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BMO Capital Markets Named M&A Investment Banker Team of the Year

BMO the only Canadian bank to be recognized at the 2012 Americas M&A Atlas Awards



NEW YORK, NEW YORK and TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 1, 2012) - BMO Capital Markets, the investment & corporate banking arm of BMO Financial Group (TSX:BMO)(NYSE:BMO), has been recognized with an award for the M&A Investment Banker Team of the Year award for 2012 by Global M&A Network. BMO Capital Markets was the only Canadian bank to receive a 2012 award.

The Americas M&A Atlas Awards recognized BMO Capital Markets for its talent, elevated standards of client service, and depth of knowledge and experience in providing quality advice on complex transactions.

BMO Capital Markets also won two M&A Deal of the Year awards: The first for its advisory role with Resolute Forest Products (AbitibiBowater Inc.) on its acquisition of Fibrek Inc., and separately for its advisory role with Gaz Métro Inc. on its acquisition of Central Vermont Public Service Corporation.

"BMO Capital Markets is a key advisor to its corporate and institutional clients, and provides relevant product expertise and unique industry insights in order to help them successfully pursue value-enhancing opportunities," said Andre Hidi, Global Head of M&A Advisory, BMO Capital Markets. "This recognition reinforces what our clients already know - that BMO delivers the superior standard of service, the breadth of capabilities and the geographical reach expected of a leading investment bank."

"We evaluated a number of well-known North American banks and the BMO Capital Markets team readily distinguished itself from the pack," said Raj Kashyap, Managing Partner of Global M&A Network. "The bank's role advising in award-winning, middle market deals illustrates the bank's strong platform, improvements in number of deals advised, professional leadership and commitment to clients."

About Global M&A Network

Privately held, Global M&A Network is a diversified information, media and educational forum connecting company exclusively serving the mergers, acquisitions, alternative investing, restructuring and turnaround communities from New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Mumbai/New Delhi, to London. The organization produces the prestigious M&A Atlas Awards worldwide. For more information on Global M&A Network or the M&A Atlas Awards, please visit globalmanetwork.com.

About BMO Capital Markets

BMO Capital Markets is a leading, full-service North American financial services provider, with 2,200 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 $542 billion and more than 46,000 employees as at July 31, 2012.

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