NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK--(Marketwire - Sept. 26, 2011) - Brookfield Financial is pleased to announce that Eric Michael Anton and Ronald A. Solarz have joined the company as Managing Partners in New York City, adding proven experience and an entrepreneurial approach in commercial property brokerage to Brookfield Financial's global offering of advisory and investment banking services.

Mr. Anton and Mr. Solarz come to Brookfield Financial after a decade as principals at Eastern Consolidated. Both executives have successfully advised sophisticated real estate clients on dozens of large scale complex transactions across all asset classes. "We look forward to Eric and Ron growing the New York Team, expanding the best in class service we provide to our clients in property brokerage as well as across our full range of advisory and investment banking services," said Brydon Cruise, President and Managing Partner of Brookfield Financial.

Mr. Anton spent 13 years at Eastern Consolidated, and prior to that, was an executive at Starrett Corporation, responsible for the construction of major mixed-use projects for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, The Port Authority of New York/New Jersey and The City of New York. Mr. Anton began his career with Bovis Lendlease, the largest construction management firm in the United States.

He is a member of The Real Estate Board of New York, a Director of the Seven Park Avenue Cooperative Corporation and former Chairman of the Explorer Division of the Greater New York Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Anton is a graduate of Brown University and received his Masters Degree in Real Estate Finance from Columbia University.

Mr. Solarz was with Eastern Consolidated for 17 years and was previously President of Solarz Realty, a Manhattan-based real estate brokerage and investment firm he founded. He is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York. Mr. Solarz graduated with honors from the State University of New York at Buffalo Management School.

Mr. Anton and Mr. Solarz joined Brookfield Financial on Wednesday, September 21st, 2011.

Brookfield Financial is a global investment bank that provides strategic and financial advisory, debt and equity arranging, joint ventures and structured transactions, M&A advisory and investment brokerage services.

Brookfield Financial, part of Brookfield Asset Management Inc., has the ability to serve corporate and institutional clients on both local market and international transactions with offices located in Canada, the United States, Europe, Australia, Brazil and India.

Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is a global alternative asset manager with approximately $150 billion in assets under management. We have over a 100-year history of owning and operating assets with a focus on real estate, infrastructure, power and private equity. We have a range of public and private investment products and services, which leverage our expertise and experience and provide us with a distinct 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 on NYSE Euronext under the symbol BAMA. For more information, please visit our web site at

Contact Information:

Brookfield Financial
Brydon D. Cruise
+1 416 956 5223

Brookfield Financial
Eric M. Anton
Managing Partner
+1 212 417 2528

Brookfield Financial
Ronald A. Solarz
Managing Partner
+ 1 212 549 8485