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First Mining Hires Derek Iwanaka as Vice President of Investor Relations

July 29, 2015

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - July 29, 2015) - First Mining Finance Corp. ("First Mining" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:FF)(OTCQB:FFMGF) is pleased to announce that Derek Iwanaka has joined the Company as Vice President of Investor Relations.

Keith Neumeyer, Chairman of First Mining stated, "We welcome Derek as a new member of our management team. His experience, contacts, and knowledge with leading investor relations initiatives in the mining sector will be important as we continue to build our team and grow shareholder value through mineral asset acquisitions."

Mr. Iwanaka has over 12 years of experience in the investor relations and corporate communications field. Just prior to joining First Mining, he was Manager of Investor Relations with U.S. and Canadian listed uranium producer, Energy Fuels Inc. which recently merged with U.S.-based uranium producer, Uranerz Energy Corporation. Derek was with Uranerz prior to that merger and headed their investor relations department from 2010 until June 2015. While at Uranerz he helped facilitate the raising of US$80 million through equity and debt financings. Prior to Uranerz, he led the investor relations campaigns and initiatives at Brilliant Mining Corp. and during that time, Brilliant was included in the "TSX Venture 50™" which included Canada's top emerging public companies listed on TSX Venture Exchange in 2007 and 2008. Derek started his investor relations career with intermediate gold-producer Bema Gold Corporation from January 2003 until 2006.

About First Mining Finance Corp.

First Mining is a mineral property holding company whose principal business activity is to acquire and hold high-quality mineral assets with a focus in the Americas. First Mining currently holds a portfolio of 19 mineral assets in Mexico, Canada and the United States with a focus on gold. Ultimately our goal is to increase our portfolio of mineral assets through acquisitions which are expected to be comprised of gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc and nickel.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Information

This press release includes certain "forward-looking information" and "forward-looking statements" (collectively "forward-looking statements") within the meaning of applicable Canadian and United States securities legislation including the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the benefits of the Arrangement to First Mining and Coastal Gold shareholders. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein including, without limitation, statements relating to the future operating or financial performance of First Mining, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are frequently, but not always, identified by words such as "expects", "anticipates", "believes", "intends", "estimates", "potential", "possible", and similar expressions, or statements that events, conditions, or results -"will", "may", "could", or "should" occur or be achieved. Actual future results may differ materially. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Risk factors which could cause such forward-looking statements to be incorrect include, among other things, the risk that the acquisition of Coastal Gold by First Mining fails to generate the anticipated benefits and the risks set out in First Mining's filing statement dated March 19, 2015. First Mining's forward-looking statements reflect the beliefs, opinions and projections on the date the statements are made. Except as required by law, First Mining assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements of beliefs, opinions, projections, or other factors, should they change, except as required by law.

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