Manulife Financial completes Medium Term Note offering



    TORONTO, April 8 /CNW/ - Manulife Financial Corporation (the "Company")
has successfully completed its previously announced offering of $600,000,000
principal amount of medium term notes constituting senior indebtedness,
pursuant to its medium term note program.
    The 7.768% notes due 2019 were issued under a pricing supplement dated
April 1, 2009 to the Company's short form base shelf prospectus dated March
12, 2007 and prospectus supplement dated March 27, 2007 (as amended by
amendment no.1 dated December 8, 2008 to the prospectus supplement). Details
of the offering are set out in the prospectus which is available on the SEDAR
website for the Company at www.sedar.com. The notes were offered through an
agency syndicate led by RBC Dominion Securities Inc. and Scotia Capital Inc.
    The medium term notes have not been and will not be registered in the
United States under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be
offered, sold or delivered in the United States or to U.S. Persons absent
registration or applicable exemption from the registration requirement of such
Act. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation
to buy the medium term notes in the United States.

    About Manulife Financial

    Manulife Financial is a leading Canadian-based financial services group
serving millions of customers in 19 countries and territories worldwide.
Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia, and primarily through John
Hancock in the United States, the Company offers customers a diverse range of
financial protection products and wealth management services through its
extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Funds under
management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were Cdn$404.5 billion
(US$330.3 billion) as at December 31, 2008.
    Manulife Financial Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE,
and under '945' on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet
at www.manulife.com.





For further information:

For further information: Media inquiries: Laurie Lupton, (416) 852-7792,
laurie_lupton@manulife.com; Investor Relations: Amir Gorgi, 1-800-795-9767,
investor_relations@manulife.com


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