Private equity firms are fast approaching the end of the hold period for the companies that were acquired between 2006 and 2008-the last big bulge in deal activity. As these portfolio companies become ripe for an exit, intermediaries are starting to push deal timing, changing the way PE firms conduct due diligence, says Mindy Berman, managing director at Investor Group Services, a middle-market strategy consulting firm. Citing the current M&A landscape as a sellers' market, Berman discusses what dealmakers can do to handle the pressures of an evolving, and crucial, due diligence process.

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