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Friday 28 October, 2011

BlackRock AbsRtnStrt

Total Voting Rights

                              TOTAL VOTING RIGHTS                              

                   BLACKROCK ABSOLUTE RETURN STRATEGIES LTD                    
                                ("the Company")                                

In conformity with the Transparency Directive we would like to notify the
market that as of 28 October 2011 the Company's capital consists of the

-      1,665,646 Euro denominated shares of no par value with 1.3 voting rights
       per share                                                               
-      1,727,243 US Dollar denominated shares of no par value with 1 voting    
       right per share                                                         
-      9,702,237 Sterling denominated shares of no par value with 1.5 voting   
       rights per share                                                        

There are no shares held in treasury.

The total number of voting rights in the Company is 18,445,937.

The above figure may be used by shareholders as the denominator for the
calculation by which they will determine if they are required to notify their
interest in, or a change to their interest in, the Company under the Rules.

All enquiries:

Ian Webster
BlackRock (Channel Islands) Limited,
Company Secretary
Tel: 015 3460 0802

Date: 28 October 2011