BMO Financial Group is one of the largest and oldest diversified financial services providers domiciled in North America, with more than 45,000 employees around the world and financial strength built on a strong balance sheet and effective risk controls. BMO Financial Group was one of the first overseas banks to open an office in London and it has maintained a continuous presence since 1870. Today, BMO employs more than 700 people offering a broad range of investment banking and wealth management products and services. The London office is the headquarters for the EMEA region and is supported by additional offices in Paris, Zurich, Dublin and Abu Dhabi. In 2014, BMO acquired F&C Asset Management plc for £708 million, significantly expanding and adding to its U.K. based wealth and asset management presence.