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The 11 up and coming dealmakers recognized by Mergers & Acquisitions faced unprecedented challenges from the Covid pandemic and quarantines. Despite the adverse conditions, these stellar transaction professionals sourced and closed deals while displaying creativity, flexibility, proficiency and empathy. All the while, they were champions of ESG and DEI, providing a promising glimpse of the future of private equity. On the pages that follow, read our profiles, featuring quotes from the Rising Stars themselves, as well as comments from their sponsoring executives.