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2014
Brett Macneil Named Director of Acquisitions for HAIG

2014

Brett Macneil Named Director of Acquisitions for HAIG

BOSTON, (Aug 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/)—Brett MacNeil has been named Vice President and Director of Acquisitions for the Hancock Agricultural Investment Group (HAIG), the company said today.

Mr. MacNeil, whose appointment is effective immediately, will be based in Boise, Idaho and will report to HAIG President Oliver Williams. He will be responsible for leading HAIG’s farmland acquisition program, including sourcing, due diligence and strategic partnership opportunities in the U.S. and internationally.

In this role, he will work closely with Mike Rivard, Chief Acquisition Officer for the Hancock Natural Resource Group, HAIG’s parent company as well as with HAIG acquisitions managers in regional offices and with members of Hancock Farmland Services, HAIG’s property manager.

“As we continue to grow our business, we are very pleased to have Brett join us,” Mr. Williams said. “He brings a wealth of agricultural experience with more than 20 years in the agribusiness industry focused on farmland management and acquisitions.”

Before joining HAIG, Mr. MacNeil ran Scythe & Spade Company providing a full array of farm management and real estate services, ranging from basic property management to comprehensive operations and business management. Before that, he had worked at Southwest Agribusiness Services, Inc. and Farm Credit Services Southwest. He graduated from the University of Arizona with B.S. in General Agriculture and later earned an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management.

About the Hancock Agricultural Investment Group

The Hancock Agricultural Investment Group, founded in 1990, is a division of Hancock Natural Resource Group, Inc., a unit of Manulife Asset Management Private Markets. Based in Boston, it manages approximately 300,000 acres of row and permanent cropland in the United States, Canada and Australia on behalf of institutional investors. Additional information about HAIG may be found at www.haig.com.

About Manulife Asset Management Private Markets

Manulife Asset Management Private Markets has investment expertise in several private asset classes, including commercial real estate, timberland and farmland, renewable energy, oil and gas, private equity and mezzanine debt. Manulife Asset Management Private Markets also partners with Manulife’s specialized private asset investment teams to invest in private placement debt and commercial mortgages. Hancock Natural Resources Group, Manulife Real Estate, John Hancock Real Estate, NAL Resources, Regional Power, Manulife Capital, and Hancock Capital Management are units of Manulife Asset Management Private Markets. As at June 30, 2014, Manulife’s assets under management in private asset classes were C$75 billion (US$70 billion), including assets managed by and for Manulife’s general fund and external clients. Additional information may be found at ManulifeAM.com/PrivateMarkets (http://manulifeam.com/PrivateMarkets). Manulife Asset Management is the global asset management arm of Manulife, 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 and private asset classes, as well as asset allocation solutions. As at June 30, 2014, assets under management for Manulife Asset Management were approximately C$300 billion (US$281 billion). Additional information about Manulife Asset Management may be found at ManulifeAM.com.

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 forwardthinking 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 approximately C$637.3 billion (US$596.9 billion) as at June 30, 2014. 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 www.manulife.com.

HAIG Acquires Its Long Time Property Manager

2014

HAIG Acquires Its Long Time Property Manager

Acquisition of Farmland Management Services Further Strengthens HAIG’s Industry Leading Position In Farmland Investment Management

BOSTON, MA (Thursday March 20, 2014)—The Hancock Agricultural Investment Group (HAIG) today announced the completion the acquisition of its long time property manager, Turlock, California-based Farmland Management Services (FMS).
The acquisition was completed through HAIG’s parent company, the Hancock Natural Resource Group (HNRG). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“HAIG and FMS have been close, and very successful, partners for more than 25 years,” said HAIG President Oliver Williams. “This transaction formalizes our alliance and creates new opportunities by bringing the best in class farmland property manager together with the best in class farmland investment manager.”

Carl Evers, the owner of FMS, will continue as the company’s president and join HAIG’s senior management team. He will report to Mr. Williams.

“Over the past two and a half decades, HAIG and FMS have built an industry leading farmland investment management franchise,” Mr. Evers said. “As a single integrated company, we are able to better utilize our existing personnel across the organization, deepen our local connections, as well as create a more robust acquisition presence and an even more efficient asset management operation.

We are a best in class farmland investment business, with a clear line of sight from the farm gate to the investor.”

Mr. Williams said FMS has a strong brand in the farmland management marketplace and will retain its name. It will be a subsidiary of HNRG.

He added that HAIG views integrated property management as another competitive advantage.

“We firmly believe that a fully integrated operation completely aligns the interest between the investor and the manager,” Mr. Williams said. “With this transaction, we further strengthen our ability to serve clients well and increase our capacity to achieve our growth objectives for the future,”

FMS will be split into two companies on August 1, 2014, both overseen by Mr. Evers. The company’s agricultural property management staff in Turlock, California and Savoy, Illinois, will become employees of a new HNRG subsidiary, Hancock Farmland Services, Inc. (HFS) and will continue to provide the full range of property management services for both leased and directly operated properties. Employees who handle day to day farm operations on HAIG’s directly operated properties will stay in the FMS company.

About the Hancock Agricultural Investment Group

The Hancock Agricultural Investment Group, founded in 1990, is a division of Hancock Natural Resource Group, Inc., a unit of Manulife Asset Management Private Markets. Based in Boston, it manages approximately 300,000 acres of row and permanent cropland in the United States, Canada and Australia on behalf of institutional investors. Additional information about HAIG may be found at www.haig.com.

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