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BMO Capital Markets Named Best Investment Bank in Canada

BMO the only Canadian bank to win two awards in World Finance 2012 Banking Awards



TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 1, 2012) - BMO Capital Markets has been named the Best Investment Bank in Canada for 2012 by World Finance Magazine.

The World Finance Awards recognize industry leaders, eminent individuals, exemplary teams and distinguished organizations which represent the benchmark of achievement and best practice in a variety of fields.

"Whether it is M&A advisory or capital raising, our goal at BMO Capital Markets is to go above and beyond in providing these services. Our wealth of expertise and network of contacts give us deep knowledge of the trends and issues affecting our clients," said Peter Myers, Head of Investment & Corporate Banking, Canada, BMO Capital Markets. "Our capabilities continue to draw attention here in Canada and abroad and this recognition solidifies BMO's reputation as a leading investment bank."

"Although the competition was fierce, recognising BMO Capital Markets as the best investment bank in Canada was not a difficult decision," said Alexander Redcliffe, Editor of World Finance and head of the judging panel. "The bank presents an excellent level of service to its clients, and has continued to build a platform for sustained growth."

In addition, BMO Harris Private Banking was named the Best Private Bank in Canada. BMO Financial Group was the only Canadian bank to win two awards in the 2012 World Finance Banking Awards.

About World Finance Magazine

World Finance Magazine is a critically acclaimed bi-monthly magazine and website providing in-depth coverage and analysis of the financial industry and global economy. The editorial board combines award-winning reportage from in-house journalists and correspondents with contributions from some of the most influential economic and political thinkers of our time, globally recognized for the part they have played in shaping contemporary thought and the way we look at the financial world.

About BMO Capital Markets

BMO Capital Markets is a leading, full-service North American financial services provider, with 2,300 employees operating in 29 offices worldwide, including 16 in North America and offering corporate, institutional and government clients access to a complete range of investment and corporate banking products and services. BMO Capital Markets is a member of BMO Financial Group, one of the largest diversified financial services providers in North America with total assets of $525 billion and more than 46,000 employees as at April 30, 2012.

For more information on BMO Capital Markets, please visit http://www.bmocm.com.

For more information on the World Finance Magazine awards, please visit http://www.worldfinance.com/awards.

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