The M&A industry is more competitive than ever, and dealmakers are constantly looking for a leg up on their competition and for ways to maximize their investment returns. Products and services that may give dealmakers an upper hand are highly sought after. Here’s our updated annual look at some of the tools and services designed for dealmakers.

Data providers No good dealmaker can make the right decisions without having the numbers. Access to reliable data is extremely important. The number of data providers in the industry has grown substantially over the years, as they recognize that dealmakers seem to have an insatiable appetite for data. Venture Economics, now known as Thomson Reuters Corp. (NYSE: TRI), used to be the only formidable game in town, but today the industry has a wide variety of data providers.

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