Brookfield Asset Management
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Frederick Stark Pearson
|Headquarters||Brookfield Place, Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
Frank McKenna (Chairman)|
Bruce Flatt (CEO)
|Revenue||US$40.7 billion (2017)|
|US$4.6 billion (2017)|
|AUM||US$285.141 billion (2017)|
|Total equity||US$79.9 billion (2017)|
Number of employees
80,000 operating employees|
800 investment professionals
Brookfield Property Partners
Brookfield Infrastructure Partners
Brookfield Renewable Partners
Brookfield Business Partners
Brookfield Office Properties
Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is a global alternative asset manager with approximately $285 billion of assets under management, focusing on real estate, renewable power, infrastructure and private equity. The company's headquarters are located in Toronto, and it also has corporate offices in New York City, London, Rio de Janeiro and Sydney.
The company was founded in 1899 as a builder and operator of electricity and transport infrastructure in Brazil; the company's earlier name of "Brascan" reflected this history ("Brasil" + "Canada"). The company provided electricity and tram services in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, and the Brazilian side after the split is still known as "Light", short for Brazilian Traction, Light and Power Co. Ltd. Over the next century, the company expanded and is now an investor in and operator of approximately $285 billion of real assets, with over 750 investment professionals and 80,000 operating employees in over 100 offices in 30 different countries. Its major public subsidiaries include Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, Brookfield Renewable Partners, Brookfield Property Partners, and Brookfield Business Partners.
In 1912, Brazilian Traction, Light and Power Company was incorporated in Toronto as a public company to develop hydro-electric power operations and other utility services in Brazil, becoming a holding company for São Paulo Tramway Co. and Rio de Janeiro Tramway Co.
In 1966, Brazilian Traction, Light and Power Company changed its name to Brazilian Light and Power Company, and again in 1969, changed its name to Brascan Limited.
Birch Mountain class action
The Birch Mountain class action lawsuit has been repeatedly launched against Brookfield without success. In a process supervised by the Alberta courts, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) was appointed receiver of Birch Mountain Resources in November 2008 after Birch Mountain had defaulted on its debts. Birch Mountain's assets were transferred to Tricap Partners Ltd, now operating under the Hammerstone Corporation, a subsidiary of Brookfield Special Situations Group, for approximately $50 million.
A group called Birch Mountain Shareholders for Justice filed a lawsuit against Brookfield Asset Management on September 22, 2010 with the Superior Court of Justice in Ontario, Canada. The lawsuit challenged the acquisition and transfer of assets from a public company, Birch Mountain Resources, to the Hammerstone Corporation.
The case was dismissed. On May 25, 2015, the plaintiffs filed a notice of appeal in the case, in McDonald v. Brookfield Asset Management Inc. in the Court of Appeal Alberta. The appeal was heard on June 15, 2016 over the Hammerstone Project MegaQuarry in Alberta. On Dec. 5, 2016, the Court of Appeal of Alberta again dismissed the case.
J. Bruce Flatt is senior managing partner and chief executive officer. Flatt was appointed to this position in February 2002 after having served as chief executive officer of Brookfield Properties since 2000. He was trained as an accountant at Clarkson, Gordon and Company, which is now part of Ernst & Young. As of fiscal year 2014, his basic compensation was $6.65 million.
Flatt is senior managing partner and chief executive officer of the corporation, and on behalf of the corporation is the chairman and a director of Brookfield Properties Retail Group. Flatt previously served as a board member to Fraser Papers and Norbord Incorporated. Flatt holds a business degree from the University of Manitoba.
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