At Mergers & Acquisitions’ The Best in M&A Speak virtual event, where we announced the winners of the 2021 Top 10 Middle-Market Deals of the Year, leading investors discussed the importance of developing company alignment, KPIs, and ESG initiatives in adding value to company profiles. Julia Karol, president and COO of Watermill Group moderated the panel, which included Kallie Hapgood, managing director, investor relations, of Gridiron Capital; Tyrone Johnson, operating partner of Trive Capital; and Pericles Mazarakis, managing partner of Trispan Capital. Karol is one of our 2021 Top 25 Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A.