Brookfield Asset Management Inc.
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Brookfield Asset Management Inc.

February 17, 2011 09:17 ET

Brookfield Closes Over-Allotment Option on Preferred Share Issue

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 17, 2011) -

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Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (TSX:BAM.A)(NYSE:BAM)(EURONEXT:BAMA) announced today that it has closed the over-allotment option previously granted to the underwriters in connection with the bought deal financing which closed on February 8, 2011. Pursuant to the over-allotment option, Brookfield sold an additional 800,000 Preferred Shares, Series 28 at a price of $25.00 per share for additional gross proceeds of CDN$20 million. In total, including the over-allotment option, Brookfield has issued 9,400,000 Preferred Shares, Series 28 for aggregate gross proceeds of CDN$235,000,000. The Preferred Shares, Series 28 trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol BAM.PR.X.

The net proceeds of the issue will be used for general corporate purposes, including funding a portion of the company's acquisition of additional common shares in U.S. mall operator General Growth Properties Inc. The preferred shares may not be offered or sold in the United States or to U.S. persons absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements under the U.S. Securities Act.

About Brookfield Asset Management

Brookfield Asset Management Inc., focused on property, power and infrastructure assets, has over US$100 billion of assets under management and is listed on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges under the symbols BAM and BAM.A, respectively, and on NYSE Euronext under the symbol BAMA. For more information, please visit the Company's website at www.brookfield.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Note: This news release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of Canadian provincial securities laws and "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21E of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, "safe harbor" provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and in any applicable Canadian securities regulations. The words "will", derivations thereof and other expressions that are predictions of or indicate future events, trends or prospects and which do not relate to historical matters identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this news release include statements in regards to the use of proceeds of the preferred share issue described in this news release. Although Brookfield Asset Management believes that such forward-looking statements and information are based upon reasonable assumptions and expectations, the reader should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements and information as such statements and information involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the company to differ materially from anticipated future results, performance or achievement expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and information.

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated or implied by forward-looking statements include: economic and financial conditions in the countries in which we do business; the behaviour of financial markets, including fluctuations in interest and exchange rates; availability of equity and debt financing; and other risks and factors detailed from time to time in the company's form 40-F filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission as well as other documents filed by the company with the securities regulators in Canada and the United States including the company's most recent Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Results under the heading "Business Environment and Risks."

We caution that the foregoing list of factors that may affect future results is not exhaustive. When relying on our forward-looking statements to make decisions with respect to Brookfield Asset Management, investors and others should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and potential events. Except as required by law, the company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether written or oral, as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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