Time is running out. Friday, March 12, is the deadline for nominations for Mergers & Acquisitions’ 2021 Mid-Market Deals of the Year Awards. Winners set the gold standard for M&A and will be announced at our virtual event on May 5.

Mergers & Acquisitions is seeking nominations for our 14th Annual M&A Mid-Market Awards. Nominations are due March 12.


While building on our long history of recognizing the best of the middle market, we are launching a new approach to our awards. With this new approach, we will focus exclusively on the deals themselves.

Buyers will win the award, but we will recognize many firms involved in the 2021 Mid-Market Deals of the Year, including sellers, investment banks, law firms and other advisors.

What Makes a Winner?

The 2021 Mid-Market Deals of the Year Awards honor the transactions that set the gold standard for M&A. To determine the winners, we ask:

How does this deal stand out from others?

In what way is the deal pioneering or innovative?

What does the buyer gain in the deal?

How does the deal affect the sector the companies are in?

What challenges did the deal overcome?

How does the deal demonstrate leadership?

Are there any “fun facts” that make the deal special?

Eligibility Requirements and Other Details:

*Transactions must have closed between 1/1/20 and 3/12/21.

*Deal value must be between $100M and roughly $1B. (Deals with undisclosed terms are also accepted.)

*The buyer and/or seller must be a U.S. company.

*There is no fee to submit a nomination.

*Nominations must be submitted through our electronic form only.

*Anyone can submit a nomination, but the buyer will be the winner.

*There is no limit to the number of nominations an individual or firm can nominate.

*On the nomination form, please provide only information that we may publish. 

*We do not accept anonymous nominations or confidential information on the nomination form.

*All decisions are made by the editorial team, led by editor-in-chief Mary Kathleen Flynn.

*Please send comments and questions to: Dealsof[email protected]

*For examples of past winners, please see:

Piper Jaffray takes home Deal of the Year for buying Sandler O’Neill

Deal of the Year: Fortive


March 12: Nominations Due.

May 5: The Best in M&A Speak. Meet the crème de la crème – the dealmakers who have set the standard for transactions in the middle market – at our virtual event, where we will announce the winners.

Good luck to all the nominees!