BMO Capital Markets Continues to Grow its U.S. Public Finance Business

    Largest bank qualified municipal Bond dealer in Illinois strengthened
    with four new investment banking hires

    CHICAGO, April 7 /CNW/ - BMO Capital Markets, the investment and
corporate banking arm of BMO Financial Group (NYSE, TSX: BMO), announces the
hiring of four new Public Infrastructure bankers.
    Jeff Holt, Neil Pritz, Eric Zampol and Christopher Cochran have joined
the Fixed Income Group covering Public Sector and Infrastructure. Holt and
Pritz join as Managing Directors and Zampol and Cochran as Vice Presidents.
Cochran's focus will be supporting the expansion of our firm's capabilities in
the health care sector.
    "Public infrastructure will be one of the major accelerants to the North
American economy. With the addition of seasoned and specialized investment
bankers such as Neil, Eric and Chris we are well on our way of becoming one of
North America's leading public finance teams. We can help state and municipal
governments manage new debt offerings, refinancing and restructurings to get
their much needed infrastructure projects done now and get people back to
work," said James Kubik, Managing Director, U.S. Public Finance.
    Jeff Holt has almost 30 years of experience in investment banking, the
majority of which has been focused on working with large maritime ports,
transportation infrastructure clients and Class 1 railroads structuring over
$24 billion in debt obligations, derivatives and other securities. Jeff's
previous experience includes positions at Goldman Sachs & Company,
PaineWebber, First Boston and Morgan Stanley. He is a member of the
Transportation Research Board and graduated cum laude from the University of
Utah with a B.S. in Finance.
    Neil Pritz was previously a Managing Director with Banc of America
Securities in Chicago where he developed the firm's public finance practice in
the Upper Midwest. Neil has also held leadership positions at Mesirow
Financial and Banc One Capital Markets. Neil has more than 20 years
originating and managing new issue debt offerings, refinancings and
restructurings for state and local governments, private and public educational
institutions and other tax-exempt borrowers. He holds a BA in Humanities from
Evergreen State College, and an MA and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
    Eric Zampol has over six years of experience in mergers and acquisitions
and infrastructure finance working in Goldman Sachs' San Francisco office.
Eric focuses on large transportation and infrastructure clients and has
completed over $20 billion in debt underwritings and derivatives in addition
to being actively involved in several significant corporate acquisitions and
public concessions. He graduated with honors from Dartmouth College with a
B.A. in Economics.
    Previously, Christopher Cochran was a Vice President with RBC Capital
Markets in the Chicago Public Finance office offering bond, derivative and
credit facility financings. He earned a BBA with a concentration in Finance
and Business Economics from University of Notre Dame.

    About BMO Capital Markets Fixed Income Group

    BMO Capital Markets Fixed Income Group is a full service broker/dealer
committed to continuing to expand our capabilities in the municipal bond
marketplace. The firm specializes in debt securities, including municipal
bonds, U.S. Treasury debt, agencies, and mortgage-backed securities. We
provide services, strategies and products specifically targeted to financial
institutions, investment managers, issuers, and high net worth individuals.

    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
(NYSE, TSX: BMO), one of the largest diversified financial services providers
in North America with US$361 billion total assets and 37,000 employees as at
January 31, 2009.

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