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John Hancock Investments launches UCITS platform in Ireland

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

John Hancock Investments has announced the launch of John Hancock Worldwide Investors, PLC, a Dublin-domiciled UCITS (Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities) platform designed to extend the reach of firm's signature manager-of-managers approach.

In a statement, the company said it would make available four of its highly rated investment strategies targeted at non-U.S. residents and UCITS model programs of its U.S. distribution partners beginning June 30.

"We are pleased to be able to provide our industry-leading manager selection and oversight capabilities to a new market," said Andrew G. Arnott, President and CEO. "Our new UCITS platform is a natural continuation of the rapid growth we have experienced in the United States and a reflection of the strong demand we have received from our U.S. broker/dealer partner firms for offshore funds that mirror some of our most popular U.S. mutual funds."

John Hancock Investments has hired industry veteran Angela Billick to lead the UCITS product platform.. Billick will leverage her nearly 20 years of international business development experience in UCITS to serve the needs of investors.

John Hancock is making available four of the firm's most sought-after strategies in a choice of five UCITS share classes. These initial strat......................

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