BMO Capital Markets Expands M&A Capabilities in the Energy Sector with Key Hire in Houston



    HOUSTON, TX, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - BMO Capital Markets, the investment and
corporate banking arm of BMO Financial Group (TSX, NYSE:   BMO), has hired Peter
Boukouzis to focus on M&A opportunities in the energy sector.
    Mr. Boukouzis joins as a Director. He will be based in Houston, Texas,
where BMO Capital Markets has a leading team of 13 investment and corporate
bankers dedicated to the U.S. energy sector. Mr. Boukouzis will report to
Scott Humphrey, Head of U.S. Mergers & Acquisitions, BMO Capital Markets.
    "Given the continued consolidation within the energy industry, we are
pleased to have someone of Pete's experience and caliber join our team," said
Mr. Humphrey.
    "Pete's appointment reinforces BMO's reputation as a leading full-service
investment and corporate bank and our commitment to providing energy clients
with the best advice that will help them grow in an increasingly competitive
market, as well as keep them abreast of the evolving M&A market," Mr. Humphrey
added.
    Mr. Boukouzis spent nearly eight years at Rothschild Inc. focusing on M&A
transactions in the oil and gas industry. He started his investment banking
career in the global oil and gas group at UBS. He has worked on M&A
assignments in the upstream, services, midstream and downstream sectors of the
oil and gas industry and has executed both public and private company
transactions. Prior to that, he worked seven years in the oil industry as an
engineer. Mr. Boukouzis earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth
School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    About the BMO Capital Markets North American Energy Group

    BMO Capital Markets has more than 40 years of experience working with the
energy industry - nearly half a century of helping ambitious companies power
their growth. The North American Energy Group, which totals 25 investment and
corporate banking professionals in Houston and Calgary, offers M&A advisory
services, customer lending, debt capital, equity products, risk management,
commodity and interest-rate derivatives, foreign exchange hedging and treasury
management services. For more information visit,
http://www.bmocm.com/industry/us/energy

    About BMO Capital Markets

    BMO Capital Markets is a leading full-service North American financial
services provider, with over 2,400 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
(TSX, NYSE:   BMO), one of the largest diversified financial services providers
in North America with US$385 billion total assets and 37,000 employees as at
July 31, 2009.




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kim.hanson@bmo.com, (416) 867-3996; Holly Holt, New York, holly.holt@bmo.com,
(212) 885-4153; Internet: www.bmocm.com


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