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November 25 • Online

rising star winner Miguel Mendes



BMO Financial Group


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Miguel Mendes is Senior Litigation Counsel at BMO Financial Group. He has Capital Markets, Wealth Management and Banking expertise, and advises BMO’s Retail Banking Business on contentious matters across Canada, Europe and Asia-Pacific. As part of BMO Legal’s Idea Incubator program, he designed an innovative digital service to make investing in segregated insurance funds faster and easier for BMO’s customers and broker networks. He is a top resource for resolving exceptionally sensitive complaints, partly stemming from his hands-on resolution of a years-long dispute. Mendes Chairs BMO Pride, dedicated to ensuring BMO’s LGBTQ+ employees and customers can be their authentic selves. He was a lead architect and founding Chair of BMO’s Canadian Pro Bono Program. As a Pro Bono Ontario volunteer duty counsel, Mendes acts for an HIV+ Venezuelan man fighting for US asylum through BMO’s Asylum Project. Mendes is President of the Portuguese-Canadian Lawyers Association.

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