A wide range of topics was discussed by leading dealmakers at the morning keynote 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. Panelists shared their views about: the welcome resurgence of quality deal flow; the post-quarantine return to the office and face-to-face meetings; concern about the potential for tax changes; the urgent need for increased diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the middle market; and the impact of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues on investing. Morning keynote panelists included some of the top dealmakers in the industry: Jeri Harman, founder and chairman of Avante Capital PartnersStewart Kohl, co-CEO of the Riverside Co.; and Ronald Kruszewski, chairman of the board and CEO of Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE: SF); interviewed by Mergers & Acquisitions’ editor-in-chief Mary Kathleen Flynn.