Since late 2013, dealmakers have been telling us they feel good about middle-market M&A in 2014. Midway through the year, the optimism remains in responses to the surveys Mergers & Acquisitions conducts each month. To gain some insight into why we should believe 2014 will be any different from 2013 - which after all was a down year - I turned to Stewart Kohl, co-CEO of the Riverside Co. (Scroll down for the video interview, or click here.)

Kohl is a veteran dealmaker. He and co-CEO Béla Szigethy won our Dealmakers of the Year Award for 2013. Over the 26 years Riverside has been in business, Kohl has seen plenty of economic cycles come and go.

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