“The competition is as fierce as it’s ever been,” said Ted Kramer, president and CEO of HKW, in our video interview conducted by Mergers & Acquisitions editor-in-chief, Mary Kathleen Flynn. The conversation took place 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. Kramer shared many useful ideas that could help middle-market private equity firms “keep their edge” while facing increased competition.