Number of Middle Market M&A Firms
Good fortune among middle market M&A advisors may now provide attractive buying opportunities for larger investment banks. Deal flow below $250m has risen 47% over the last seven years as PE buyers found their complement in a wave of baby-boomers eager to sell their businesses and retire. That deal flow facilitated identical growth in the number of advisory firms executing at least 5 deals each year. For those investment banks debating “buy vs. build” strategies in middle market M&A, the growing number of firms with a strong record of deal execution presents an attractive opportunity for inorganic growth.