CSX Case Challenges Hedge Funds

New York Post- A looming decision in a heated lawsuit brought by railroad giant CSX Corp. could shut down a loophole used by activist hedge funds to hide their stake from the market.

CSX alleges that two big hedge funds – The Children’s Investment Fund (TCI) and 3G Capital Partners – used complex swap agreements with investment banks to secretly hide their 12 percent ownership stake in the rail operator.

TCI boss Christopher Hohn admitted in a bench trial Thursday to buying millions of dollars worth of swaps for CSX shares early last year.

Hohn, the son of working-class Jamaican parents who emigrated to London, disclosed his position in CSX last December and has launched a proxy contest to unseat five of the company’s directors.

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