Bank of Montreal was incorporated in 1821 by an Act of Lower Canada as the first Canadian chartered bank. The Company offers credit and non-credit products and services directly and through Canadian and non-Canadian subsidiaries. The Company is comprised of three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking which provides financial services to personal and commercial customers across Canada and in select markets in the U.S. Midwest through its branches as well as directly and a network of automated banking machines; Private Client Group which provides wealth management products and services to individuals and select institutional segments through Bank of Montreal, BMO Nesbitt Burns(r), BMO InvestorLine(r), Guardian Mutual Funds, Jones Heward Investment Counsel and BMO Harris Private Banking in Canada and through Harris Private Bank and Harris Investment Management in the United States and BMO Capital Markets which serves corporate, institutional and government clients in Canada and the United States but also in the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and Australia, offering clients complete financial and capital markets solutions. The Bank's Corporate Services and Technology and Operations groups, provide risk management, information technology and other corporate services to the three operating groups. The Company also provides investment dealer services through the BMO Nesbitt Burns group of companies, which include BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc., a Canadian investment dealer and BMO Capital Markets Corp. The Company competes with companies including full-service banks, internet banks, trust companies, credit unions, online and full-service brokerages, investment dealers, life and property and casualty insurance companies, mutual fund dealers and other mono-line financial institutions among others. The activities of Bank of Montreal and its subsidiaries in the United States are subject to federal and state supervision, regulation and examination by bank regulatory and other governmental agencies.