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Hedge fund slams HudBays slip-shod merger process

Globe and Mail – HudBay Minerals Inc. chief executive officer Allen Palmiere tried to amend the terms of a controversial merger agreement with Lundin Mining Corp. after shareholders slammed the proposed transaction, according to court documents released by a hedge fund trying to oust Mr. Palmiere and the HudBay board.

Monaco-based SRM Global Master Fund LP, which owns 11 per cent of HudBay’s stock, said HudBay’s board of directors is “incapable of creating value and serving the best interest of shareholders,” in a filing with securities regulators Wednesday. The SRM circular calls HudBay’s ill-fated attempt to merge with Lundin a “slip-shod process” that included management-dominated negotiations and “neglect” by the HudBay board. It also includes an excerpt from a text message sent by Mr. Palmiere to Lundin’s CEO, Phil Wright, on Nov. 26, just five days after the deal to combine HudBay’s Manitoba zinc and copper operations with Lundin’s mines in Europe and Africa was announced.

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