Manulife Financial to expand its third party private asset management business


TORONTO, Nov. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Manulife Financial today announced the expansion of its global third party private asset management business.  The new business unit will be called Manulife Asset Management Private Markets.  The business unit will bring together specialized private asset teams that currently manage funds for third party investors, as well as provide investors access to Manulife Financial's other specialized private asset investment teams that historically have primarily served its general fund.

"We have invested successfully in these private asset classes for decades and our investment teams are among the most experienced in the business," said Warren Thomson, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, Manulife Financial and Chairman, Manulife Asset Management.  "We see a tremendous opportunity to develop customized solutions for clients that wish to invest in private asset classes."  The new business unit will be headed by Kevin Adolphe, President and Chief Executive Officer, Manulife Asset Management Private Markets.

Manulife Financial manages C$74 billion of private market investments out of its total funds under management of C$575 billion. Collectively, these private assets span across private placement debt, commercial mortgages, timberland, farmland, real estate, private equity and mezzanine debt, oil and gas and power and infrastructure assets.  Manulife Financial currently manages private assets for its own general fund, and in some asset classes, for third party investors as follows:

  • With C$22.1 billion in assets under management ("AUM"), the private placement debt team invests across a full range of utility, industrial, and financial corporations as well as power, energy, renewable energy and transportation projects.
  • The commercial mortgages team manages C$21.0 billion in AUM and provides financing on a diverse mix of office, multi-family, industrial, manufactured housing communities and retail and warehouse properties across Canada and the United States, with loans sourced through its regional offices located in both countries.
  • Hancock Natural Resource Group operates as three investment divisions:  Hancock Timber Resource Group, the largest global institutional manager of timberland, manages C$11.5 billion in AUM and 6.5 million acres of timberland worldwide on behalf of investors.  Hancock Agricultural Investment Group, with C$2.0 billion in AUM and 290,000 acres of farmland under management worldwide, is one of the largest institutional managers of agricultural real estate in the United States.  Hancock Renewable Energy Group is a newly formed business that invests in biomass renewable energy projects in the United States.
  • With C$10.0 billion in AUM, Manulife's real estate operation has fully integrated in-house capabilities and is an active investor, owner, developer and asset manager of commercial real estate. The 37 million square foot portfolio is diversified by geography and asset type and consists primarily of prime office and industrial properties, as well as select retail and multi-family residential properties in key metropolitan centers throughout Canada, the United States and Asia.
  • Manulife also has combined AUM of C$7.3 billion in private equity, infrastructure equity, mezzanine debt, and oil and gas. The private equity and mezzanine debt teams invest capital in Canada and the United States to participate in buyout financing and to provide growth capital for middle market businesses.  The infrastructure equity team invests in a wide variety of infrastructure projects in the power generation and transmission, energy, and transportation sectors.  NAL Resources, the company's oil and gas subsidiary, owns and operates over 18,770 barrel of oil equivalent per day of production in Saskatchewan and central Alberta.  Regional Power, the company's renewable energy development company, is in the business of building and operating hydroelectric power plants for Manulife and third parties with a total generating capacity of 107 megawatts.

"One of our key priorities will be to leverage Manulife's investment expertise in multiple private asset classes to manage funds for third parties," said Adolphe.  "To accomplish this, we plan to expand our asset management activities by building on the success achieved by our Hancock Natural Resource Group, in serving the needs of investors globally."

About Manulife Asset Management Private Markets
Manulife Asset Management Private Markets has investment expertise in several private asset classes, including commercial real estate, timberland, farmland, renewable energy, oil and gas, private equity and mezzanine debt. Manulife Asset Management Private Markets also partners with Manulife Financial's specialized private asset investment teams to invest in private placement debt and commercial mortgages.  Hancock Natural Resource Group, Manulife Real Estate, NAL Resources, Regional Power, Manulife Capital, and Hancock Capital Management are units of Manulife Asset Management Private Markets. As at September 30, 2013, Manulife Financial's assets under management in private asset classes were C$74 billion (US$72 billion), including assets managed by and for Manulife Financial's general fund and third party clients.

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About Manulife Asset Management
Manulife Asset Management is the global asset management arm of Manulife Financial, providing comprehensive asset management solutions for institutional investors and investment funds in key markets around the world. This investment expertise extends across a broad range of public, private, and alternative asset classes, as well as asset allocation solutions. As at September 30, 2013, assets under management for Manulife Asset Management were C$265 billion (US $258 billion).

Additional information about Manulife Asset Management may be found at

About Manulife Financial
Manulife Financial is a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. Clients look to Manulife for strong, reliable, trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for their most significant financial decisions. Our international network of employees, agents and distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth management products and services to millions of clients. We also provide asset management services to institutional customers. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were C$574.6 billion (US$558.7 billion) as at September 30, 2013. The Company operates as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia and primarily as John Hancock in the United States.

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

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Media Contact:
In Canada:
Bev MacLean
Manulife Financial

In the United States:
Beth McGoldrick
Manulife Asset Management
(617) 663-4751


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