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Manulife Investment appoints two global heads of alternatives secondaries

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Jeff Hammer and Paul Sanabria joined Manulife Investment Management as senior managing directors and global co-heads of the firm's new private capital secondary investment business.

The investment arm of Toronto-based insurer Manulife Financial Corp, the appointment of the two former executives from Houlihan Lokey Inc. to launch a new secondary investment platform, part of a continuing effort to grow its private markets investment activities.

The Secondaries capability is part of Manulife's strategy to expand its comprehensive Private Markets platform, which includes Private Equity and Credit, Infrastructure, Real Estate, Timber and Agriculture.

Hammer and Sanabria are expected to build a global secondary investment capability that focuses on general partner-led and special situation transactions, and partners with private equity, private credit, and secondary fund sponsors.

The new business will serve the increasingly complex liquidity needs of private capital markets and is anticipated to invest in solution-oriented opportunities as well as more traditional secondary transactions.

Hammer and Sanabria expect to harness Manulife's track record as a collaborative investor and long-time fund allocator to lead, participate in and invest in transactions with general partners.

"We've been an investor in secondary transactions over a long period and we see the market has grown and evolved from where it was," said ......................

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