Manulife Investments announces board of director approval to extend termination date of AIC Global Financial Split Corp. and confirmation of record and meeting dates for special meeting of securityholders

TORONTO, Feb. 22 /CNW/ - Manulife Asset Management Limited, the manager (the "Manager") of AIC Global Financial Split Corp. (TSX: ASC) (TSX:ASC.PR.A) (the "Corporation"), today announced that the Corporation's board of directors has reviewed the terms of a proposed extension of the termination date of the Class A Shares and Preferred Shares of the Corporation for an additional term of five years from May 31, 2011 to May 31, 2016 and has determined that the extension is in the best interests of the Corporation and its securityholders and unanimously recommends that securityholders vote in favour of such extension.

The proposed extension would provide securityholders the potential to benefit from a more complete market recovery of the Corporation's net asset value.

A special meeting of holders of the Class A Shares, Preferred Shares and Class J Shares of the Corporation (the "Securityholders") has been called and will be held on April 4, 2011 to consider and vote upon the extension (the "Special Meeting").  Securityholders of record of the Corporation at the close of business on February 18, 2011 are entitled to receive notice of and vote at the Special Meeting.  Further details of the extension are outlined in a management information circular that has been delivered to Securityholders in connection with the Special Meeting. 

About Manulife Investments
Manulife Investments is the brand name describing certain Canadian subsidiaries and operating divisions of Manulife Financial Corporation that offer personal wealth management products and services in Canada. As one of Canada's leading integrated financial services providers, Manulife Investments offers a variety of products and services including segregated funds, mutual funds, annuities and guaranteed investment contracts.

About Manulife Financial
Manulife Financial is a leading Canadian-based financial services group operating in 22 countries and territories worldwide. For more than 120 years, clients worldwide have looked 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 around the world. We provide asset management services to institutional customers worldwide as well as reinsurance solutions, specializing in life and property and casualty retrocession. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were $475 billion (US$478 billion) as at December 31, 2010. 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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