Middle-market M&A, which began to pick up in the fourth quarter of 2013, is expected to accelerate in 2014, according to strategic buyers, private equity investors, investment bankers, attorneys, accountants and other advisers polled and interviewed recently by Mergers & Acquisitions.

With 638 mid-market deals completed, the fourth quarter was the strongest of 2013, according to data from Thomson Reuters. And M&A practitioners expect deal flow to continue ramping up. Nearly three quarters of the middle-market dealmakers polled by Mergers & Acquisitions in December say they expect 2014 to be a better year than 2013 for M&A in general and for their firms in particular. That's up slightly from those polled in November.

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