Private markets

Our clients rely on our long-standing private markets 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 markets 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


    $11.7B in AUM¹
    20+ years of experience

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  • 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


    $18.6B in AUM

    95+ years of experience

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  • Timber

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


    $10.6B in AUM²
    35+ years of experience

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  • Infrastructure equity

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


    $10.4B in AUM³
    35+ years
     of experience⁴

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  • Agriculture

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


    $4.0B in AUM⁵
    30+ years of experience

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All assets under management (AUM) are calculated on a fair value basis in U.S. dollars (USD); AUM and years of experience are as of June 30, 2021. Data includes assets managed by Manulife Investment Management and its affiliates on behalf of Manulife's Canadian and U.S. general accounts, as well as 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 $4.0 billion in AUM on a discretionary basis; the real estate equity team manages $0.6 billion in AUM on a discretionary basis; and the infrastructure team manages $2.7 billion 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. This Q2 AUM figure is provisional and contingent on auditors' review. 4 Experience of North American corporate finance. 5 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 markets strategies is a long-term focus, a risk-conscious investment philosophy, in-house sector expertise, and strong internal governance. Our private markets 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 sustainability

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 5.4 million acres of timberland, of which 100% is third-party certified and have protected over 471,000 acres of sensitive lands.1


  • We've achieved our commitment to be 100% certified to the Leading Harvest Farmland Management Standard for our U.S. farmlands.2

  • Our infrastructure team has invested approximately $2.0 billion in the renewables space. 3

  • 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.3

Figures include discretionary and nondiscretionary assets managed on behalf of the general account, its affiliates, and third-party clients. 1 2020 timber and agriculture sustainability report. 2 As of May 17, 2021. Includes both third-party leased and directly operated assets. Hancock Natural Resource Group is a founding member of Leading Harvest. In addition, Oliver Williams, global head of agriculture, is current chair of the Board of Directors for Leading Harvest. For more information on Leading Harvest, please see As of December 31, 2019, in USD. The infrastructure team manages renewable energy related private equity investments on behalf of external clients and the insurance business of Manulife.

  • 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
  • Timber and agriculture climate disclosure

    We take climate change seriously. We have a moral responsibility to mitigate it, a business imperative to adapt to it, and a unique opportunity to address it. In this document, we consider what climate change means, as well as our role in assessing and managing climate-related impacts, risks, and opportunities.

    Read our 2020 timber and agriculture climate report
  • 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.

    Read our real estate sustainability report
  • Infrastructure sustainable investing framework

  • Private equity and credit sustainable investing framework


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