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Manulife Investments announces dissolution of Copernican International Financial Split Corp

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Manulife Investments announces dissolution of Copernican International Financial Split Corp

14:35 EST Wednesday, November 27, 2013

TSX/NYSE/PSE: MFC    SEHK:945 

TORONTO, Nov. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Manulife Asset Management Limited, the manager of Copernican International Financial Split Corp. (TSX: CIR.PR.A; CIR) ("Copernican Financial Split"), today announced that due to the number of Preferred Shares retracted under the Special Retraction Right, the board of directors has decided, as described in the management information circular dated September 27, 2013, not to proceed with the Proposal and will take the necessary steps to dissolve Copernican Financial Split. Copernican Financial Split will redeem all Class A Shares and Preferred Shares on December 2, 2013. The payment date for the final redemption will be December 12, 2013. The Preferred Shares and Class A Shares of Copernican Financial Split will be delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange at the close of business November 28, 2013.

Certain statements included in this news release constitute forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, those identified by the expressions "expect", "intend", "will" and similar expressions to the extent they relate to the Corporation and/or the manager. The forward-looking statements are not historical facts but reflect the Corporation's and/or the manager's current expectations regarding future results or events. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations. Although the Corporation and/or the manager believes that the assumptions inherent in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and, accordingly, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements due to the inherent uncertainty therein. Neither the Corporation nor the manager undertake any obligation to update publicly or otherwise revise any forward-looking statement or information whether as a result of new information, future events or other such factors which affect this information, except as required by law.

About Manulife Investments Manulife Investments is the brand name describing certain Canadian subsidiaries and operating divisions of Manulife Financial Corporation that offer personal wealth management products and services in Canada. As one of Canada's leading integrated financial services providers, Manulife Investments offers a variety of products and services including segregated fund contracts, mutual funds, annuities, guaranteed interest contracts and structured products. Manulife Structured Products are managed by Manulife Asset Management Limited.

About Manulife Financial Manulife Financial is a leading Canada-based financial services group with 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$575 billion (US$559 billion) as at September 30, 2013. The Company operates as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia and primarily as John Hancock in the United States.

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 manulife.com. 

SOURCE Manulife Financial Corporation

For further information: <p> <b>Media Contact:</b><br/> Brooke Tucker-Reid<br/> Media Relations Consultant<br/> Manulife Financial<br/> 416-434-0635<br/> <a href="mailto:brooke_tucker-reid@manulife.com">brooke_tucker-reid@manulife.com</a> </p>

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