“Social media is going to play an increasing role in private equity,” predicts Watermill Group’s Ben Procter when asked to forecast the developments that will shape middle-market dealmaking over the next year in this quartet of video interviews with Mergers & Acquisitions editor-in-chief Mary Kathleen Flynn. “The industry has been very slow to pick up on social media, but it’s a trend that I think is really going to take root over the next year or so.” (Watch the video below.)

Another development Procter points to is 3-D printing and other manufacturing innovations, which, he says, will lead to “a lot more excitement in the manufacturing sector.”

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