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RBC Capital Markets appoints Deborah Freer as U.S. Chief Operating Officer

NEW YORK, May 11, 2009 — RBC Capital Markets today announced the appointment of Deborah Freer as Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer for its U.S. operations. She will report to Mark Hughes, RBC Capital Markets' Global Chief Operating Officer/Head of Global Credit. As Freer will be based in New York, she will also work closely with Mark Standish, President and Co-CEO of RBC Capital Markets.

In this role, Freer will participate in the management of RBC's U.S. capital markets business. She will partner with business unit leaders and operating executives, and serve as a key point of local contact and coordination for the firm's functional support teams in the U.S.

Prior to joining RBC, Freer spent 20 years with Merrill Lynch in a variety of senior management roles within the firm's global capital markets, systems, technology, marketing and business development functions. Freer has extensive experience in the rationalization and consolidation of business processes, including specific expertise in re-engineering futures, security services and financing operations. Her most recent role at Merrill Lynch was head of Global Client Services for Capital Markets, where she was accountable for the day-to-day operations of the firm's capital markets clients. Freer was most recently with Citigroup's Global Financing Services business, where she was Head of Client Integration, responsible for client relationships and all aspects of new business processing.

"Throughout her career, Deborah has been highly effective at identifying core issues and providing solutions that align with a firm's corporate vision," said Mark Hughes, Global Chief Operating Officer/Head of Global Credit, RBC Capital Markets. "Her extensive experience in assembling and leading multi-functional teams that support capital markets operations, combined with a deep understanding of client relationships, will be a tremendous asset to us as we continue to grow our capital markets platform in the U.S."

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 a top 20 investment bank globally.

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For further information, please contact:

Kevin Foster,
RBC, (212) 428-6902,

Loretta Healy,
The Hubbell Group, (781) 878-8882,


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