EX-99.77Q1 OTHR EXHB 4 agreementandplanofreorg.htm AGREEMENT AND PLAN OF REORGANIZATION agreementandplanofreorg.htm -- Converted by SEC Publisher, created by BCL Technologies Inc., for SEC Filing

AGREEMENT AND PLAN OF REORGANIZATION

     This Agreement and Plan of Reorganization (the “Agreement”) is made as of September 12, 2007, by and between John Hancock U.S. Government Cash Reserve (the “Acquired Fund”), a series of John Hancock Current Interest (the “Trust”), a Massachusetts business trust, and Money Market Fund (the “Acquiring Fund”), a series of the Trust, a Massachusetts business trust.

     This Agreement is intended to be and is adopted as a plan of reorganization and liquidation within the meaning of Sections 361(a) and 368(a) of the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), and any successor provision. The reorganization will consist of the transfer of all assets of the Acquired Fund to the Acquiring Fund in exchange solely for Class A shares of the Acquiring Fund (the “Merger Shares”), and the assumption by the Acquiring Fund of substantially all of the liabilities of the Acquired Fund and the distribution, after the Closing Date hereinafter referred to, of the Merger Shares to the shareholders of the Acquired Fund in liquidation of the Acquired Fund, all upon the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement (the “Reorganization”).

     In order to consummate the Reorganization and in consideration of the promises and the covenants and agreements hereinafter set forth, and intending to be legally bound, each party hereby agrees as follows:

1. Representations and Warranties of the Acquiring Fund.

     The Trust, on behalf of the Acquiring Fund, represents and warrants to, and agrees with, the Acquired Fund that:

(a) The Acquiring Fund is a series of shares of the Trust, a Massachusetts business trust duly organized and validly existing under, and in conformity with, the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and has the power to own all of its assets and to carry out its obligations under this Agreement. The Trust is qualified as a foreign association in every jurisdiction where required, except to the extent that failure to so qualify would not have a material adverse effect on the Trust. Each of the Trust and the Acquiring Fund has all necessary federal, state and local authorizations to carry on its business as it is now being conducted and to carry out this Agreement.

(b) The Trust is duly registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”), as an open-end management investment company and such registration has not been revoked or rescinded and is in full force and effect, and the Acquiring Fund is a separate diversified series thereof duly designated in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Trust’s Amended and Restated Declaration of Trust dated March 8, 2005, as amended (the “Trust Declaration”), and the 1940 Act.

(c) The Acquiring Fund has elected to be, and has met the requirements of subchapter M of Code for treatment as, a “regulated investment company” (“RIC”) within the meaning of Section 851 of the Code at all times since its inception, and will continue to meet such requirements at all times through the Closing Date (as defined in Section 7 herein) and thereafter. The Acquiring Fund has not at any time since its inception been liable for, or is not now liable for, any material income or excise tax pursuant to Sections 852 or 4982 of the Code.

(d) The Acquired Fund has been furnished with the annual report of the Acquiring Fund for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2007, and the audited financial statements appearing therein, having been audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, independent registered public accounting firm, which fairly presents the financial condition and result of operations of the Acquiring Fund as of the date indicated, in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States applied on a consistent basis.

(e) The Acquiring Fund has no known liabilities of a material nature, contingent or otherwise, other than those that will be shown as belonging to it on its statement of assets and liabilities as of March 31, 2007, and those incurred in the ordinary course of business as an investment company since such date. As of the Valuation Time (as defined in Section 3(e)), the Acquiring Fund will advise the Acquired Fund in writing of all known liabilities, contingent or otherwise, whether or not incurred in the ordinary course of business, existing or accrued as of such time.


(f) The Trust, on behalf of the Acquiring Fund, has full power and authority to enter into and perform its obligations under this Agreement. The execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement has been duly authorized by all necessary action of the board of trustees of the Trust (the “Board of Trustees”), and this Agreement constitutes a valid and binding contract enforceable in accordance with its terms subject to approval by the Acquired Fund’s shareholders and subject to the effects of bankruptcy, insolvency, moratorium, fraudulent conveyance and similar laws relating to or affecting creditors’ rights generally and court decisions with respect thereto.

(g) Except as has been disclosed in writing to the Acquired Fund, there are no material legal, administrative or other proceedings pending or, to the knowledge of the Trust or the Acquiring Fund, threatened against the Trust or the Acquiring Fund which assert liability on the part of the Trust or the Acquiring Fund or which materially affect the financial condition of the Trust or the Acquiring Fund or the Trust’s or the Acquiring Fund’s ability to consummate the Reorganization. Neither the Trust nor the Acquiring Fund is charged with nor, to the best of their knowledge, threatened with any violation or investigation of any possible violation of any provisions of any federal, state or local law or regulation or administrative ruling relating to any aspect of their business.

(h) Neither the Trust nor the Acquiring Fund is obligated under any provision of the Trust Declaration or the Trust’s Amended and Restated By-laws dated March 8, 2005, as may be amended (the “Trust By-laws”), and neither is a party to any contract or other commitment or obligation, nor is subject to any order or decree, which would be violated by its execution of or performance under this Agreement, except insofar as the Acquiring Fund and the Acquired Fund may mutually agree that the Acquiring Fund may take such necessary action to amend such contract or other commitment or obligation to cure any potential violation as a condition precedent to the Reorganization.

(i) There are no material contracts outstanding to which the Acquiring Fund is a party that have not been disclosed in the N-14 Registration Statement (as defined in sub-section (k) below) or that will not otherwise be disclosed to the Acquired Fund prior to the Valuation Time.

(j) No consent, approval, authorization or order of any court or government authority is required for the consummation by the Acquiring Fund of the Reorganization, except such as may be required under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “1933 Act”), the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “1934 Act”), and the 1940 Act or state securities laws (which term as used herein shall include the laws of the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico).

(k) The registration statement on Form N-14 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) by the Trust on behalf of the Acquiring Fund and relating to the Merger Shares issuable hereunder, and the proxy statement of the Acquired Fund relating to the meeting of the Acquired Fund’s shareholders referred to in Section 6(b) herein (together with the documents incorporated therein by reference, the “Proxy Statement and Prospectus”), and any supplement or amendment thereto or to the documents therein (as amended or supplemented, the “N-14 Registration Statement”), on the effective date of the N-14 Registration Statement, at the time of the shareholders’ meeting referred to in Section 6(b) of this Agreement and at the Closing Date, insofar as it relates to the Acquiring Fund,

     (i) did and will comply in all material respects with the provisions of the 1933 Act, the 1934 Act and the 1940 Act and the rules and regulations thereunder; and

     (ii) does not and will not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading; and the Proxy Statement and Prospectus included therein did not or will not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact necessary to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading; provided, however, that none of the representations and warranties in this subsection shall apply to statements in or omissions from the N-14 Registration Statement made in reliance upon and in conformity with information furnished by the Acquired Fund for use in the N-14 Registration Statement.

(l) The Acquiring Fund’s investment operations from inception to the date hereof have been in compliance in all material respects with the investment policies and investment restrictions set forth in the N-14 Registration Statement.

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(m) All issued and outstanding shares of the Acquiring Fund are, and at the Closing Date will be, duly and validly issued and outstanding, fully paid and nonassessable by the Acquiring Fund. In regard to the statement that the outstanding shares will be nonassessable, it is noted that the Acquiring Fund is a “Massachusetts business trust” and, under Massachusetts’ law, shareholders could, under certain circumstances, be held personally liable for the obligations of the Acquiring Fund. The Acquiring Fund does not have outstanding any security convertible into any of the Acquiring Fund shares.

(n) The Merger Shares to be issued to the Acquired Fund pursuant to this Agreement have been duly authorized and, when issued and delivered pursuant to this Agreement, will be legally and validly issued Class A shares of beneficial interest in the Acquiring Fund and will be fully paid and nonassessable by the Acquiring Fund, and no shareholder of the Acquiring Fund will have any preemptive right of subscription or purchase in respect thereof. In regard to the statement above that the Merger Shares will be nonassessable, it is noted that the Trust is a “Massachusetts business trust” and, under Massachusetts’ law, shareholders could, under certain circumstances, be held personally liable for the obligations of the Trust.

(o) At or prior to the Closing Date, the Merger Shares to be transferred to the Acquired Fund for distribution to the shareholders of the Acquired Fund on the Closing Date will be duly qualified for offering to the public in all states of the United States in which the sale of shares of the Acquired Fund presently are qualified, and there will be a sufficient number of such shares registered under the 1933 Act and, as may be necessary, with each pertinent state securities commission to permit the transfers contemplated by this Agreement to be consummated.

(p) At or prior to the Closing Date, the Acquiring Fund will have obtained any and all regulatory, trustee and shareholder approvals necessary to issue the Merger Shares to the Acquired Fund.

(q) The Acquiring Fund has filed, or intends to file, or has obtained extensions to file, all federal, state and local tax returns which are required to be filed by it, and has paid or has obtained extensions to pay, all federal, state and local taxes shown on said returns to be due and owing and all assessments received by it, up to and including the taxable year in which the Closing Date occurs. All tax liabilities of the Acquiring Fund have been adequately provided for on its books, and no tax deficiency or liability of the Acquiring Fund has been asserted and no question with respect thereto has been raised by the Internal Revenue Service or by any state or local tax authority for taxes in excess of those already paid, up to and including the taxable year in which the Closing Date occurs.

2. Representations and Warranties of the Acquired Fund.

     The Trust, on behalf of the Acquired Fund, represents and warrants to, and agrees with, the Acquiring Fund that:

(a) The Acquired Fund is a series of shares of the Trust, a Massachusetts business trust duly organized and validly existing under, and in good standing in conformity with, the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and has the power to own all of its assets and to carry out its obligations under this Agreement. The Trust is qualified as a foreign association in every jurisdiction where required, except to the extent that failure to so qualify would not have a material adverse effect on the Trust. Each of the Trust and the Acquired Fund has all necessary federal, state and local authorizations to carry on its business as it is now being conducted and to carry out this Agreement.

(b) The Trust is duly registered under the 1940 Act as an open-end management investment company and such registration has not been revoked or rescinded and is in full force and effect, and the Acquired Fund is a separate diversified series thereof duly designated in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Trust Declaration and the 1940 Act.

(c) The Acquired Fund has elected to be, and has met the requirements of, subchapter M of Code for treatment as an RIC within the meaning of Section 851 of the Code at all times since its inception, and will continue to meet such requirements at all times through the Closing Date with respect to its taxable year ending on the Closing Date. The Acquired Fund has not at any time since its inception been liable for, and is not now liable for, and will not be liable for on the Closing Date, any material income or excise tax pursuant to Sections 852 or 4982 of the Code.

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(d) The Trust, on behalf of the Acquired Fund, has full power and authority to enter into and perform its obligations under this Agreement. The execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement has been duly authorized by all necessary action of the Board of Trustees, and this Agreement constitutes a valid and binding contract enforceable in accordance with its terms subject to approval by the Acquired Fund’s shareholders and subject to the effects of bankruptcy, insolvency, moratorium, fraudulent conveyance and similar laws relating to or affecting creditors’ rights generally and court decisions with respect thereto.

(e) The Acquiring Fund has been furnished with the annual report of the Acquired Fund for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2007, and the audited financial statements appearing therein, having been audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, independent registered public accounting firm, which fairly presents the financial condition and result of operations of the Acquired Fund as of the date indicated, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States applied on a consistent basis.

(f) The Acquired Fund has no known liabilities of a material nature, contingent or otherwise, other than those that will be shown as belonging to it on its statement of assets and liabilities as of March 31, 2007, and those incurred in the ordinary course of business as an investment company since such date. As of the Valuation Time, the Acquired Fund will advise the Acquiring Fund in writing of all known liabilities, contingent or otherwise, whether or not incurred in the ordinary course of business, existing or accrued as of such time.

(g) Except as has been disclosed in writing to the Acquiring Fund, there are no material legal, administrative or other proceedings pending or, to the knowledge of the Trust or the Acquired Fund, threatened against the Trust or the Acquired Fund which assert liability on the part of the Trust or the Acquired Fund or which materially affect the financial condition of the Trust or the Acquired Fund or the Trust’s or the Acquired Fund’s ability to consummate the Reorganization. Neither the Trust nor the Acquired Fund is charged with nor, to the best of their knowledge, threatened with any violation or investigation of any possible violation of any provisions of any federal, state or local law or regulation or administrative ruling relating to any aspect of their business.

(h) There are no material contracts outstanding to which the Acquired Fund is a party that have not been disclosed in the N-14 Registration Statement or that will not otherwise be disclosed to the Acquiring Fund prior to the Valuation Time.

(i) Neither the Trust nor the Acquired Fund is obligated under any provision of the Trust Declaration or the Trust’s By-Laws and neither is a party to any contract or other commitment or obligation, nor is subject to any order or decree, which would be violated by its execution of or performance under this Agreement, except insofar as the Acquired Fund and the Acquiring Fund may mutually agree that the Acquired Fund may take such necessary action to amend such contract or other commitment or obligation to cure any potential violation as a condition precedent to the Reorganization.

(j) The Acquired Fund has filed, or intends to file, or has obtained extensions to file, all federal, state and local tax returns which are required to be filed by it, and has paid or has obtained extensions to pay, all federal, state and local taxes shown on said returns to be due and owing and all assessments received by it, up to and including the taxable year in which the Closing Date occurs. All tax liabilities of the Acquired Fund have been adequately provided for on its books, and no tax deficiency or liability of the Acquired Fund has been asserted and no question with respect thereto has been raised by the Internal Revenue Service or by any state or local tax authority for taxes in excess of those already paid, up to and including the taxable year in which the Closing Date occurs.

(k) As used in this Agreement, the term “Acquired Fund Investments” shall mean (i) the investments of the Acquired Fund shown on its schedule of investments as of the Valuation Time furnished to the Acquiring Fund; and (ii) all other assets owned by the Acquired Fund or liabilities incurred as of the Valuation Time. At the Valuation Time and the Closing Date, the Acquired Fund will have full right, power and authority to sell, assign, transfer and deliver the Acquired Fund Investments. At the Closing Date, subject only to the obligation to deliver the Acquired Fund Investments as contemplated by this Agreement, the Acquired Fund will have good and marketable title to all of the Acquired Fund Investments, and the Acquiring Fund will acquire all of the Acquired Fund Investments free and clear of any encumbrances, liens or security interests and without any restrictions upon the transfer thereof (except those imposed by the federal or state securities laws and those imperfections of title or encumbrances as do not materially detract from the value or use of the Acquired Fund Investments or materially affect title thereto).

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(l) No consent, approval, authorization or order of any court or governmental authority is required for the consummation by the Acquired Fund of the Reorganization, except such as may be required under the 1933 Act, the 1934 Act, the 1940 Act or state securities laws.

(m) The N-14 Registration Statement, on the effective date of the N-14 Registration Statement, at the time of the shareholders’ meeting referred to in Section 6(b) of this Agreement and at the Closing Date, insofar as it relates to the Acquired Fund,

     (i) did and will comply in all material respects with the provisions of the 1933 Act, the 1934 Act and the 1940 Act and the rules and regulations thereunder; and

     (ii) does not and will not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading; and the Proxy Statement and Prospectus included therein did not or will not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact necessary to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading; provided, however, that none of the representations and warranties in this subsection shall apply to statements in or omissions from the N-14 Registration Statement made in reliance upon and in conformity with information furnished by the Acquiring Fund for use in the N-14 Registration Statement.

(n) All issued and outstanding shares of the Acquired Fund are, and at the Closing Date will be, duly and validly issued and outstanding, fully paid and nonassessable by the Acquired Fund (“Acquired Fund Shares”). In regard to the statement above that the Acquired Fund Shares will be nonassessable, it is noted that the Acquired Fund is a “Massachusetts business trust” and, under Massachusetts’ law, shareholders could, under certain circumstances, be held personally liable for the obligations of the Acquired Fund. The Acquired Fund does not have outstanding any security convertible into any of the Acquired Fund Shares.

(o) All of the issued and outstanding shares of the Acquired Fund were offered for sale and sold in conformity with all applicable federal and state securities laws.

(p) The books and records of the Acquired Fund made available to the Acquiring Fund and/or its counsel are substantially true and correct and contain no material misstatements or omissions with respect to the operations of the Acquired Fund.

(q) The Acquired Fund will not sell or otherwise dispose of any of the Merger Shares to be received in the Reorganization, except in distribution to the shareholders of the Acquired Fund, as provided in Section 3 of this Agreement.

3. The Reorganization.

(a) Subject to the requisite approval of the shareholders of the Acquired Fund, and to the other terms and conditions contained herein, the Acquired Fund agrees to sell, convey, transfer and deliver to the Acquiring Fund, and the Acquiring Fund agrees to acquire from the Acquired Fund, on the Closing Date, all of the Acquired Fund Investments (including interest accrued as of the Valuation Time on debt instruments) and to assume substantially all of the liabilities of the Acquired Fund, in exchange for that number of Merger Shares provided for in Section 4. Pursuant to this Agreement, as soon as practicable after the Closing Date, the Acquired Fund will distribute all Merger Shares received by it to its shareholders in exchange for their Acquired Fund Shares. Such distributions shall be accomplished by the opening of shareholder accounts on the share ledger records of the Acquiring Fund in the amounts due the shareholders of the Acquired Fund based on their respective holdings in the Acquired Fund as of the Valuation Time. All issued and outstanding Acquired Fund Shares simultaneously will be canceled on the books of the Acquired Fund.

(b) If it is determined that the portfolios of the Acquired Fund and the Acquiring Fund, when aggregated, would contain investments exceeding certain percentage limitations imposed upon the Acquiring Fund with respect to such investments, the Acquired Fund, if requested by the Acquiring Fund, will dispose of a sufficient amount of

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such investments as may be necessary to avoid violating such limitations as of the Closing Date. Notwithstanding the foregoing,

     (i) nothing herein will require the Acquired Fund to dispose of any portfolios, securities or other investments, if, in the reasonable judgment of the Board of Trustees or the Acquired Fund’s investment adviser, such disposition would adversely affect the tax-free nature of the Reorganization for federal income tax purposes or would otherwise not be in the best interests of the Acquired Fund, and

     (ii) nothing will permit the Acquired Fund to dispose of any portfolio securities or other investments if, in the reasonable judgment of the Board of Trustees or the Acquiring Fund’s investment adviser, such disposition would adversely affect the tax-free nature of the Reorganization for federal income tax purposes or would otherwise not be in the best interests of the Acquiring Fund.

(c) Prior to the Closing Date, the Acquired Fund shall declare a dividend or dividends which, together with all such previous dividends, shall have the effect of distributing to its shareholders all of its net investment company taxable income to and including the Closing Date, if any (computed without regard to any deduction for dividends paid), and all of its net capital gain realized to and including the Closing Date, if any.

(d) The Acquired Fund will pay or cause to be paid to the Acquiring Fund any interest the Acquired Fund receives on or after the Closing Date with respect to any of the Acquired Fund Investments transferred to the Acquiring Fund hereunder.

(e) The Valuation Time shall be 4:00 P.M., Eastern Time, on the Closing Date, or such earlier or later date and time as may be mutually agreed upon in writing (the “Valuation Time”).

(f) Recourse for liabilities assumed from the Acquired Fund by the Acquiring Fund in the Reorganization will be limited to the assets acquired by the Acquiring Fund. The known liabilities of the Acquired Fund, as of the Valuation Time, shall be confirmed to the Acquiring Fund pursuant to Section 2(k) of this Agreement.

(g) The Acquired Fund will be terminated following the Closing Date by terminating its registration under the 1940 Act and its organization under Massachusetts law and, where it is required to do so, will withdraw its authority to do business in any state.

(h) The Acquiring Fund will file with the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts any necessary amendment to the Trust Declaration and By-Laws to consummate the Reorganization.

4. Valuation.

(a) On the Closing Date, the Acquiring Fund will deliver to the Acquired Fund a number of full and fractional Merger Shares having an aggregate net asset value equal to the value of the assets of the Acquired Fund attributable to the value of the liabilities attributable to the Acquired Fund Shares assumed by the Acquiring Fund on that date, determined as hereinafter provided in this Section 4.

(b) The net asset value of the Merger Shares to be delivered to the Acquired Fund, the value of the assets attributable to the Acquired Fund Shares, and the value of the liabilities of the Acquired Fund to be assumed by the Acquiring Fund shall in each case be determined as of the Valuation Time.

(c) The net asset value of the Merger Shares shall be computed in the manner set forth in the then-current prospectus of the Acquiring Fund. The value of the assets and liabilities of the Acquired Fund shall be determined by the Acquiring Fund, in cooperation with the Acquired Fund, pursuant to procedures which the Acquiring Fund would use in determining the fair market value of the Acquiring Fund’s assets and liabilities.

(d) No adjustment shall be made in the net asset value of either the Acquired Fund or the Acquiring Fund to take into account differences in realized and unrealized gains and losses.

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(e) The Acquiring Fund shall issue the Merger Shares to the Acquired Fund. The Acquired Fund shall promptly distribute the Merger Shares to the shareholders of the Acquired Fund by establishing open accounts for each Acquired Fund shareholder on the share ledger records of the Acquiring Fund. Certificates representing Merger Shares will not be issued to Acquired Fund shareholders.

(f) The Acquiring Fund shall assume all of the liabilities of the Acquired Fund, whether accrued or contingent, in connection with the acquisition of assets and subsequent liquidation and dissolution of the Acquired Fund or otherwise, except for the Acquired Fund’s liabilities, if any, arising pursuant to this Agreement.

5. Payment of Expenses.

(a) Except as otherwise provided in this Section 5, John Hancock Advisers, LLC (“JHA”), by countersigning this Agreement, agrees that it will bear any and all costs and expenses of the Reorganization incurred by the Acquiring Fund and the Acquired Fund; provided, however, that the Acquiring Fund and the Acquired Fund will each pay any brokerage commissions, dealer mark-ups and similar expenses (“Portfolio Expenses”) that it may incur in connection with the purchases or sale of portfolio securities; and provided, further, that the Acquiring Fund will pay all governmental fees required in connection with the registration or qualification of the Merger Shares under applicable state and federal laws.

(b) In the event the Reorganization contemplated by this Agreement is not consummated, then JHA agrees that it shall bear all of the costs and expenses (other than Portfolio Expenses) incurred by both the Acquiring Fund and the Acquired Fund in connection with such Reorganization.

(c) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Agreement, if for any reason the Reorganization contemplated by this Agreement is not consummated, neither the Acquiring Fund nor the Acquired Fund shall be liable to the other for any damages resulting therefrom, including, without limitation, consequential damages, except as specifically set forth above.

(d) Notwithstanding any of the foregoing, costs and expenses will in any event be paid by the party directly incurring them if and to the extent that the payment by another party of such costs and expenses would result in the disqualification of such party as a “regulated investment company” within the meaning of subchapter M of the Code.

6. Covenants of the Acquired Fund and the Acquiring Fund.

The Acquired Fund and the Acquiring Fund hereby covenant and agree with the other as follows:

(a) Each of the Acquired Fund and the Acquiring Fund will operate its business as presently conducted in the ordinary course of business between the date hereof and the Closing Date, it being understood that such ordinary course of business will include regular and customary periodic dividends and distributions.

(b) The Trust, on behalf of the Acquired Fund, will call a meeting of its shareholders to be held prior to the Closing Date to consider and act upon this Agreement and take all other reasonable action necessary to obtain the required shareholder approval of the Reorganization contemplated hereby.

(c) In connection with the Acquired Fund shareholders’ meeting referred to in sub-section (b) above, the Acquiring Fund will prepare the Prospectus/Proxy Statement for such meeting, to be included in the N-14 Registration Statement, which the Trust, on behalf of the Acquiring Fund, will prepare and file for registration of the Merger Shares, under the 1933 Act, to be distributed to the Acquired Fund’s shareholders pursuant hereto, all in compliance with the applicable requirements of the 1933 Act, the 1934 Act, and the 1940 Act. The Acquiring Fund will use its best efforts to provide for the N-14 Registration Statement to become effective as promptly as practicable. The Acquired Fund and the Acquiring Fund will cooperate fully with each other, and each will furnish to the other the information relating to itself to be set forth in the N-14 Registration Statement, as required by the 1933 Act, the 1934 Act, the 1940 Act and the rules and regulations thereunder and the state securities laws.

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(d) The information to be furnished by the Acquired Fund and the Acquiring Fund for use in the N-14 Registration Statement shall be accurate and complete in all material respects and shall comply with federal securities and other laws and regulations thereunder applicable hereto.

(e) The Trust shall:

     (i) following the consummation of the Reorganization, terminate the Acquired Fund in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Trust Declaration and Trust By-Laws, the 1940 Act and any other applicable law;

     (ii) not make any distributions of any Merger Shares other than to the respective Acquired Fund shareholders and without first paying or adequately providing for the payment of all of its respective liabilities not assumed by the Acquiring Fund, if any; and

     (iii) on and after the Closing Date, not conduct any business on behalf of the Acquired Fund except in connection with the termination of the Acquired Fund.

(f) Each of the Acquired Fund and the Acquiring Fund agrees that, by the Closing Date, all of its federal and other tax returns and reports required to be filed on or before such date shall have been filed and all taxes shown as due on said returns either have been paid or adequate liability reserves have been provided for the payment of such taxes.

(g) Neither the Acquiring Fund nor the Acquired Fund shall take any action or cause any action to be taken (including, without limitation, the filing of any tax return) that results in the failure of the Reorganization to qualify as a reorganization within the meaning of Section 368(a) of the Code or is inconsistent with the treatment of the Reorganization as a reorganization within the meaning of such Code section. At or prior to the Closing Date, the Trust, the Acquiring Fund and the Acquired Fund will take such action, or cause such action to be taken, as is reasonably necessary to enable Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP (“K&L Gates”), special counsel to the Acquired Fund and the Acquiring Fund, to render the tax opinion required herein (including, without limitation, each party’s execution of representations reasonably requested by and addressed to K&L Gates).

(h) In connection with the covenant in subsection (g) above, each of the Acquired Fund and Acquiring Fund will cooperate with each other in filing any tax return, amended return or claim for refund, determining a liability for taxes or a right to a refund of taxes or participating in or conducting any audit or other proceeding in respect of taxes. The Acquiring Fund will retain for a period of ten (10) years following the Closing Date all returns, schedules and work papers and all material records or other documents relating to tax matters of the Acquired Fund for such Acquired Fund’s taxable period first ending after the Closing Date and for all prior taxable periods.

(i) After the Closing Date, the Acquired Fund shall prepare, or cause its agents to prepare, any federal, state or local tax returns required to be filed by the Acquired Fund with respect to its final taxable year ending with its complete liquidation and for any prior periods or taxable years, and further shall cause such tax returns to be duly filed with the appropriate taxing authorities. Notwithstanding the aforementioned provisions of this subsection, any expenses incurred by the Acquired Fund (other than for payment of taxes) in connection with the preparation and filing of said tax returns after the Closing Date shall be borne by such Acquired Fund to the extent such expenses have been accrued by such Acquired Fund in the ordinary course without regard to the Reorganization; any excess expenses shall be borne by the investment adviser or an affiliate thereof.

(j) Following the consummation of the Reorganization, the Acquiring Fund will continue its business as a diversified series of the Trust, an open-end management investment company registered under the 1940 Act.

7. Closing Date.

(a) Delivery of the assets of the Acquired Fund to be transferred, together with any other Acquired Fund Investments, assumption of the liabilities of the Acquired Fund to be assumed, and delivery of the Merger Shares to be issued as provided in this Agreement shall be made at such place and time as the Acquired Fund and Acquiring

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Fund shall mutually agree, as of the close of business on September 14, 2007, or at such other time and date agreed to by the Acquired Fund and the Acquiring Fund, the date and time upon which such delivery is to take place being referred to herein as the “Closing Date.”

(b) To the extent that any Acquired Fund Investments, for any reason, are not transferable on the Closing Date, the Acquired Fund shall cause such Acquired Fund Investments to be transferred to the Acquiring Fund’s account with its custodian at the earliest practicable date thereafter.

(c) The Acquired Fund will deliver to the Acquiring Fund on the Closing Date confirmation or other adequate evidence as to the tax basis of the Acquired Fund Investments delivered to the Acquiring Fund hereunder.

(d) As soon as practicable after the close of business on the Closing Date, the Acquired Fund shall deliver to the Acquiring Fund a list of the names and addresses of all of the shareholders of record of the Acquired Fund on the Closing Date and the number of Acquired Fund Shares owned by each such shareholder, certified to the best of its knowledge and belief by the transfer agent for the Acquired Fund or by its President.

8. Conditions of the Acquired Fund’s Obligations.

The obligations of the Acquired Fund hereunder shall be subject to the following conditions:

(a) That the Board of Trustees has determined that participation in the Reorganization is in the best interests of the Acquiring Fund and that the interests of the existing shareholders thereof will not be diluted as a result of the Reorganization, that this Agreement shall have been adopted, and the Reorganization shall have been approved, by the Board of Trustees, and that the Acquiring Fund shall have delivered to the Acquired Fund a copy of the resolution approving this Agreement adopted by the Board of Trustees certified by its Secretary.

(b) That the Acquired Fund shall have received from the Acquiring Fund a statement of assets, liabilities and capital, with values determined as provided in Section 4 of this Agreement, together with a schedule of the Acquiring Fund’s investments, all as of the Valuation Time, certified on the Acquiring Fund’s behalf by its President (or any Vice President) or its Treasurer, and a certificate signed by the Acquiring Fund’s President (or any Vice President) and its Treasurer, dated as of the Closing Date, certifying that as of the Valuation Time and as of the Closing Date there has been no material adverse change in the financial position of the Acquiring Fund since the date of the Acquiring Fund’s most recent annual report or semiannual report, as applicable, other than changes in its portfolio securities since that date or changes in the market value of its portfolio securities.

(c) That the Acquiring Fund shall have furnished to the Acquired Fund a certificate signed by the Acquiring Fund’s President (or any Vice President) or its Treasurer, dated as of the Closing Date, certifying that, as of the Valuation Time and as of the Closing Date, all representations and warranties of the Acquiring Fund made in this Agreement are true and correct in all material respects with the same effect as if made at and as of such dates, and that the Acquiring Fund has complied with all of the agreements and satisfied all of the conditions on its part to be performed or satisfied at or prior to each of such dates.

(d) That there shall not be any material litigation pending with respect to the matters contemplated by this Agreement.

(e) That the Acquired Fund shall have received the opinion(s) of K&L Gates, counsel for the Acquiring Fund, dated as of the Closing Date, addressed to the Acquired Fund substantially in the form and to the effect that:

     (i) the Acquiring Fund is a separate series of the Trust, and both the Acquiring Fund and the Trust are duly formed and validly existing under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts;

     (ii) the Acquiring Fund is separate series of the Trust, an open-end management investment company registered under the 1940 Act;

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     (iii) this Agreement and the Reorganization provided for herein and the execution of this Agreement have been duly authorized and approved by all requisite action of the Board of Trustees, and this Agreement has been duly executed and delivered by the Trust on behalf of the Acquiring Fund and (assuming this Agreement is a valid and binding obligation of the other party hereto) is a valid and binding obligation of the Acquiring Fund;

     (iv) neither the execution nor delivery by the Trust on behalf of the Acquiring Fund of this Agreement nor the consummation by the Acquiring Fund of the Reorganization contemplated hereby violates any provision of any statute or any published regulation or any judgment or order disclosed to counsel by the Acquiring Fund as being applicable to the Acquiring Fund;

     (v) the Merger Shares have each been duly authorized and, upon issuance thereof in accordance with this Agreement, will be validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable, except to the extent shareholders could under certain circumstances, in accordance with Massachusetts’ law, be held personally liable for the obligations of the Acquiring Fund; and

     (vi) to their knowledge and subject to the qualifications set forth below, the execution and delivery by the Trust on behalf of the Acquiring Fund of this Agreement and the consummation of the Reorganization herein contemplated do not require, under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or any state in which the Acquiring Fund is qualified to do business or the federal laws of the United States, the consent, approval, authorization, registration, qualification or order of, or filing with, any court or governmental agency or body (except such as have been obtained under the 1933 Act, 1934 Act, the 1940 Act or the rules and regulations thereunder). Counsel need express no opinion, however, as to any such consent, approval, authorization, registration, qualification, order or filing which may be required as a result of the involvement of other parties to this Agreement in the transactions herein contemplated because of their legal or regulatory status or because of any other facts specifically pertaining to them.

(f) That the Acquired Fund shall have obtained an opinion from K&L Gates dated as of the Closing Date, addressed to the Acquired Fund, and based upon such representations of the parties as K&L Gates may reasonably request, that the consummation of the Reorganization set forth in this Agreement complies with the requirements of a reorganization as described in Section 368(a) of the Code.

(g) That all proceedings taken by the Acquiring Fund and its counsel in connection with the Reorganization and all documents incidental thereto shall be satisfactory in form and substance to the others.

(h) That the N-14 Registration Statement shall have become effective under the 1933 Act, and no stop order suspending such effectiveness shall have been instituted or, to the knowledge of the Trust or the Acquiring Fund, be contemplated by the Commission.

9. Conditions of the Acquiring Fund’s Obligations.

The obligations of the Acquiring Fund hereunder shall be subject to the following conditions:

(a) That the Board of Trustees has determined that participation in the Reorganization is in the best interests of the Acquired Fund and that the interests of the existing shareholders thereof will not be diluted as a result of the Reorganization, that this Agreement shall have been adopted, and the Reorganization shall have been approved, by the Board of Trustees of the Acquired Fund and by the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the outstanding Acquired Fund Shares (as defined in the Trust Declaration); and the Acquired Fund shall have delivered to the Acquiring Fund a copy of the resolutions approving this Agreement adopted by the Board of Trustees, and a certificate setting forth the vote of the holders of the Acquired Fund Shares obtained, each certified by its Secretary.

(b) That the Acquired Fund shall have furnished to the Acquiring Fund a statement of its assets, liabilities and capital, with values determined as provided in Section 4 of this Agreement, together with a schedule of investments with their respective dates of acquisition and tax costs, all as of the Valuation Time, certified on the Acquired Fund’s behalf by its President (or any Vice President) or its Treasurer, and a certificate signed by the Acquired Fund’s President (or any Vice President) or its Treasurer, dated as of the Closing Date, certifying that as of the

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Valuation Time and as of the Closing Date there has been no material adverse change in the financial position of the Acquired Fund since the date of the Acquired Fund’s most recent annual report or semiannual report, as applicable, other than changes in the Acquired Fund Investments since that date or changes in the market value of the Acquired Fund Investments.

(c) That the Acquired Fund shall have furnished to the Acquiring Fund a certificate signed by the Acquired Fund’s President (or any Vice President) or its Treasurer, dated as of the Closing Date, certifying that as of the Valuation Time and as of the Closing Date, all representations and warranties of the Acquired Fund made in this Agreement are true and correct in all material respects with the same effect as if made at and as of such dates and the Acquired Fund has complied with all of the agreements and satisfied all of the conditions on its part to be performed or satisfied at or prior to such dates.

(d) That there shall not be any material litigation pending with respect to the matters contemplated by this Agreement.

(e) That the Acquiring Fund shall have received the opinion(s) of K&L Gates, counsel for the Acquired Fund, dated as of the Closing Date, addressed to the Acquiring Fund, substantially in the form and to the effect that:

     (i) the Acquired Fund is a separate series of the Trust, and both the Acquired Fund and the Trust are duly formed and validly existing under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts;

     (ii) the Acquired Fund is a separate series of the Trust, an open-end management investment company registered under the 1940 Act;

     (iii) this Agreement and the Reorganization provided for herein and the execution of this Agreement have been duly authorized and approved by all requisite action of the Board of Trustees, and this Agreement has been duly executed and delivered by the Trust on behalf of the Acquired Fund and (assuming this Agreement is a valid and binding obligation of the other party hereto) is a valid and binding obligation of the Acquired Fund;

     (iv) neither the execution or delivery by the Trust on behalf of the Acquired Fund of this Agreement nor the consummation by the Acquired Fund of the Reorganization contemplated hereby violates any provision of any statute, nor any published regulation or any judgment or order disclosed to counsel by the Acquired Fund as being applicable to the Acquired Fund; and

     (v) to their knowledge and subject to the qualifications set forth below, the execution and delivery by the Trust on behalf of the Acquired Fund of the Agreement and the consummation of the Reorganization herein contemplated do not require, under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or any state in which the Acquired Fund is qualified to do business, or the federal laws of the United States, the consent, approval, authorization, registration, qualification or order of, or filing with, any court or governmental agency or body (except such as have been obtained under the 1933 Act, 1934 Act, the 1940 Act or the rules and regulations thereunder). Counsel need express no opinion, however, as to any such consent, approval, authorization, registration, qualification, order or filing which may be required as a result of the involvement of other parties to this Agreement in the transactions herein contemplated because of their legal or regulatory status or because of any other facts specifically pertaining to them.

(f) That the Acquiring Fund shall have obtained an opinion from K&L Gates, counsel for the Acquired Fund, dated as of the Closing Date, addressed to the Acquiring Fund, and based upon such representations of the parties as K&L Gates may reasonably request, that the consummation of the Reorganization set forth in this Agreement complies with the requirements of a reorganization as described in Section 368(a) of the Code.

(g) That the N-14 Registration Statement shall have become effective under the 1933 Act and no stop order suspending such effectiveness shall have been instituted or, to the knowledge of the Acquired Fund, be contemplated by the Commission.

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(h) That the Acquired Fund’s custodian shall have delivered to the Acquiring Fund a certificate identifying all assets of the Acquired Fund held or maintained by such custodian as of the Valuation Time.

(i) That all proceedings taken by the Acquired Fund and its counsel in connection with the Reorganization and all documents incidental thereto shall be satisfactory in form and substance to the Acquiring Fund.

(j) That prior to the Closing Date, the Acquired Fund shall have declared a dividend or dividends which, together with all such previous dividends, shall have the effect of distributing to its shareholders all of its net investment company taxable income for the period to and including the Closing Date, if any (computed without regard to any deduction for dividends paid), and all of its net capital gain, if any, realized up to and including the Closing Date.

10. Termination, Postponement and Waivers.

(a) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Agreement to the contrary, this Agreement may be terminated and the Reorganization abandoned at any time (whether before or after adoption thereof by the shareholders of the Acquired Fund) prior to the Closing Date, or the Closing Date may be postponed,

(i) by consent of the Board of Trustees;

     (ii) by the Board of Trustees if any condition of the Acquired Fund’s obligations set forth in Section 8 of this Agreement has not been fulfilled or waived by such Board; or

     (iii) by the Board of Trustees if any condition of the Acquiring Fund’s obligations set forth in Section 9 of this Agreement has not been fulfilled or waived by such Board.

(b) If the Reorganization contemplated by this Agreement has not been consummated by March 1, 2008, this Agreement automatically shall terminate on that date, unless a later date is set by the Board of Trustees.

(c) In the event of termination of this Agreement pursuant to the provisions hereof, the same shall become void and have no further effect, and there shall not be any liability on the part of the Acquired Fund, the Acquiring Fund or persons who are their directors, trustees, officers, agents or shareholders in respect of this Agreement.

(d) At any time prior to the Closing Date, any of the terms or conditions of this Agreement may be waived by the Board of Trustees, if, in the judgment of such Board after consultation with its counsel, such action or waiver will not have a material adverse effect on the benefits intended under this Agreement to the shareholders of their respective Fund, on behalf of which such action is taken.

(e) The respective representations and warranties contained in Sections 1 and 2 of this Agreement shall expire with, and be terminated by, the consummation of the Reorganization, and the Acquired Fund and the Acquiring Fund and the officers, trustees, agents or shareholders of such Funds shall not have any liability with respect to such representations or warranties after the Closing Date. This provision shall not protect any officer, trustee, agent or shareholder of either the Acquired Fund or the Acquiring Fund against any liability to the entity for which that officer, trustee, agent or shareholder so acts or to its shareholders, to which that officer, trustee, agent or shareholder otherwise would be subject by reason of willful misfeasance, bad faith, gross negligence, or reckless disregard of the duties in the conduct of such office.

(f) If any order or orders of the Commission with respect to this Agreement shall be issued prior to the Closing Date and shall impose any terms or conditions which are determined by action of the Boards of Trustees to be acceptable, such terms and conditions shall be binding as if a part of this Agreement without further vote or approval of the shareholders of the Acquired Fund unless such terms and conditions shall result in a change in the method of computing the number of Merger Shares to be issued to the Acquired Fund, in which event, unless such terms and conditions shall have been included in the proxy solicitation materials furnished to the shareholders of the Acquired Fund prior to the meeting at which the Reorganization shall have been approved, this Agreement shall not be

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consummated and shall terminate unless the Acquired Fund promptly shall call a special meeting of shareholders at which such conditions so imposed shall be submitted for approval.

11. Indemnification.

(a) Each party (an “Indemnitor”) shall indemnify and hold the other and its officers, trustees, agents and persons controlled by or controlling any of them (each an “Indemnified Party”) harmless from and against any and all losses, damages, liabilities, claims, demands, judgments, settlements, deficiencies, taxes, assessments, charges, costs and expenses of any nature whatsoever (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) including amounts paid in satisfaction of judgments, in compromise or as fines and penalties, and counsel fees reasonably incurred by such Indemnified Party in connection with the defense or disposition of any claim, action, suit or other proceeding, whether civil or criminal, before any court or administrative or investigative body in which such Indemnified Party may be or may have been involved as a party or otherwise or with which such Indemnified Party may be or may have been threatened (collectively, the “Losses”) arising out of or related to any claim of a breach of any representation, warranty or covenant made herein by the Indemnitor; provided, however, that no Indemnified Party shall be indemnified hereunder against any Losses arising directly from such Indemnified Party’s (i) willful misfeasance, (ii) bad faith, (iii) gross negligence or (iv) reckless disregard of the duties involved in the conduct of such Indemnified Party’s position.

(b) The Indemnified Party shall use its best efforts to minimize any liabilities, damages, deficiencies, claims, judgments, assessments, costs and expenses in respect of which indemnity may be sought hereunder. The Indemnified Party shall give written notice to Indemnitor within the earlier of ten (10) days of receipt of written notice to Indemnified Party or thirty (30) days from discovery by Indemnified Party of any matters which may give rise to a claim for indemnification or reimbursement under this Agreement. The failure to give such notice shall not affect the right of Indemnified Party to indemnity hereunder unless such failure has materially and adversely affected the rights of the Indemnitor. At any time after ten (10) days from the giving of such notice, Indemnified Party may, at its option, resist, settle or otherwise compromise, or pay such claim unless it shall have received notice from Indemnitor that Indemnitor intends, at Indemnitor’s sole cost and expense, to assume the defense of any such matter, in which case Indemnified Party shall have the right, at no cost or expense to Indemnitor, to participate in such defense. If Indemnitor does not assume the defense of such matter, and in any event until Indemnitor states in writing that it will assume the defense, Indemnitor shall pay all costs of Indemnified Party arising out of the defense until the defense is assumed; provided, however, that Indemnified Party shall consult with Indemnitor and obtain Indemnitor’s prior written consent to any payment or settlement of any such claim. Indemnitor shall keep Indemnified Party fully apprised at all times as to the status of the defense. If Indemnitor does not assume the defense, Indemnified Party shall keep Indemnitor apprised at all times as to the status of the defense. Following indemnification as provided for hereunder, Indemnitor shall be subrogated to all rights of Indemnified Party with respect to all third parties, firms or corporations relating to the matter for which indemnification has been made.

12. Other Matters.

(a) All covenants, agreements, representations and warranties made under this Agreement and any certificates delivered pursuant to this Agreement shall be deemed to have been material and relied upon by each of the parties, notwithstanding any investigation made by them or on their behalf.

(b) All notices hereunder shall be sufficiently given for all purposes hereunder if in writing and delivered personally or sent by registered mail or certified mail, postage prepaid. Notice to the Acquired Fund shall be addressed to John Hancock U.S. Government Cash Reserve c/o John Hancock, 601 Congress Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02210, Attention: General Counsel, or at such other address as the Acquired Fund may designate by written notice to the Acquiring Fund. Notice to the Acquiring Fund shall be addressed to John Hancock Money Market Fund c/o John Hancock, 601 Congress Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02210, Attention: General Counsel, or at such other address and to the attention of such other person as the Acquiring Fund may designate by written notice to the Acquired Fund. Any notice shall be deemed to have been served or given as of the date such notice is delivered personally or mailed.

(c) This Agreement supersedes all previous correspondence and oral communications between the parties regarding the Reorganization, constitutes the only understanding with respect to the Reorganization, may not be

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changed except by a letter of agreement signed by each party and shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts applicable to agreements made and to be performed in said state.

(d) It is expressly agreed that the obligations of the Trust, on behalf of the Acquired Fund and the Acquiring Fund, hereunder shall not be binding upon any of the trustees, shareholders, nominees, officers, agents, or employees personally, but shall bind only the trust property of the respective Fund as provided in the Trust Declaration. The execution and delivery of this Agreement has been authorized by the Board of Trustees on behalf of the Acquired Fund and the Acquiring Fund and signed by authorized officers of each respective Fund, acting as such, and neither such authorization by such trustees, nor such execution and delivery by such officers, shall be deemed to have been made by any of them individually or to impose any liability on any of them personally, but shall bind only the trust property on behalf of the relevant Fund as provided in the Trust Declaration.

(e) This Agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts, each of which, when executed and delivered, shall be deemed to be an original but all such counterparts together shall constitute but one instrument.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have hereunto caused this Agreement to be executed and delivered by their duly authorized officers as of the day and year first written above.

JOHN HANCOCK CURRENT INTEREST, on behalf of
its series, John Hancock U.S. Government Cash Reserve

By:   /s/Keith F. Hartstein
Name:      Keith F. Hartstein
Title:      President and Chief Executive Officer
 
 
Attest:   /s/Alfred P. Ouellette
Name:      Alfred P. Ouellette
Title:      Assistant Secretary

JOHN HANCOCK CURRENT TRUST, on behalf of
its series, John Hancock Money Market Fund

By:   /s/Keith F. Hartstein
Name:      Keith F. Hartstein
Title:      President and Chief Executive Officer
 
 
Attest:   /s/Alfred P. Ouellette
Name:      Alfred P. Ouellette
Title:      Assistant Secretary

Agreed and accepted as to Section 5 only:

JOHN HANCOCK ADVISERS, LLC,
on behalf of itself and its affiliates

By:   /s/Gordon Shone
Name:   Gordon Shone
Title:   Vice President

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