As middle-market dealmaking becomes increasingly global, building relationships with transaction professionals outside the U.S. is more important than ever. The Association for Corporate Growth's EuroGrowth 2014 conference October 15-16, held at the Grange St. Paul's Hotel in the heart of London's business district, provides a great opportunity to connect with dealmakers from all over the world.

The inaugural event in 2013 drew nearly 200 private equity and M&A professionals from 10 countries on five continents and featured networking opportunities, executive panels and roundtable discussions. At the 2013 conference, I participated in a roundtable about the challenges of cross-border M&A led by the Jordan Co.'s Andrew Rice, who has conducted dozens of deals in China. The conversation quickly turned to differences in the way private equity investors are perceived in various parts of the world. (For more on M&A overseas, see the feature "Transatlantic Transactions.")

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