Saturday, March 26th, 2011
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire) - For the second year in a row, BMO Capital Markets has been named the World's Best Metals and Mining Investment Bank by Global Finance Magazine.

Each year Global Finance selects the best financial institutions around the world. These awards have become a recognized and trusted standard of excellence.

"2010 was a standout year for our team and our clients," said Egizio Bianchini, Vice-Chair and Co-Head Global Metals & Mining, BMO Capital Markets. "This award is testament to our commitment to clients. Whether it is advisory services, capital raising, research or investing, we are here to help our clients stay ahead, and we look forward to another great year helping them achieve their ambitions."

In 2010, BMO Capital Markets achieved the following:

--  Ranked #1 in North American mining M&A by Bloomberg, with 20 deals

    totalling close to US$18 billion.

--  Ranked in the Top 3 in North American mining equity underwriting, with

    56 deals (24 of them as Bookrunner), totalling more than C$1 billion.

--  Solidified its position as the largest mining research group in the

    world, with 10 dedicated analysts covering more than 150 global metals,

    mining and fertilizer stocks.

"Today's global mining industry is a maze of complex economic, geographic, environmental and regulatory challenges. With nearly a century of service to clients, we understand the forces shaping the industry, and this award recognizes our ability to assist companies who are looking for new global opportunities," added Jason Neal, Co-Head Global Metals & Mining, BMO Capital Markets.

"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 BMO Capital Markets Metals and Mining 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.

Contact Profile

BMO in China

BMO Financial Group is the only Canadian bank incorporated in China, with branches in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Hong Kong. It is the only foreign financial institution headquartered in Beijing. BMO also has a representative office in Taipei, Taiwan and an Investment Banking representative office in Beijing.

In September 2010, BMO officially opened its new incorporated subsidiary, Bank of Montreal (China) Co. Ltd. (BMO ChinaCo), allowing the bank the flexibility to expand its product and service offerings for North American and Chinese clients. In addition, earlier this year, BMO became the first Canadian bank to offer North American commercial clients the ability to make payments directly to Chinese companies in the Chinese Yuan (CNY).

A History of Excellence
BMO's Foreign Exchange Group is a recognized leader in Canadian Dollar foreign exchange. The group has consistently won several global awards for its capabilities. Most recently, BMO was named the Best Forex Provider, North America by Global Banking & Finance Review; Best FX Bank North America by DealMaker's Monthly survey and Top 20 FX Bank Globally by FX Week Magazine. In China, for the fourth year in a row, BMO was named one of the Most Popular Market Makers in China and the Best Non-U.S. Dollar Market Maker by the China Foreign Exchange Trade System (CFETS).

About BMO Capital Markets
BMO Capital Markets is a member of BMO Financial Group (NYSE: BMO)(TSX: BMO), one of the largest diversified financial services providers in North America with CDN$413 billion total assets and 38,000 employees as at January 31, 2011.



Media Contacts:
Beja Rodeck, Toronto
(416) 867-3996

Holly Holt, New York
(212) 885-4153

Shenghow Lim, Beijing
(86-10) 8588 1487
Beja Rodeck, Toronto
P: (416) 867-3996

BMO Capital Markets

BMO Capital Markets is a leading, full-service North American financial services provider, with more than 2,000 employees operating in 14 North American offices and 26 worldwide, 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 (NYSE: BMO)(TSX: BMO), one of the largest diversified financial services providers in North America with US$410 billion total assets and 38,000 employees as at January 31, 2011.
Holly Holt
P: (212) 885 4153


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