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Hedge fund Marshall Wace is a secret winner in the Amazon-led $575 million funding round for food-delivery company Deliveroo

FILE PHOTO: A food delivery cyclist carries a Deliveroo bag in Nice, France, June 5, 2018.  REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/File Photo

The London-based hedge fund Marshall Wace was one of the big winners following news that Amazon was leading a $575 million funding round of Deliveroo, a London-based food-delivery service.

The $39 billion hedge fund had the biggest short position in the Dutch Deliveroo competitor Takeaway.com, and the second-biggest short position in Just Eat, another food-delivery company based in London, according to the research firm Breakout Point. Both companies' stocks fell at least 4.5% on Friday on the news of Amazon's investment. 

The two bets by Marshall Wace totaled roughly $122 million, according to Breakout Point. The firm also has a $53 million short on a third Deliveroo competitor, the Berlin-based Delivery Hero. That company's stock price has gone up slightly since the news of the Amazon investment. 

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Marshall Wace, founded by the billionaires Paul Marshall Wace and Ian Wace more than 20 years ago, manages $39 billion and is partially owned by KKR. Other funds with notable shorts on Deliveroo competitors are AQR, which took a $136 million bet against Just Eat and Delivery Hero, and the Australian-based manager Platinum Investment Manager, which took an $87 million bet against Just Eat. 

AQR, Marshall Wace, Just Eat, and Takeaway.com declined to comment, while the other companies named did not immediately respond to requests for comment. 

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