M&A came back with a roar in 2021. Pent up demand combined with low interest rates and a recovering economy were among the drivers that fueled deal volume. Still, the impact of the pandemic continued to cause complications for some dealmakers who jumped through hoops to overcome them.

Mergers & Acquisitions 15th Annual Top Middle-Market Deals recognizes 13 dealmakers that excelled in dealmaking. This year’s winning deals include a wide variety of sectors and deal types:

Apax Partnersacquisition of CyberGrants and subsequent merger with EveryAction and Social Solutions underscored how the landscape for social good software is growing.

Independent music publishing company Concord’s acquisition of 145,000 music copyrights from Downtown Music Publishing involved a substantial pre-closing restructuring and a global carve-out across multiple continents.

Ethos Capital’s acquisition of Donuts Inc. and its portfolio of top-level domains takes place at a time when the value of digital identity is on the rise, but only a finite number of domain names are available.

Francisco Partners acquired Trading Screen and Imagine Software within a span of 14 days and soon after merged the two to create TS Imagine.

Global Paymentsacquisition of Zego, a real estate technology company, from Vista Equity Partners expanded its reach to a new vertical, residential property management.

GovernmentCIO’s acquisition of Salient CRGT resulted in a combined company, renamed GovCIO, that offers information technology products and digital services used by federal government agencies.

The acquisition of Mechanical Equipment Company (MECO), an industrial water treatment company, by Denmark-based Grundfos was not just a strategic fit but a cultural one too. Both are third generation family-owned businesses.

Employee risk management and background screening company Cisive’s plans to go to market in early 2020 were put on hold due to the pandemic. But in December 2021 it was ultimately acquired by GTCR from CIP Capital.

Monomoy Capital Partnersacquisition of Trinity Highway Products from its publicly-traded parent Trinity Industries involved navigating the complexities of a corporate carve out.

Stem‘s acquisition of AlsoEnergy, a solar asset management software provider, created a one-stop-shop technology solution for renewable energy projects and significant opportunities to cross-sell and leverage the customer bases of each.

The New York Times Company’s acquisition of The Athletic Media Company bolstered its strategy to increase paid subscribers while also expanding the breadth and depth of its sports content.

The acquisition of Drift, a technology company that provides B2B conversational commerce, by Vista Equity gave it a unicorn valuation, making it one of the few U.S.-based unicorns with Latinx founders.

Vista Outdoor’s acquisition of Foresight Sports expanded its presence in higher growth, less cyclical outdoor product markets. Foresight makes launch monitors, simulators and performance/entertainment software for on- and off-course golf activities and a variety of other sports and games.

Below, you’ll find full lists detailing the transactions that set the gold standard in the middle market for deals that closed between January 2021 through February 2022. In addition to the buyer, seller and target, the companies that participated in each deal – including investment banks, law firms and lenders – are also recognized. The 2022 Deals of the Year also names 15 honorable mentions, which are listed below too.

The 15th Annual M&A Mid-Market Awards will also be published in the May/June 2022 issue of Mergers & Acquisitions. And we hope to see you at our 2nd Annual Dealmakers Summit later this year. This in-person gathering of the middle market’s top dealmakers will take place November 3 in New York City.