Hancock Agricultural Investment Group Names Hugues Rinfret Director Of Resource Planning & Analysis

BOSTON, (September 11, 2017)—Hugues Rinfret, CFA, FRM, has been named Director of Resource Planning and Analysis for the Hancock Agricultural Investment Group (HAIG), HAIG President Oliver Williams said today.

Mr. Rinfret, whose appointment is effective immediately, is based in Boston, and reports to Mr. Williams. He is responsible for investment valuations, financial planning and farmland analyses for HAIG clients, assets and acquisitions. He will manage farmland investment financial models to support operations, acquisitions and investment-management for the company’s business in the U.S., Canada and Australia.

“As we continue to further expand our business, we are very pleased to have Hugues join us,” Mr. Williams said. “He brings a very strong economic and analytical background, built over more than 20 years in the agricultural investment management business.”

Before joining HAIG, Mr. Rinfret served more than a decade as director of research for agricultural investment at MetLife. While there, he built a market-leading analysis and risk-management platform, and optimized investment returns for agricultural, timberland and agribusiness portfolios. He has also served as president of Rinfret Market Insights LLC, director of industry analysis at SunTrust Bank and as an economist for consulting firm IHS Markit.

Mr. Rinfret graduated from McGill University with a B.S. in Agronomy and a Masters in economics. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and Financial Risk Manager.


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, biomass renewable energy and oil and gas. Manulife Asset Management Private Markets also partners with Manulife’s specialized private asset investment teams to invest in private placement debt, commercial mortgages, private equity and mezzanine debt. 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, 2017, Manulife’s assets under management in private asset classes were C$114 billion (US$88 billion), including assets managed by and for Manulife’s general fund and external clients. Additional information may be found at ManulifeAM.com/PrivateMarkets.

About Manulife Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group that helps people achieve their dreams and aspirations by putting customers’ needs first and providing the right advice and solutions. We operate as John Hancock in the United States and Manulife elsewhere. We provide financial advice, insurance, as well as wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. At the end of 2016, we had approximately 35,000 employees, 70,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving more than 22 million customers. As of June 30, 2017, we had over $1 trillion (US$780 billion) in assets under management and administration, and in the previous 12 months we made $26.7 billion in payments to our customers. Our principal operations are in Asia, Canada and the United States where we have served customers for more than 100 years. With our global headquarters in Toronto, Canada, we trade as ‘MFC’ on the Toronto, New York, and the Philippine stock exchanges and under ‘945’ in Hong Kong.