Mergers & Acquisitions seeks to profile Rising Stars of Private Equity, and we’d like your help identifying candidates. The individuals we select will be featured on our website,, beginning in mid-July, and in the July/August issue of our magazine.

We’re looking for individuals who are full-time private equity investors and whose best days are expected to be in the future. These are the folks you predict will one day play a key leadership role at your PE firm – or heading up their own.

There is no specific criteria, but investing in middle-market companies and growing them should be the focus of day-to-day activities. Promising candidates may have been recently promoted, or have recently launched a new endeavor. Most will not be at the partner level yet. There is no age cut-off.

The nomination process is informal, and all decisions will be made by our editorial team, which is headed by Editor-in-Chief Mary Kathleen Flynn. Please email suggestions, questions and comments to [email protected]. In the email subject line, please include: “PE Rising Star Candidate” and the private equity professional’s name and firm. Tell us why you think the individual stands out, and why his/her path is heading up. The deadline is Fri June 8. There is no fee and no limit on the number of individuals you can recommend.

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Editor’s Note: This is not an opportunity for people whose primary job focus is business development. Also, this is not an opportunity for investment bankers, lenders or advisors. We’re featuring PE investors only.