Manulife Asset Management Adds New U.S. Small Cap Equity Team

- Expands equity capabilities with veteran team managing Small Cap Value and 
Small Cap Core Strategies 
- Follows series of acquisitions adding Global Core Equity, International 
Value, U.S. Core/Value, U.S. Large Cap Growth, and Canadian Core Equity 
managers over the past two years 
BOSTON, March 26, 2013 /CNW/ - Manulife Asset Management has expanded its 
global equity capabilities with the creation of a new U.S. Small Cap equity 
team that moved to the firm from UBS Global Asset Management. Bill Talbot, 
CFA, Senior Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager, leads the team, 
which also includes Joseph Nowinski, Managing Director and Portfolio Manager; 
Travis Schaftenaar, CFA, CPA, Director and Senior Investment Analyst; and 
Vikram Kaura, Director and Senior Investment Analyst. The team reports to 
Christopher Conkey, Global Chief Investment Officer of Manulife Asset 
Management, and is based in Chicago, Illinois. 
"Bill and the new team bring to Manulife Asset Management an established track 
record of outperformance in the small cap equity space," said Mr. Conkey. 
"Adding their considerable investment management strengths represents a 
significant step forward in expanding our U.S. small cap equity capabilities. 
We believe their fundamentally-oriented investment process and diligent risk 
management practices is a strong cultural fit with Manulife Asset Management's 
growing equity strategy lineup." 
The new small cap team employs a disciplined bottom-up fundamental research 
approach, based on the belief that investing in small cap stocks with cash 
flow and earnings growth visibility, attractive valuations and manageable risk 
over the long-term will result in outperformance. The approach has led to 
proven results. In the Q4 2012 published rankings by eVestment, their US Small 
Cap Value strategy ranked in the first or second quartile for the one, three 
and five years ending December 31, 2012. Similarly, their US Small Cap Core 
Equity strategy ranked either first or second quartile for the one, three, 
five and seven years ending December 31, 2012. 
Mr. Talbot, a 24-year industry veteran, joins Manulife Asset Management from 
UBS where since 1997 he focused exclusively on US small cap investing. His 
responsibilities included fundamental and industry-level research for consumer 
discretionary and utilities. Prior to UBS, he invested in private debt and 
equity for the Travelers Companies. There he financed expansion, buyouts, 
recapitalizations, and spin-offs. He initiated some of Travelers' earliest 
non-US investments and represented the company on two private equity fund 
advisory boards. Mr. Talbot is a graduate of Trinity College, and obtained a 
MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College. 
Mr. Nowinski also joins from UBS where he was Co-Portfolio Manager of the U.S. 
Small Cap Value Portfolio. His responsibilities included portfolio 
construction and maintaining the integrity of the research process for the 
small cap equity team. He focused exclusively on U.S. small cap investing 
where his responsibilities included fundamental and industry-level research 
for energy, materials and industrials. Prior to joining UBS in 2005, Mr. 
Nowinski spent six years with Citigroup Global Asset Management as a senior 
equity analyst, covering the retail, healthcare services, and REIT sectors. He 
is a graduate of DePaul University. 
Mr. Schaftenaar was with UBS prior to joining Manulife Asset Management, 
working on small cap analysis of the healthcare sector, including 
pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and biotechnology. Prior to joining UBS in 
2004, he worked for Lincoln Capital Management, where he analyzed the retail 
and consumer products industries. Mr. Schaftenaar also worked in public 
accounting as a CPA for six years. He obtained a BA from Michigan State 
University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. 
Mr. Kaura also was previously with UBS, covering the small cap technology 
sector. Prior to joining the UBS Small Cap Team in 2006, he spent six years as 
a sell-side analyst focusing on technology stocks at RBC Capital Markets, 
Piper Jaffray, and Collins Stewart, and also worked for ten years in 
technology research and product development at GE and Rockwell Automation.  He 
obtained a BS from Panjab University (India), an MS from the University of 
Wisconsin and an MBA from the University of Chicago. 
The creation of Manulife Asset Management's new U.S. Small Cap Equity team 
follows a series of recent additions of investment managers. Earlier this 
month, Paul Boyne and Doug McGraw joined the firm, adding Global Core Equity 
capabilities. A Canadian Core Equity team was launched by Monika Skiba, CFA in 
October 2011.  In July 2011, a group of investment management professionals 
led by W. Shannon Reid, CFA, added U.S. Large Cap Growth capabilities. In 
February 2011, the former Optique Capital team led by Wendell L. Perkins, CFA, 
joined to deepen the firm's International Value Equity capabilities.  And in 
January 2011, veteran investment managers Walter T. McCormick, CFA, and Emory 
W. (Sandy) Sanders, Jr., CFA, joined Manulife Asset Management to lead a new 
U.S. Core Value Equity team. 
Past performance is not indicative of future results. 
About Manulife Asset Management Manulife Asset Management is the global asset 
management arm of Manulife Financial. Manulife Asset Management provides 
comprehensive asset management solutions for institutional investors and 
investment funds in key markets around the world. Manulife Asset Management 
also provides investment management services to affiliates' retail clients 
through product offerings of Manulife and John Hancock. This investment 
expertise extends across a broad range of asset classes including equity, 
fixed income and alternative investments such as real estate, timber, 
farmland, as well as asset allocation strategies. 
Manulife Asset Management has offices with full investment capabilities in the 
United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, 
Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Philippines. In 
addition, it has a joint venture asset management business in China, Manulife 
TEDA. It also has operations in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and Uruguay. 
John Hancock Asset Management, Hancock Natural Resource Group and Declaration 
Management and Research are units of Manulife Asset Management. As at December 
31, 2012, assets under management were C$237.6 billion. Additional information 
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About Manulife Financial 
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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$532 billion 
(US$535 billion) as at December 31, 2012. The Company operates as Manulife 
Financial in Canada and Asia and primarily as John Hancock in the United 
Manulife Financial Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and 
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