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Manulife Asset Management Hires New Emerging Markets Debt Portfolio Management Team

BOSTON, May 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Manulife Asset Management announced it has added a new Emerging Markets Debt portfolio management team, its third such addition of seasoned portfolio managers in as many months. Effective immediately, Roberto Sanchez-Dahl, CFA, and Paolo H. Valle have joined the firm as Managing Directors and senior portfolio managers; they will be members of Manulife Asset Management's global fixed income team.

They will manage an emerging markets debt strategy for institutional clients and certain wealth management businesses of Manulife Financial and John Hancock, and will report to Christopher Conkey, Global Chief Investment Officer of Manulife Asset Management. The team will also support other global debt strategies investing in emerging market debt.

"We are very pleased to add portfolio managers of the caliber of Roberto and Paolo to our global fixed income team, and welcome them to Manulife Asset Management. Their well-defined investment process and disciplined approach to alpha generation in EM debt represents a strong cultural fit with our investment organization. We believe that emerging markets debt, along with other global debt and equity strategies, will continue to be key areas of interest for our clients and investors, offering diversification and potential for attractive long-term returns," said Mr. Conkey.

Mr. Sanchez-Dahl most recently was with Federated Investment Management Company, since 2001 as an emerging markets senior portfolio manager, and as an investment analyst since 1997. He previously served as an associate in the Credit Department at Goldman Sachs in New York City, from 1994 to 1997. He began his career with Moody's Investors Service in New York. He holds a BS in mechanical electric engineering from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, an associate degree in corporate finance from Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico, and an MBA from Columbia University in New York.

Mr. Valle served, since 2004, as a Vice President at Federated Investment Management and most recently was an emerging markets senior portfolio manager. Previously, he was Chief Investment Officer of Ramirez Asset Management in New York City, from 2001 to 2004. Prior to that, he was a managing partner with Valle Advisors, and a first vice president and Head of the Emerging markets and International Fixed Income group with Merrill Lynch Investment Management, both in Princeton, New Jersey. He holds an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, and a BS in business administration from the Universidad del Pacifico in Lima, Peru.

The team's disciplined approach has driven proven investment performance. As of March 31, 2013, eVestment ranked their emerging markets debt strategy in the top decile on a three-year basis, and top quartile on a five-year basis when evaluated in the Emerging Markets Fixed Income-Hedged universe 1.

Manulife Asset Management's new Emerging Markets Debt team is the firm's third addition of portfolio management teams this year, helping to build out the firm's product set and expand the depth and breadth of its global equity and fixed income teams.

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