After a sluggish 2013, middle-market M&A is picking up, with many positive signs in evidence throughout this April issue of the magazine.

"People are feeling better, which has helped open the markets a bit and made private equity fundraising much more robust," reports Terrence Mullen of Arsenal Capital Partners, one of several PE firms that have raised successful funds in recent months. Limited partners, are returning to the asset class enthusiastically. The result is the most vibrant climate for fundraising we've seen in years, as our cover story by contributing editor Danielle Fugazy demonstrates.

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