As we look forward to announcing the winners of the 2014 M&A Mid-Market Awards in the April issue of Mergers & Acquisitions, I find myself fielding a lot of questions about our brand's mission and methodologies. We love the feedback, so keep it coming! The best way to reach me is through my email address: Here are answers to some frequently asked questions.

Mergers & Acquisitions focuses squarely on the middle market. So, how do we define the middle market? For us, it's all about the size of the deal. We cover deals worth between $10 million and $1 billion. In the U.S., more than 2,300 deals closed in that range during 2014, according to Thomson Reuters. (For more, see our January cover story, "2014 Best Year for Middle-Market M&A Since 2007.")

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