BMO Celebrates Grand Opening of New Shanghai Branch

    SHANGHAI, June 18 /CNW/ - BMO Financial Group, Canada's leading bank in
China, celebrated the grand opening of its Shanghai Branch on June 19th. The
branch, which commenced operations on May 13th, will provide North American
and Chinese clients with a wide range of products, including trade finance,
corporate financing, treasury products, term deposits, foreign exchange and
US$ accounts. In addition, the branch will assist Chinese nationals seeking to
immigrate to Canada with advice and immigration banking services. BMO's
Shanghai branch combines the expertise of on-the-ground advisers, who have a
deep understanding of local legal and regulatory structures, and the strength
of BMO's professional teams in North America.
    "With branches in Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and now Shanghai, BMO is
exceptionally well-positioned to help Chinese corporate and institutional
clients and North American businesses do business in China," said Bill Downe,
Chief Executive of BMO Financial Group. "Upgrading from a Representative
Office to full Branch status gives BMO broader geographic coverage in China
and will allow us to better serve clients investing in the bustling Yangtze
River Delta region, which is home to over 90 million people and is the largest
recipient of North American direct investment in China.
    "BMO's ties with China go back to 1818 - the year after our founding -
when we undertook our first foreign exchange transaction in support of trade
with China, added Mr. Downe. "For my entire working life, China has been a
most important destination for presidents of BMO."
    "In the 1920s, BMO sent an officer on a long sea trip to China. Upon
seeing the prosperity, he recommended that we open a branch here.
Unfortunately, the Great Depression and other historical events got in the
way. Today, our dream has come true," said Bob Martin, BMO's Regional
Executive - Asia, who has lived in Asia for almost 30 years. "Today, the full
range of BMO's capabilities in China is extraordinary and our team represents
the very best in commitment from a foreign bank that you will ever find in
    Commenting on BMO's 28 per cent equity interest in Shanghai-based
Fullgoal Fund Management Co., Mr. Downe said, "Wealth management is an
important plank in BMO's China strategy and, as per capita income grows,
Fullgoal will grow too and will be there to help Chinese investors save and
plan for the future."

    BMO Accomplishments in China:

    -   In November 2004, BMO became the first Canadian bank to be granted a
        license by the China Banking Regulatory Commission to sell derivative
        instruments in China.

    -   In March 2005, BMO was the only Canadian bank selected as a
        marketmaker for foreign exchange trading in China through the
        interbank China Foreign Exchange Trade System (CFETS).

    -   In July 2005, BMO's Guangzhou branch became the first Canadian bank
        location to be granted a license to provide RMB local currency
        service such as deposits and loans to both foreign and local
        companies in China, providing greater access to financial services in
        the country.

    -   In August 2005, Fullgoal received a license to manage corporate
        pension plan assets in China. Only three other foreign financial
        institution joint ventures received licenses.

    -   In June 2006, BMO's investment banking arm was one of six financial
        institutions, and the only Canadian financial institution, to act as
        co-lead Manager of Bank of China's IPO in Hong Kong.

    -   In July 2006, BMO's Beijing branch became the first Canadian bank
        location to be granted permission to deal in RMB transactions out of

    -   In February 2008, the China Foreign Exchange Trading System
        recognized BMO as the No.1 Foreign Exchange Bank in the Guangzhou
        region. This is the seventh year that we have earned this

    - BMO is also:

        -  The first Canadian bank and one of a handful of foreign banks to
           participate as a marketmaker in China's foreign exchange market
           starting in 2002
        -  The first Canadian bank in China to price and trade Foreign
           Exchange forwards
        -  The first Canadian bank to underwrite a domestic China bond in
           US Dollars
        -  A pioneer in the Chinese foreign exchange market that has
           consistently ranked among the top 10 banks in China (domestic and
           foreign) for the past 10 years.

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