Only one firm took home Mergers & Acquisitions’ 2014 M&A Mid-Market Award for Private Equity Firm of the Year: HGGC. But among the eight awards Mergers & Acquisitions bestowed, we also honored three other PE firms: Huron Capital Partners, the Riverside Co. and Thoma Bravo. All four PE firms thrived in 2014, demonstrating different aspects of dealmaking.

Gretchen Perkins originated the majority of the deals closed by Huron in 2014, which won her Dealmaker of the Year. In addition to recognizing Perkins and Huron, the award highlighted the importance of finding good deals in today’s increasingly competitive PE landscape. Perkins is the first woman chosen as Dealmaker of the Year, reflecting the rise of women among the middle-market ranks. Our Deal of the Year award often goes to a strategic buyer.

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