First Trust Closed-End Funds Announce the Board’s Approval of Amended and Restated By-Laws of the Funds

Macquarie/First Trust Global Infrastructure/Utilities Dividend & Income Fund (NYSE: MFD)

First Trust Senior Floating Rate Income Fund II (NYSE: FCT)

First Trust Energy Income and Growth Fund (NYSE American: FEN)

First Trust Enhanced Equity Income Fund (NYSE: FFA)

First Trust/Aberdeen Global Opportunity Income Fund (NYSE: FAM)

First Trust Mortgage Income Fund (NYSE: FMY)

First Trust/Aberdeen Emerging Opportunity Fund (NYSE: FEO)

First Trust Specialty Finance and Financial Opportunities Fund (NYSE: FGB)

First Trust High Income Long/Short Fund (NYSE: FSD)

First Trust Energy Infrastructure Fund (NYSE: FIF)

First Trust MLP and Energy Income Fund (NYSE: FEI)

First Trust Intermediate Duration Preferred & Income Fund (NYSE: FPF)

First Trust New Opportunities MLP & Energy Fund (NYSE: FPL)

First Trust Dynamic Europe Equity Income Fund (NYSE: FDEU)

First Trust Senior Floating Rate 2022 Target Term Fund (NYSE: FIV)

First Trust High Yield Opportunities 2027 Term Fund (NYSE: FTHY)

(each a “Fund” and collectively, the “Funds”)

WHEATON, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–After a thorough review, and consistent with the interests of each Fund, the Board of Trustees of each Fund has adopted Amended and Restated By-Laws (the “By-Laws”) for the Funds.

Among other changes, the By-Laws contain new timelines for advance notice of shareholder proposals or nominations to be brought before a meeting of shareholders. Accordingly, the advance notice deadlines for certain of the Fund’s 2021 annual meetings of shareholders will differ from the deadlines previously described in such Funds’ proxy statements for the 2020 annual meetings of shareholders. For such Funds, notice of any proposal made outside of Rule 14a-8 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) or shareholder nominee for Trustee must be received by the Fund at such Fund’s principal executive offices not earlier than, nor later than, the corresponding dates set forth in the table below. If a shareholder proposal made outside of Rule 14a-8 or shareholder nominee for trustee is submitted after the period listed for the particular Fund, it would not be considered “timely” within the meaning of Rule 14a-4(c) under the Exchange Act, and the persons named as proxies in the proxies solicited by the Board of Trustees for the 2021 annual meeting of shareholders may exercise their discretionary voting power with respect to any such proposal.

Fund

14a-8 Deadline

Non-14a-8 Deadline

Earliest Date

Latest Date

First Trust/Aberdeen Global Opportunity Income Fund

October 22, 2020

November 21, 2020

December 6, 2020

Macquarie/First Trust Global Infrastructure/Utilities Dividend & Income Fund

November 20, 2020

November 20, 2020

December 5, 2020

First Trust Energy Income and Growth Fund

November 20, 2020

November 20, 2020

December 5, 2020

First Trust Enhanced Equity Income Fund

November 20, 2020

November 20, 2020

December 5, 2020

First Trust Mortgage Income Fund

November 20, 2020

November 20, 2020

December 5, 2020

First Trust/Aberdeen Emerging Opportunity Fund

November 20, 2020

November 20, 2020

December 5, 2020

First Trust Specialty Finance and Financial Opportunities Fund

November 20, 2020

November 20, 2020

December 5, 2020

First Trust Energy Infrastructure Fund

November 20, 2020

November 20, 2020

December 5, 2020

First Trust Dynamic Europe Equity Income Fund

November 20, 2020

November 20, 2020

December 5, 2020

First Trust New Opportunities MLP & Energy Fund

November 20, 2020

November 20, 2020

December 5, 2020

First Trust Intermediate Duration Preferred & Income Fund

November 20, 2020

November 20, 2020

December 5, 2020

First Trust MLP and Energy Income Fund

November 20, 2020

November 20, 2020

December 5, 2020

First Trust Senior Floating Rate 2022 Target Term Fund

April 19, 2021

April 16, 2021

May 1, 2021

First Trust Senior Floating Rate Income Fund II

April 19, 2021

April 16, 2021

May 1, 2021

With respect to First Trust High Income Long/Short Fund, the deadline for the advance notice of shareholder proposals or nominations to be brought before the Fund’s 2021 annual meeting of shareholders is as described in the proxy statement for the Fund’s 2020 annual meeting of shareholders.

The By-Laws also require compliance with amended procedural and informational requirements in connection with any such advance notice of shareholder proposals or nominations. This information includes, but is not limited to, information about the proponent and the nominee or shareholder proposal, if applicable. Any shareholder considering making a nomination or proposal should carefully review and comply with the provisions of the By-Laws.

Trustee Qualifications and Requirements

In determining whether a particular nominee is qualified to serve on the Board of Trustees (each, a “Trustee” and collectively, the “Board”), the Board has an interest in the nominee’s background, skills, experience and other attributes in light of the composition of the Board. The Board seeks to assess whether a nominee has the ability to critically review, evaluate, question and discuss information provided to the Board, and to interact effectively with other Trustees, and management of a Fund, among other parties. The By-Laws, among other things, require a nominee for Trustee to sit for an interview with the Board, if requested, include qualifications and requirements for Trustee eligibility, and require that a nominee agree to comply with the Board’s Guidelines and Procedures Regarding Governance.

Additionally, the By-Laws have changed the vote required in the instance in which the number of persons nominated for election as Trustee exceeds the number of Trustees to be elected. The By-Laws provide that in such a “contested” election, the affirmative vote of a majority of shares outstanding and entitled to vote in such an election is required to elect a Trustee. In all other elections, the plurality standard pursuant to which Trustees are elected will remain.

Control Share Provisions

The By-Laws contain provisions (the “Control Share Provisions”) which, in summary, provide that a shareholder who obtains beneficial ownership of a Fund’s shares in a “Control Share Acquisition” may exercise voting rights with respect to such shares only to the extent the authorization of such voting rights is approved by other shareholders of the Fund. The Control Share Provisions are primarily intended to seek to protect the interests of a Fund and its long-term shareholders by limiting the risk that the Fund will become subject to undue influence by activist investors who pursue short-term agendas adverse to the best interests of the Fund and its long-term shareholders.

The Control Share Provisions do not eliminate voting rights for shares acquired in Control Share Acquisitions, but rather entrust a Fund’s non-interested shareholders with determining whether to approve the authorization of voting rights of such shares.

Subject to various conditions and exceptions, the By-Laws define a “Control Share Acquisition” to include an acquisition of Fund shares that, but for the Control Share Provisions, would give the beneficial owner upon the acquisition of such shares the ability to exercise voting power in the election of Fund Trustees in any of the following ranges:

(i) One-tenth or more, but less than one-fifth of all voting power;

(ii) One-fifth or more, but less than one-third of all voting power;

(iii) One-third or more, but less than a majority of all voting power; or

(iv) A majority or more of all voting power.

Share acquisitions that pre-date the adoption of the By-Laws are excluded from the definition of Control Share Acquisition. However, such shares are included in assessing whether any subsequent share acquisition exceeds one of the above thresholds. A shareholder who obtains beneficial ownership of shares in a Control Share Acquisition must deliver to the Trust a “Control Share Acquisition Statement” as detailed in the By-Laws. When delivering the Control Share Acquisition Statement, a shareholder generally may contemporaneously request a special meeting of Fund shareholders to approve the voting rights for such shares, subject to certain requirements set forth in the By-Laws. If a shareholder who obtains or proposes to obtain beneficial ownership of shares in a Control Share Acquisition does not request a special meeting of Fund shareholders, consideration of the authorization of voting rights of such shares shall be presented at the Fund’s next annual or special meeting of shareholders.

The foregoing discussion is only a summary of certain aspects of the By-Laws, and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the By-Laws. Investors should refer to the By-Laws for more information, which can be found in the Current Report on Form 8-K filed by each respective Fund with the Securities and Exchange Commission (available at www.sec.gov). The By-Laws may also be obtained by writing the Secretary of the Fund at the Fund’s principal executive office.

This press release is not intended to, and does not, constitute an offer to purchase or sell shares of any Fund; nor is this press release intended to solicit a proxy from any shareholder of any Fund.

Each Fund’s daily closing price and net asset value per share, as well as other information can be found at www.ftportfolios.com or by calling 1-800-988-5891.

First Trust Advisors L.P. (“FTA”) is a federally registered investment advisor and serves as the Funds’ investment advisor. FTA and its affiliate First Trust Portfolios L.P. (“FTP”), a FINRA registered broker-dealer, are privately-held companies that provide a variety of investment services. FTA has collective assets under management or supervision of approximately $149 billion as of September 30, 2020 through unit investment trusts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, mutual funds and separately managed accounts. FTA is the supervisor of the First Trust unit investment trusts, while FTP is the sponsor. FTP is also a distributor of mutual fund shares and exchange-traded fund creation units. FTA and FTP are based in Wheaton, Illinois.

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