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BMO Capital Markets Named Best Canadian Investment Bank, World's Best Metals & Mining Investment Bank

Announced as part of Global Finance's World's Best Investment Banks 2013 Awards

NEW YORK, NEW YORK and TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 25, 2013) - BMO Capital Markets, the investment & corporate banking arm of BMO Financial Group (TSX/NYSE:BMO), has been named Canada's Best Investment Bank and World's Best Metals & Mining Investment Bank in the Global Finance World's Best Investment Banks 2013 Awards.

This marks the fourth consecutive year that BMO Capital Markets has earned the Global Finance Best Investment Bank Award for Metals & Mining, and the third time in five years it has been named Best Investment Bank in Canada.

These 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.

"We are proud that our commitment to providing the best services and best experience to our clients has been recognized," said Darryl White, Global Head of Investment & Corporate Banking, BMO Capital Markets. "As we go into our 22nd Annual Global Metals & Mining Conference, a preeminent event in the mining industry, these awards solidify BMO's reputation as not only a leader in the natural resources sector, but a leading global investment bank as well."

"The investment banking industry has changed as a result of the financial crisis," said Global Finance Publisher Joseph D. Giarraputo. "The best institutions are those that have a business model focused on customer needs, and the BMO Capital Markets team is an excellent example of this."

Global Finance editors, with input from industry experts, use a number of criteria to arrive at their selections. These include market share, number and size of deals, service and advice, structuring capabilities, distribution network, efforts to address market conditions, innovation, pricing, and market reputation.

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 October 31, 2012.

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