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Brookfield Office Properties Announces C$100 Million Secondary Offering of Brookfield Office Properties Canada Trust Units

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Brookfield Office Properties Announces C$100 Million Secondary Offering of Brookfield Office Properties Canada Trust Units16:09 EST Thursday, November 18, 2010TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 18, 2010) - NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO U.S. NEWSWIRE SERVICES NOR FOR DISSEMINATION TO THE UNITED STATESBrookfield Properties Corporation ("Brookfield Office Properties") (TSX:BPO)(NYSE:BPO) announced that it has entered into an agreement with a syndicate of investment dealers co-led by RBC Capital Markets and TD Securities Inc., on a bought deal basis to complete a secondary offering of trust units of Brookfield Office Properties Canada ("BOX") (TSX:BOX.UN) (the "Offering"). Under the agreement, the syndicate has agreed to purchase 4,550,000 trust units of BOX (the "Units") at a purchase price of C$22.00 per Unit, for gross proceeds of C$100,100,000. In addition, Brookfield Office Properties has granted an underwriters' option, exercisable in whole or in part up to two business days prior to closing, to purchase up to an additional 682,500 Units held by Brookfield Office Properties. Brookfield Office Properties and its affiliates currently own an economic interest of approximately 90.6% in BOX. Upon completion of the Offering, but before giving effect to the over-allotment option, Brookfield Office Properties and its affiliates will own an economic interest of approximately 85.8% interest in BOX. Should the underwriters' option be exercised in full, Brookfield Office Properties and its affiliates will own an economic interest of approximately 85.0% in BOX.BOX intends to file a prospectus supplement in all provinces and territories of Canada in connection with the Offering. The Offering is expected to close on or about November 30, 2010. Closing is subject to a number of customary conditions, including receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals. BOX will not receive any proceeds from the Offering. This press release is not an offer of securities for sale in the United States. The Units being offered have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933 and accordingly are not being offered for sale and may not be offered, sold or delivered, directly or indirectly within the United States, its possessions and other areas subject to its jurisdiction or to, or for the account or for the benefit of a U.S. person, except pursuant to an exemption from the registration requirements of that Act. About Brookfield Office Properties Brookfield Office Properties owns, develops and manages premier office properties in the United States, Canada and Australia. Its portfolio is comprised of interests in over 100 properties totalling more than 75 million square feet in the downtown cores of New York, Washington, D.C., Houston, Los Angeles, Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, making it the global leader in the ownership and management of office assets. Landmark properties include the World Financial Center in Manhattan, Brookfield Place in Toronto, Bank of America Plaza in Los Angeles, Bankers Hall in Calgary, Darling Park in Sydney and City Square in Perth. The company's common shares trade on the NYSE and TSX under the symbol BPO. For more information, visit www.brookfieldofficeproperties.com.Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements and information within the meaning of applicable securities legislation. Although Brookfield Office Properties believes that the anticipated future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the 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 because they involve assumptions, 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. Accordingly, the company cannot give any assurance that its expectations will in fact occur and cautions that actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements and information include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions; local real estate conditions, including the development of properties in close proximity to the company's properties; timely leasing of newly-developed properties and re-leasing of occupied square footage upon expiration; dependence on tenants' financial condition; the uncertainties of real estate development and acquisition activity; the ability to effectively integrate acquisitions; interest rates; availability of equity and debt financing; the impact of newly-adopted accounting principles on the company's accounting policies and on period-to-period comparisons of financial results; and other risks and factors described from time to time in the documents filed by the company with the securities regulators in Canada and the United States, including in the Annual Information Form under the heading "Business of Brookfield Properties – Company and Real Estate Industry Risks," and in the company's most recent interim report under the heading "Management's Discussion and Analysis." The company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Melissa ColeyBrookfield Properties CorporationVice President, Investor Relations and Communications212.417.7215melissa.coley@brookfield.com