Our integrated private capital approach

Private Credit PE Funds Equity Co-Investments

Founded in 1862, John Hancock Life Insurance Company has provided private capital financing solutions to the U.S. middle market companies for decades.

John Hancock Life Insurance Company established the Hancock Capital Management team in 2001 to spearhead capital financing activities.

In 2004, Manulife, a Canada-based insurance company, and John Hancock merged making the combined organization the largest life insurer in Canada, second largest in North America and fifth largest in the world. We operate primarily as John Hancock in the U.S. and as Manulife in other parts of the world.

Hancock Capital Management was unified under the Manulife Investment Management brand in 2019, which brought Manulife’s institutional, retail and retirement wealth and asset management businesses and financing businesses around the world together under a single, new brand.

Manulife Investment Management, through Hancock Capital Management and its predecessors, has sponsored six third-party funds to invest in Private Credit transactions as well as one third-party fund to invest in Equity Co-Investments alongside John Hancock and a fund-of-funds product.


    1994 Senior members of current HCM team begin making private credit and equity investments as members of John Hancock’s Investment Team
    1998 John Hancock launches its first Private Credit Fund
    2001 John Hancock’s investment team forms Hancock Capital Management with a focus on private credit and equity investments for John Hancock and third parties
    2002 Second Private Credit Fund launched
    2004 Third Private Credit Fund launched
    2006 HCM expands its private equity focus and formalizes its Private Equity Fund Investment and Equity Co-Investment programs
    2007 Fourth Private Credit Fund launched
    2012 Fifth Private Credit Fund launched
    2017 First Equity Co-Investment Fund launched. HCM expands its Private Credit platform to include Senior Debt
    2018 Hancock Capital Management combines with Manulife Capital, the organization’s Canada-focused Private Equity and Credit operations adding resources and strengthening our capabilities across the firm globally
Sixth private credit fund launched
    2019 Hancock Capital Management rebrands under Manulife Investment Management
First fund-of-funds product launched
Secondaries business launched