John Hancock Tax-Advantaged Global Shareholder Yield Fund Announces Results From Special Meeting Of Shareholders

 John Hancock Tax-Advantaged Global Shareholder Yield Fund Announces Results
                     From Special Meeting Of Shareholders

PR Newswire

BOSTON, June 27, 2013

BOSTON, June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- John Hancock Tax-Advantaged Global
Shareholder Yield Fund (NYSE: HTY) (the "Fund"), a closed-end fund advised by
John Hancock Advisers, LLC, announced today that shareholders voted in favor
of the proposal presented for shareholder approval at the special meeting held

At their special meeting of shareholders, shareholders of the Fund approved a
new subadvisory agreement for the Fund with Epoch Investment Partners, Inc.
("Epoch"), which is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fund's
portfolio investments, other than the Fund's options strategy. As previously
announced, it was necessary to submit a new subadvisory agreement to
shareholders for their approval as a result of an acquisition of Epoch's
parent company, Epoch Holding Corporation, by The Toronto Dominion Bank. The
compensation payable to Epoch under the new subadvisory agreement is the same
as under the prior subadvisory agreement.

Statements in this press release that are not historical facts are
forward-looking statements as defined by the United States securities laws.
You should exercise caution in interpreting and relying on forward-looking
statements because they are subject to uncertainties and other factors which
are, in some cases, beyond the Fund's control and could cause actual results
to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements.

An investor should consider a Fund's investment objectives, risks, charges and
expenses carefully before investing.

About John Hancock Funds

The Boston-based mutual fund business unit of John Hancock Financial, John
Hancock Funds, manages more than $91billion in open-end funds, closed-end
funds, college savings assets, retirement plans and related party assets for
individual and institutional investors at March 31, 2013.

About John Hancock Financial and Manulife Financial Corporation

John Hancock Financial is a division of Manulife Financial, a leading
Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia,
Canada and the United States. Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and
Asia, and primarily as John Hancock in the United States, the Company offers
clients a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth management
services through its extensive network of employees, agents and distribution
partners. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries
were Cdn$555 billion (US$547 billion) at March 31, 2013.

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

The John Hancock unit, through its insurance companies, comprises one of the
largest life insurers in the United States. John Hancock offers a broad range
of financial products and services, including life insurance, annuities, fixed
products, mutual funds, 401(k) plans, long-term care insurance, college
savings, and other forms of business insurance. Additional information about
John Hancock may be found at

SOURCE John Hancock Funds

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