Those looking for an early 2014 indicator on deal flow came away feeling bullish if they attended ACG Orange County’s Dealmakers Marketplace. The marquee event, which attracted some 600 of the nation’s top mergers and acquisitions professionals in the middle market, took place in mid-January at the posh St. Regis Resort in Dana Point, Calif.
Now in its 12th year, the upscale affair featured world-class wines, golf, a women’s reception, a special pre-event reception (for those seeking first-mover advantage) and, of course, the main event. Dealmakers Marketplace—or Private Equity Night, as it’s often called—consistently ranks as ACG OC’s most well-attended event. Among those participating were top private-equity professionals, investment bankers, attorneys, lenders, business owners, chief financial officers, chief executive officers and commercial bankers. More than 40 equity and capital firms from across the country also exhibited.
“The people and firms who have the greatest success here are those focused on building relationships,” said Gerik Degner, event chair and partner at Alpine Pacific Capital LLC. “Our role is to be a catalyst for those connections—and we’re continually thinking of new ways to spark them.”