To explore the impact of the 2012 presidential election on middlemarket dealmaking, Mergers & Acquisitions convened a special roundtable, held at the Nasdaq exchange and sponsored by Fifth Street Finance Corp. (Nasdaq: FSC) and Rutan & Tucker LLP. Participants included four private equity investors, two members of government (a Democrat and a Republican), two lenders, an investment banker, an attorney and a consultant. Most of the roundtable participants are supporting former Governor Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) in the election, which underscores the Bain Capital co-founder's popularity among his private equity peers. Watch our video interviews with the roundtable participants. And, for more coverage on the impact of the 2012 presidential election on middlemarket dealmaking, see our October cover story "Friends of Mitt," as well as "President Obama Has Friends in Private Equity, Too," and "Welcome Wagon for Small Businesses?"
Mary Kathleen Flynn, Mergers & Acquisitions (moderator): What's at stake for the middle market in the presidential election?