Private markets

Our clients rely on our long-standing private market expertise to capitalize on inefficient markets, add diversification potential, and seek attractive risk-adjusted returns across a range of strategies.

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Leading capabilities


For decades, we've employed private market strategies to enhance portfolio diversification and pursue attractive risk-adjusted returns. Today, we offer our institutional and high-net-worth clients access to leading capabilities across a range of private asset classes. At the same time, our size and position in the marketplace afford access to a broad investment platform and market insight that are essential for success.

Private equity and credit

Senior and junior private credit, fund investing and equity co-investments focused on the North America and Asia middle markets


$6.9 billion in AUM¹
20+ years of experience

Real estate equity

Fully integrated investment platform in core, core-plus, and value-add office, industrial, multifamily and retail assets in the United States, Canada, and Asia


$17.8 billion in AUM
90+ years of experience


Fully integrated, global, sustainable timber investment solutions across a variety of tree species, age classes, and geographies


$10.2 billion in AUM²
30+ years of experience

Infrastructure equity

Equity investments in core and core-plus infrastructure assets focusing on the United States, Canada, and Europe


$8.7 billion in AUM³
35+ year
s of experience⁴

Real estate debt

Commercial mortgage loans across office, industrial, multifamily and specialty property types in the United States and Canada


$24.3 billion in AUM⁵
70+ years of experience


Customized, vertically integrated, sustainable agricultural investment solutions across a variety of commodity types and geographies 


$3.8 billion in AUM⁶
25+ years of experience

All AUM calculated on a fair value basis in U.S. dollars (USD); AUM and years of experience as of December 31, 2019. Data includes assets managed by Manulife Investment Management and its affiliates on behalf of Manulife's Canadian and U.S. General Accounts, and also certain third-party investors. Investment advisory services to third party investors and certain affiliated investors are offered by Manulife Investment Management Private Markets (US) LLC ("Manulife IM PM (US)"). Of the AUM figures shown for Manulife IM PM (US) entities, the private equity and credit team manages $2.6B in AUM on a discretionary basis; the real estate equity team manages $2.1B in AUM on a discretionary basis; the real estate debt team manages $1.6B in AUM on a discretionary basis; and the infrastructure team manages $2.0B in AUM on a discretionary basis. 

1 Represents assets of North American corporate finance and the private equity and credit group, and can include committed capital. 2 Represents assets of Hancock Timber Resource Group, an operating division of Hancock Natural Resource Group, managed on a discretionary and nondiscretionary basis for the general account, its affiliates, and third-party clients. 3 Represents assets of North American corporate finance and Manulife Capital. 4 Experience of North American corporate finance. 5 Represents assets including both loans under management and loans serviced, but excludes Manulife Bank residential mortgages, commercial mortgages, and agriculture, managed on a discretionary and nondiscretionary basis for the general account, its affiliates, and third-party clients. 6 Represents assets of Hancock Agricultural Investment Group, an operating division of Hancock Natural Resource Group, managed on a discretionary and nondiscretionary basis for the general account, its affiliates, and third-party clients.

A long-term, risk-conscious approach

Across our private market strategies is a long-term focus, a risk-conscious investment philosophy, in-house sector expertise, and strong internal governance. Our private market business units are supported by board governance and investment committees with independent legal, compliance, and risk teams that hold deep asset management expertise.

A commitment to investing responsibly

Responsible stewardship of our clients' capital is integral to our business and culture, and we seek to be a global leader in creating long-term value for our stakeholders. The incorporation of ESG considerations starts with the integration of ESG factors into our investment analysis and due diligence process. In segments where we own and operate assets, we hold ourselves to a high standard of stewardship and sustainability. We do this to both protect and grow the value of those assets and for the benefit of the communities they touch. Where we don't directly own assets, we're committed to intensive due diligence and engagement with our partners and asset owners.

We manage 5.6 million acres of timberland, of which 100% is third-party certified and has protected over 470,000 acres of sensitive lands.¹

We've helped pioneer the Sustainable Agriculture Program (SAP) standard, a third-party certification system that provides performance-based assurance of farming practices. 

Our infrastructure team has invested approximately $9.3 billion in the renewables space.²

Nearly 50 million square feet—80% of our real estate equity portfolio—is certified to a green building standard, such as LEED, ENERGY STAR or BOMA BEST.²

Figures include discretionary and non-discretionary assets managed on behalf of the general account, its affiliates, and third-party clients. 1 Information is as of October 31, 2019. 2 Information is as of December 31, 2018.

Timber and agriculture sustainability report

As a steward of agricultural and forest holdings, we're committed to conducting all of our business activities in a manner that recognizes the need to preserve and enhance the quality of our environment and local communities, empower our people, and provide market rate returns for our clients. Simply put, adopting sustainable and responsible Investing practices is who we are and how we do business.

Read our sustainability report for timber and agriculture

Real estate sustainability report

Our approach to sustainability in real estate is based on responsible property investment that aligns with global standards. This means we incorporate ESG considerations into all our investment management and operational practices across the real estate value chain, from asset acquisition through property management and leasing.

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