Middle-market dealmaking in the first quarter performed on par with the same period in the previous year, suggesting that the course for M&A may be as well-groomed in 2015 as it was in 2014, the best year since 2007. (See related graphic.)

The first three months of 2015 yielded 542 completed middle-market transactions worth a total of $70.8 billion, according to preliminary data from Thomson Reuters. The numbers are likely to go higher, as companies continue to report their transactions to the data provider.

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