CHICAGO — After debuting its new 16,000-square-foot trading floor earlier this month, Chicago-based BMO Capital Markets is now looking to fill some of its empty seats with taxable traders and hire additional bankers to generate more product for its desk as the firm seeks to crack the top-10 list of senior managers of municipal offerings.

The push marks the firm's ongoing evolution from a strong player in the bank-qualified, middle-markets business to the ranks of national underwriters that began to take shape following BMO's acquisition of the Chicago-based boutique firm Griffin, Kubik, Stephens & Thompson Inc. in May 2008.

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