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Third Avenue Management Promotes Ryan Dobratz to Co-Lead Portfolio Manager of Third Avenue Real Estate Value Fund

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Third Avenue Management LLC, an investment adviser to private and institutional clients, announced today that Ryan Dobratz, CFA, has been promoted to Co-Lead Portfolio Manager of the Third Avenue Real Estate Value Fund (TAREX, TVRVX), effective February 27, 2015. Mr. Dobratz has served as a Portfolio Manager of the Fund since 2013 and has worked closely with the Fund’s Co-Lead Managers, Michael Winer and Jason Wolf, since joining the firm in 2006. In his new role, Mr. Dobratz will share full responsibility for managing the Fund with Mr. Winer and Mr. Wolf.

In making the announcement, Chief Executive Officer David Barse stated, “Ryan has been an integral part of Third Avenue for the past nine years and has been a major contributor to the Real Estate Fund’s success – evidenced by its consistent excellent long-term performance and 5-Star Morningstar Rating. Ryan exemplifies our firm’s steadfast commitment to delivering superior long-term results to our investors, and his promotion to Co-Lead Portfolio Manager ensures that the success the team has achieved over the Fund’s nearly 17 years will continue.”

“Ryan has proven himself to be an invaluable member of the Real Estate team since he joined the firm, and Jason and I are pleased to recognize him with this well-deserved role and responsibility,” said founding Portfolio Manager Mr. Winer. Mr. Wolf added, “Having worked with Ryan for over nine years, I am immensely proud of his growth as an Analyst and Portfolio Manager. He is a prime example of Third Avenue’s ability to develop talent from within the organization.”

The Third Avenue Real Estate Value Fund is a 5-Star Overall Rated Morningstar fund as of January 31, 2015 and has garnered a Morningstar Analyst Rating of Gold. Under the team’s management, the Fund has had top quartile performance over the 3, 5, 10 and 15-year periods and has grown to more than $3 billion in assets. The Fund was a recipient of the 2014 Lipper Fund Award, named Best Global Real Estate Fund for the three-year period ended December 31, 2013. Additionally, its offshore counterpart, Third Avenue Real Estate Value UCITS Fund, recently received the 2015 Lipper Fund Award in Switzerland.

Commenting on his new appointment, Mr. Dobratz said, “I am sincerely honored to share the responsibility of managing this highly regarded Fund along with Mike and Jason. Having followed Marty Whitman and his teachings long before I joined Third Avenue, it has been the highlight of my career to be a part of this investment team and to practice value investing alongside such esteemed mentors as Marty, Mike and Jason. I look forward to continuing to work with our entire team to uncover unique investment ideas in the global real estate sector that characterize the differentiated strategy our investors have come to expect in the Fund.”

Prior to joining Third Avenue Management in 2006, Mr. Dobratz was a research analyst at Morningstar where he was the primary analyst on several North American Real Estate Investment Trusts (“REITs”), real estate holding companies and homebuilders, including some companies that had been long held in Third Avenue portfolios. Mr. Dobratz holds an M.B.A. with distinction and a B.S. with honors in Business Administration from the University of Missouri. He also studied at the Imperial College of Science & Technology in London, England. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder, member of the New York Society of Security Analysts and the New York Private Equity Network Real Estate Group.

About Third Avenue Management

Third Avenue Management LLC is a New York-based investment advisory firm that offers its services to private and institutional clients. Third Avenue adheres to a disciplined bottom-up value investment strategy, to identify investment opportunities in undervalued securities of companies with high quality assets, understandable businesses and strong management teams that have the potential to create value over the long term. Third Avenue Management offers value-oriented strategies through mutual funds, UCITS, separate accounts and alternative investment vehicles.

Important Information

Third Avenue Real Estate Value Fund is offered by prospectus only. The prospectus contains more complete information on advisory fees, distribution charges, and other expenses and should be read carefully before investing or sending money. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than original cost. The Fund’s returns should be viewed in light of its investment policy and objectives and quality of its portfolio securities and the periods selected. M.J. Whitman LLC, Distributor.

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TAREX received a Morningstar Analyst Rating of Gold as of January 31, 2015.

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TAREX ranks number 1 out of the 181 funds with 3-year track records that are currently included in Morningstar’s Global Real Estate category, based on 3-year average annual returns, as of January 31, 2015. For the five, ten and fifteen-year periods, the Fund ranked 12 out of 153 in the category, 15 out of 33, and 5 out of 21, respectively. Source: Morningstar.

TVRVX ranks number 2 out of the 181 funds with 3-year track records that are currently included in Morningstar’s Global Real Estate category, based on 3-year average annual returns, as of January 31, 2015. For the five-year period, the Fund ranked 14 out of 153 in the category. Source: Morningstar.

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