Pending the required unitholder and regulatory approvals, the Merger will be implemented on or about May 7, 2021. Unitholders of BTCG will have the opportunity to redeem their units prior to the Merger if they do not wish to participate in the Continuing ETF.
The Independent Review Committee of BTCG has reviewed the Merger with respect to the potential conflict of interest matters and provided its positive recommendation, having determined that the Merger achieves a fair and reasonable result for BTCG.
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