Coming off the heels of a robust fourth quarter, the beginning of 2017 offers a much better lending environment than the same period a year earlier, when the availability of financing was volatile. "We look at our pipeline of transactions right now, and it’s about as robust as it's been in quite some time," says John Martin, co-CEO of middle-market lending powerhouse Antares Capital, in an interview shot with Mergers & Acquisitions.

Along with co-CEO David Brackett, Martin predicts a 10 to 15 percent increase in business for Antares in 2017. "We have visibility into at least the first half of 2017 indicating that we're going to be very busy." Brackett and Martin foresee a lower tax rate for corporations and capital gains, and a more lenient regulatory environment during Donald Trump’s presidency. Among other things, Brackett says a Republican-controlled executive branch will likely spearhead a positive boost in infrastructure spending. As for other sectors, the healthcare industry may experience pushback with the potential repeal of Obamacare.

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