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Meet the 2017 Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A

By Mary Kathleen Flynn

The second edition of Mergers & Acquisitions’ special report celebrates 35 leading female transaction professionals, including Kristina Heinze, co-founder of ParkerGale

Marilyn Adler

By Danielle Fugazy

Sphere of Influence: Heads Medley Capital’s SBIC fund, contributes to the SBIA and ACG New York, and lobbies on behalf of the middle market on Capitol Hill

Molly Ashby

By Danielle Fugazy

Sphere of Influence: Bets big on companies cherished by and often run by women, including maraconi and cheese maker Annie’s Inc.

Andrea Auerbach

By Danielle Fugazy

Sphere of Influence: Evaluates funds for investment and co-investment opportunities on behalf of the firm’s private equity clients

Karen Bechtel

By Danielle Fugazy

Sphere of Influence: Co-heads global health care for Carlyle and has invested approximately $2 billion of equity in companies around the world over the past 10 years

Chrisanne Corbett

By Allison Collins

Sphere of Influence: Spearheads U.S. industrials transactions and co-leads KPMG's audit, tax and equity coverage team

Catherine Dargan

By Demitri Diakantonis

Sphere of Influence: Co-leads law firm Covington’s M&A practice and serves on the firm’s management committee

Carey Davidson

By Mary Kathleen Flynn

Sphere of Influence: Initiated Monroe’s capital markets function, leads buy-side club originations, relationship management, and marketing as well as sell-side syndications

Robin Engelson

By Kamaron Leach

Sphere of Influence: Founder and managing partner; holds nearly 32 years of experience in lending and investment banking; and serves on several executive boards

Venita Fields

By Keith Button

Sphere of Influence: President of ACG Chicago; has structured, closed or managed about $2 billion in investments in the automotive, aviation, environmental, food, industrial, manufacturing, retail and service sectors

Amy Forrestal

By Demitri Diakantonis

Sphere of Influence: Brings vast experience advising on restaurant deals, including KFC and Taco Bell franchises, to her clients

Mary Gaede

By Allison Collins

Sphere of Influence: Handles West Coast private equity clients for Antares, the biggest lender in the middle market

Janki Gandhi

By Keith Button

Sphere of Influence: Manages client relationships and leads deal teams in the investment bank’s consumer group

Lori Haram

By Demitri Diakantonis

Sphere of Influence: Implements M&A strategy, which consists of growing by at least one percent annually through acquisitions

Jeri Harman

By Allison Collins

Sphere of Influence: Runs one of the most active lending shops in the middle market, co-chairs the annual ACG Los Angeles Business Conference and serves as vice chair of the SBIA

Hollie Moore Haynes

By Keith Button

Sphere of Influence: After cutting her teeth at Silver Lake, where she worked on significant tech deals, such as the buyout of Seagate’s hard drive unit, Haynes recently founded tech-focused PE firm Luminate

Kristina Heinze

By Mary Kathleen Flynn

Sphere of Influence: Heads up deal sourcing at young, tech-focused private equity firm ParkerGale, which she co-founded with fellow partners from Chicago Growth Partners

Pam Hendrickson

By Mary Kathleen Flynn

Sphere of Influence: Runs Riverside’s back-office functions, fundraising and deal origination; serves on the firm’s investment committee and supervises a fund; previously served as chair of the ACG; testified before Congress on behalf of PE industry

Mary Josephs

By Danielle Fugazy

Sphere of Influence: Structures innovative ESOPs for middle-market companies

Julia Karol

By Danielle Fugazy

Sphere of Influence: Evaluates funds for investment and co-investment opportunities on behalf of the firm’s private equity clients

Mercedes Kerr

By Demitri Diakantonis

Sphere of Influence: Manages business relationships to help the company expand its healthcare real estate portfolio

Karin Kovacic

By Keith Button

Sphere of Influence: Spearheads new business development and deal origination for the BNY Mellon subsidiary; chairs ACG Connecticut chapter; serves on the boards of AM&AA and ACG Global

Amber Landis

By Keith Button

Sphere of Influence: Lobbies on behalf of the middle market in Washington, D.C., including meeting with members of Congress and federal regulators

Tricia Marks

By Keith Button

Sphere of Influence: Manages the firm’s loan syndication effort and third-party capital, and serves on the investment committee

Beatrice Mitchell

By Keith Button

Sphere of Influence: Co-owns one of the oldest independent middle-market investment banking firms

Nicola Morris

By Demitri Diakantonis

Sphere of Influence: Leads M&A efforts of acquisitive vehicle payment processing services provider Wex

Hadley Mullin

By Danielle Fugazy

Sphere of Influence: Leverages 20 years of experience working on consumer deals, such as Smashbox, Yard House, Radio Systems and Sexy Hair, to play several roles at TSG, including serving on the investment committee

Raquel Palmer

By Keith Button

Sphere of Influence: Chairs the investment committee of the turnaround-focused PE firm and serves on the board of nine portfolio companies

Gretchen Perkins

By Danielle Fugazy

Sphere of Influence: Originates many of Huron’s deals and influences public policy for the middle market as co-chair of ACG’s public policy committee

Beth Pickens

By Allison Collins

Sphere of Influence: Runs cross-border consumer goods deals, such as Harrys of London, out of the investment bank’s London office

Sheryl Schwartz

By Danielle Fugazy

Sphere of Influence: As a limited partner, Schwartz invests in primary and secondary private equity funds on behalf of Caspian clients

Astrid Soto

By Kamaron Leach

Sphere of Influence: Heads business development for AUA; contributes to the ACG New York’s Women of Leadership committee; looks to increase diversity in private equity, specifically among minority groups and the Hispanic community

Christine Tiseo

By Allison Collins

Sphere of Influence: Runs financing processes for private equity firms that are making leveraged acquisitions, refinancing companies or issuing dividend recapitalizations

Emily Waldorf

By Demitri Diakantonis

Sphere of Influence: Spearheads Campbell’s corporate direction and planning processes, including expanding the maker of well-known comfort foods into new, growing segments through the identification of acquisitions, such as Bolthouse Farms

Amber McGraw Walsh

By Demitri Diakantonis

Sphere of Influence: As head of the healthcare practice at McGuireWoods, she advises on a wide range of deals in the sector, including physician-owned hospitals

Alisa Wood

By Danielle Fugazy

Sphere of Influence: Heads KKR’s products specialist area globally for all private market activities, participates in capital raising and nurtures relationships with limited partners

Pickup in M&A Predicted by Dealmakers, Following Republican Sweep

By Demitri Diakantonis

Audax Group's Geoffrey Rehnert and Avante's Jeri Harman were among the dealmakers we interviewed at the 2016 ACG LA Business Conference

Dr Pepper Snapple Group Absorbs Bai Brands to Grow "Healthy" Beverage Lines

By Kamaron Leach

Danone, General Atlantic, Milk Hain and Pinnacle recently purchased better-for-you brands

Sangetsu Acquires Wall Coverer Koroseal, Grows in U.S.

By Demitri Diakantonis

The seller, Peak Rock, previously backed Berner Foods, Diamond Crystal and Lew’s Fishing

Bain, Bow Street Acquire Blue Nile, an Online Purveyor of Diamond Rings

By Demitri Diakantonis

Growing e-commerce businesses, including Ashley Steward, Hanna Andersson and Total Hockey, are attracting investors

The Cheesecake Factory Backs North Italia and Flower Child, as Specialized Casual Dining Restaurants Flourish

By Demitri Diakantonis

Jimmy John’s, Joe & the Juice and Wetzel’s Pretzels have received private equity investments

Closing the Gender Gap

By Mary Kathleen Flynn

ACG Philadelphia invites female members to play nine holes, or take a golf clinic taught by PGA professionals

Snyder's-Lance Sheds Diamond’s Culinary Nut Line to Focus on Snacks

By Demitri Diakantonis

Snyder’s is hanging onto Diamond’s Pop Secret popcorn brand; the move comes as consumer goods companies, including Newell and Prestige, sell off assets to hone in on fast-growing brands

Mezzanine Debt Ruled in 2016, as Other Forms of Debt Faltered

By Kamaron Leach

Audax and Carlyle recently raised mezzanine debt funds

Financial Services M&A to Pick Up, Say Dealmakers

Survey participants expect dealmaking to benefit from a wave of deregulation of the financial services industry under a Republican president and Congress

Trump’s Impact on M&A May Reflect Traditional Republican Policies: Guest Article

By Eric Siegel and Steve Stoute, Dechert LLP

Areas of alignment between Trump and traditional Republicans include: lower taxes for businesses; more spending on infrastructure and defense; and fewer regulations of financial services

Index of M&A Activity: November Composite at 50.8

While dealflow slowed in November during the uncertainty of the election, most dealmakers said the lull was temporary and that the new administration will boost deal activity

January Cover Story Features 35 of the Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A

By Mary Kathleen Flynn

As the private equity industry matures and some of the older players step aside, there’s room for new firms; new leadership of old firms; and more opportunities for newcomers, including women and minorities