December 15, 2009 08:01 ET

The Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors® Announces Winner of Inaugural Middle Market Thought Leader Award

Dr. Art Laffer to Be Recognized as 2009 AM&AA Middle Market Thought Leader of the Year at AM&AA Winter Conference in Las Vegas; Co-Authors of Laffer's "The Private Equity Edge: How Private Equity Players and the World's Top Companies Build Value and Wealth" to Present Value Building Workshop

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - December 15, 2009) - The Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors® (AM&AA), the leading association and credentialing body for middle market M&A professionals, announced today that Dr. Art Laffer has been named the winner of the inaugural AM&AA Middle Market Thought Leader of the Year Award. The AM&AA will annually honor individuals who have made a meaningful contribution to middle market M&A with this thought leader award.

Dr. Laffer will be honored at a luncheon on January 13, 2010, at the AM&AA's Winter Conference, to be held January 12-14, 2010, at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. For more information and registration details on the Winter Conference, please click here.

In addition, William J. Hass and Sheperd G. Pryor IV, co-authors of "The Private Equity Edge" and experts on helping companies build value, will present a workshop following the AM&AA Winter Conference in Las Vegas on Friday, January 15, from 8:00 am - 12:30 pm, titled: "The Value Edge: Learn How Private Equity Players and the World's Top Companies Build Value and Wealth." For more information and an opportunity to register for the workshop, please click here.

"The AM&AA is thrilled to honor Dr. Laffer with the first ever Middle Market Thought Leader Award," said Michael Nall, Founder of AM&AA. "Since its founding, the AM&AA's mission has been to provide its members with superior educational value, focused on promoting and advocating professional excellence in the transactional advisory business. Dr. Laffer's efforts to educate finance professionals over the past four decades is unparalleled, and his extraordinary economic research has enhanced the caliber of the industry as a whole. There is no one better suited for this inaugural award."

The AM&AA Middle Market Thought Leader Award is designed to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the middle market M&A advisory profession through the publication of works that promote research and higher standards of excellence. The AM&AA will award the Middle Market Thought Leader Award annually.

Dr. Laffer is the founder and CEO of Laffer Associates, an economic research firm that provides global investment research services to institutional asset managers, pensions funds, financial institutions and corporations. He was also a member of President Ronald Reagan's Economic Policy Advisory Board during both presidential terms. Dr. Laffer has been widely acknowledged for his economic achievements, being noted in Time magazine's March 29, 1999 cover story, "The Century's Greatest Minds," for inventing the "Laffer Curve," a curve illustrating "Tax Elasticity." Dr. Laffer is also known as "The Father of Supply-Side Economics," for his economic acumen and influence in triggering a world-wide tax-cutting movement in the 1980s. In 2009, Dr. Laffer co-authored "The Private Equity Edge: How Private Equity Players and the World's Top Companies Build Value and Wealth," with William J. Hass and Sheperd G. Pryor IV.

"The Thought Leader Award was launched to recognize those in our community that create and advocate ideas that add value to the industry, thereby adding value to AM&AA's education and credentialing programs, such as the Certified Merger & Acquisitions Advisor (CM&AA) credential," said Mike Adhikari, AM&AA President, and President and Owner of Illinois Corporate Investments, Inc. and Business ValueXpress. "Keeping in line with our commitment to provide AM&AA members and conference attendees with unparalleled, timely educational programming, we are thrilled to feature 'The Value Edge Workshop' as an addendum to the Winter Conference in Las Vegas. Who better than Dr. Laffer's accomplished co-authors to educate middle market M&A professionals on how to use concepts of intrinsic value, macroeconomics, and incentives to create value in our businesses while reducing risk in today's uncertain economic environment?"

"The Value Edge Workshop" is largely based on the books "The Private Equity Edge: How Private Equity Players and the World's Top Companies Build Value and Wealth" and "The Board Perspective Series: Building Value Through Strategy, Risk Assessment and Renewal." It will deliver innovative, practical ideas for creating value and wealth that can be used by businesses small and large. Weaving value, the people effect, risk and macroeconomics together with lessons from the world of private equity, workshop participants will learn techniques and tools top value builders use to create huge shareholder value and wealth for their partners and owners.

The workshop is preceded by the 12th AM&AA Winter Conference, the AM&AA's semi-annual meeting, featuring two full days of education from industry experts on issues related to the current financial climate. In addition, the conference will include a day-long Transaction Exchange, including a two-hour Deal Bash featuring exhibiting intermediaries and investment bankers. Hundreds of leading intermediaries, investment bankers, attorneys, private equity investors, CPAs, business advisory firms and corporate development professionals are expected to participate.

Participating private equity firms in the Conference Transaction Exchange include: Bertram Capital, Calvert Street Capital Partners, Copeley Capital, Cornerstone Capital Holdings, Deerpath Capital Management, Flexpoint Ford, LLC, Global Equity Capital, LLC, Hammond Kennedy Whitney & Co., Inc., High Road Capital Partners, Huron Capital Partners LLC, ICV Capital Partners, LLC, Key Principal Partners, Keystone Capital Inc., KLH Capital, L.P., La Jolla Cove Investors, Linsalata Capial Partners, Lion Equity Partners, Main Street Capital Corporation, Mangrove Equity Partners, MezzCap Partners, LLC, Mid Oaks Investments LLC, Parallel Investment Partners, Peninsula Capital Partners, LLC, Post Capital Partners, LLC, River Associates Investments, LLC, Serent Capital, Source Capital LLC, The Pritzker Group, Thompson Street Capital Partners, Valor Equity Partners, Westshore Capital Partners, and Winona Capital Management.

Participating intermediaries, investment bankers and advisors include: ACT Consultants, Inc., Alliance Equity, Inc., Anchin Capital Advisors LLC, Arne & Co., B/D Compliance Associates, Inc., Bedminster Financial Group, Ltd, BiggsKofford, P.C., Brandywine Mergers & Acquisitions, LLC, Broadmoor Capital Partners, Clark Ventures Group, Concord Financial Advisors, Dresner Investment Services, Financial Transaction House, Frederick Capital Corporation, GF Data Resources, LLC, Grant Thornton LLP, Hedman, M&A Advisors, Henberger Group, Inc., IBG Business Services, Inc., Jeffrey Parks, MBS Global Business Alliance, Meaden & Moore, Miller Advisory, Mosaic Capital LLC, PointeBreak, Private Capital Research, LLC / GF Data Resources, LLC, Stone, Carlie & Company, The Genesis Group, Velasco Industries, Victory Park Securities, LLC, Weinstein Spira/Hunter Wise Financial Group, and Winton Associates, Inc.

To view the AM&AA Winter Conference Brochure, please click here, or visit to register today.

About AM&AA

The AM&AA is the leading association and credentialing body for middle market M&A professionals. Our leadership and people have unrivalled multidisciplinary expertise in the financial services industry. AM&AA members represent sellers and buyers of businesses ranging from $5 to $500 million in transaction value. Their services are seller representation, buyer representation, due diligence, accounting financing, business valuation, tax planning legal, strategic, other advisory and transaction services. The AM&AA offers members a solid platform for professional collaboration.

NOTE TO MEDIA: To attend the AM&AA Value Edge Workshop and/or the AM&AA Winter Conference, please contact: Jen Dowd, BackBay Communications, 617-556-9982, x225,

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