Brookfield Asset Management Appoints Niel Thassim as Head of Its Asia Private Funds Group

Thu Feb 14, 2013 7:00am EST

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  HONG KONG, CHINA, Feb 14 (MARKET WIRE) --
Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (TSX:BAM.A)(NYSE:BAM)(EURONEXT:BAMA) is
pleased to announce that Niel Thassim has joined the company as head of
Asia for the Private Funds Group, based in Hong Kong. In this role, Mr.
Thassim will drive fundraising for Brookfield's private fund offerings
and develop and maintain relationships with leading investors in the
region.

    Mr. Thassim most recently served as a Managing Director and the head of
RREEF's Asia-Pacific Real Estate business. Prior to this, he held senior
roles within RREEF and Deutsche Bank in Australia, London and Singapore.
Mr. Thassim also held executive positions with Coopers & Lybrand, Bankers
Trust, Credit Suisse First Boston and Colonial First State Investments in
Australia and the United Kingdom.

    "Brookfield has strong historic ties to Asian investors and we are
delighted that Niel has joined the firm to build on our franchise in this
dynamic region," said Leo van den Thillart, Managing Partner in
Brookfield's Private Funds Group. "Niel has proven experience in
alternative asset management and his solid institutional and consultant
relationships will be integral to establishing lasting partnerships
between Brookfield and our clients."

    "I am excited to be joining Brookfield, as the firm has an outstanding
track record and provides unique global investment opportunities to Asian
institutions, which are increasingly seeking top performing asset
managers," said Mr. Thassim.

    With over 100 years of experience as an owner and operator of real
assets, Brookfield offers an array of real estate, infrastructure and
private equity investment products and services. Brookfield aims to
deliver reliable, attractive, long-term total returns for the benefit of
its clients by creating value through active management.

    Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is a global alternative asset manager
with approximately $150 billion in assets under management. The company
has over a 100-year history of owning and operating assets with a focus
on property, renewable power, infrastructure and private equity.
Brookfield has a range of public and private investment products and
services, which leverage our expertise and experience and provide us with
a competitive advantage in the markets where we operate. Brookfield is
co-listed on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges under the symbol
BAM and BAM.A, respectively, and on NYSE Euronext under the symbol BAMA.

Contacts:
Brookfield Asset Management Inc.
Andrew Willis
SVP, Communications & Media
(416) 369-8236
(416) 363-2856 (FAX)
andrew.willis@brookfield.com
www.brookfield.com

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