As the appetite for Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) investing increases, leading dealmakers say the development of standard metrics with AI, the cloud, and new technology will be crucial to progress. At the ESG & Socially Responsible Investing panel of 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, senior reporter, Brandon Zero moderated a video discussion with panelists including: Paul Kang, president, lta Companies Ltd; Salil Patel, managing partner, Virtuosity; and Sheryl Schwartz, adjunct professor private equity and finance, Fordham Gabelli School of Business.