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 April 02, 2008
RBC Opens Office In Chile

 RBC, the largest financial institution in Canada, has entered the Chilean market with the opening of a financial advisory office in Nueva Las Condes, the new financial centre of Santiago. RBC's objective in Chile will be to provide financial advisory services with a global vision to high net worth individuals. The move complements RBC's strong presence across Latin America amid the firm's ongoing expansion in the region, including last week's office opening in Mexico.

"Chile is an exciting new frontier for RBC," said Antonio Vianna, head of RBC Wealth Management, Latin America region. "We are extremely selective in the markets in which we operate, and within those markets our goal is to build long term partnerships. Chile is at an exciting time in its economic history and we want to be here to participate in its growth."

Richard Diego has been appointed to head the new office. A resident of Chile for nearly two decades, Mr. Diego has extensive experience in Latin American financial markets. He is a former President of the American
Chamber of Commerce, Chile, and has been a member of its Board of Directors since 1996. Mr. Diego is also a former member of the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Commission in Chile.

"Richard brings a superb level of invaluable experience and expertise to our clients," said Anthony Cooper, RBC Wealth Management Vice President & Regional Manager, Latin America.

RBC has been increasing its presence in Latin America and the United States in recent years with the addition of offices in several locations. The firm now has offices in seven Latin American countries and plans to open additional offices throughout the region in 2008. RBC is the fifth largest financial institution in North America and 18th largest in the world by market capitalization.

"The international strength, depth and knowledge of the largest financial institution in Canada, combined with a team of talented local professionals in Chile, will put us in a unique position to provide the absolute best customized financial advice to our clients," said Michael Lagopoulos, international head of RBC Wealth Management.