At The Best in M&A Speak virtual event, where we announced the winners of the 2021 Top 10 Middle-Market Deals of the Year, senior reporter Brandon Zero moderated a panel with leading dealmakers: Richard Baum, managing partner of Consumer Growth Partners; Kenneth Binick, managing director & co-head of the co-investment team at Portfolio Advisors; and Brett Hickey, founder & CEO of Star Mountain Capital. Our panelists shared insights on many topics including expanding the funnel, deal flow, and increased competition.

“There continues to seem to be more and more independent sponsors but there are also many independent sponsors who have been there for a long time that are really fatigued from the grind of trying to raise a fund,” said Star Mountain’s Hickey. “You get ebbs and flows of all sorts both in and out.”

For the full discussion, watch the video above.  And click here for 2021 Top 10 Middle-Market Deals of the Year.