Monday, October 15, is the last day to submit nominations for Mergers & Acquisitions’ 2019 The Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A. Click here to submit a nomination.

Efforts to recruit and retain women in the financial services industry have increased in recent years; nevertheless, women still make up only about 14 percent of dealmakers in the middle market. By identifying and featuring dozens of influential women, Mergers & Acquisitions nurtures the community of leading women dealmakers in the middle market and provides role models for women who are at earlier stages of their careers.

To be considered, candidates must be women who are outstanding dealmakers both inside and outside of their firms. Evidence of influence in the broader M&A industry is essential. When nominating a candidate, please explain how she outperforms her colleagues at her firm and in the industry. Please provide examples of deals she has led, initiatives she has launched and other instances that show evidence of her influence in the middle market.

While considering the merits of candidates, it’s helpful to read about women who have met our criteria in the past, such as Sarah Bradley, who co-founded private equity firm Kainos Capital and graced our 2018 cover. See the profiles of 35 women in our previous edition.

Anyone can nominate a candidate, including the dealmaker herself, but we do not accept anonymous nominations or confidential information for this project. Please provide only information that we may publish. There is no fee to nominate candidates.

All decisions are made by the editorial team, led by editor-in-chief Mary Kathleen Flynn. The special report will be published on our website,, in mid-December and in the January 2019 issue of Mergers & Acquisitions. If you have questions, please send email to: [email protected].