RBC Capital Markets Named U.S. Mid-Market Investment Bank of the Year by IDD

    Award Underscores Firm's Continued Rise in the U.S. and Internationally

    NEW YORK, Jan. 29 /CNW/ - RBC Capital Markets today announced that its
U.S. investment banking group has been named Mid-Market Investment Bank of the
Year by Investment Dealers' Digest (IDD), a leading journal of the investment
banking industry.
    "We're deeply honored to be recognized by IDD as 'Mid-Market Investment
Bank of the Year,' one of the investment banking industry's most respected
awards," said Peter de Vos, RBC Capital Markets' Head of U.S. Investment
Banking. "As the largest and one of the only investment banks with
full-product capability primarily focused on the U.S. middle market, RBC has
been uniquely positioned to provide services that are relevant to our clients
in all market environments. That breadth of capability has helped us to serve
our clients year after year, even in the most challenging markets."
    RBC launched its current U.S. investment banking plan in 2002, and offers
a complete line of products and capabilities to corporate, institutional and
government clients. The firm has a focused expertise in sectors such as
Communications, Media & Entertainment, Consumer, Financial Institutions,
Energy, Healthcare, Industrial & Diversified Services, Real Estate, and
Technology. RBC's range of product capabilities includes M&A, private
placements, leveraged finance, financial sponsors, convertibles, high yield,
and equity capital markets, among others.
    "RBC Capital Markets' investment banking business is strengthened by the
Royal Bank of Canada's size and stability: RBC is the 12th largest bank in the
world, and one of only two banks with an Aaa rating (from Moody's) among the
50 largest banks globally," said Doug Guzman, RBC Capital Markets' Head of
Global Investment Banking. "This has allowed us to continue to grow our U.S.
business in a measured fashion. In 2008, we were able to gain market share
across product areas, add new clients and continue to selectively recruit and
grow our U.S. investment banking and capital markets platforms."
    Last year, RBC's U.S. investment bank acquired Richardson Barr & Co., a
leading energy advisory firm. In 2007, the firm acquired Daniels & Associates,
the nation's most active M&A advisor to the cable, telecom and broadcast

    About RBC Capital Markets

    RBC Capital Markets is the corporate and investment banking arm of RBC
and is active globally in debt origination, sales and trading, foreign
exchange, infrastructure finance, structured products, metals and mining, and
energy. Its North American platform includes a significant U.S. middle market
investment banking franchise and leading equity, underwriting, sales, trading
and research businesses. Bloomberg ranks the firm as the 12th largest
investment bank globally.

For further information:

For further information: Kevin Foster, RBC, (212) 428-6902,
kevin.foster@rbccm.com; Loretta Healy, The Hubbell Group, (781) 878-8882,

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