Early-stage deal flow in the middle market is accelerating, and dealmakers expect the momentum to continue in 2014, according to polls taken by Mergers & Acquisitions in the fourth quarter. The uptick began in September and October, as our first installment of The Mid-Market M&A Conditions Index demonstrated. 

Completed deals under $1 billion soared in October, as data from Thomson Reuters demonstrates. Closed deals dipped in November, due at least in part to the Thanksgiving holiday, but dealmakers continued to express confidence in middle-market M&A growth.

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