SOURCE: Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors

Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors

June 20, 2013 08:00 ET

The Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors Announces 2013 Thought Leader of the Year Search and Bureau van Dijk Partnership

The Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors to Partner With Leading Business Intelligence Provider Bureau van Dijk in Conducting Search for 2013 Middle Market Thought Leader of the Year Award Recipient

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Jun 20, 2013) - The Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors (The Alliance) announced today that the organization is partnering with global business intelligence and company information firm Bureau van Dijk (BvD) for its 2013 Middle Market Thought Leader of the Year. The Alliance is preparing for the opening of nominations for its 2013 Middle Market Thought Leader of the Year Award during its annual summer conference in Chicago July 9-11.

Bureau van Dijk was a natural partner for the Alliance, as its best-in-class market intelligence, including its M&A database Zephyr and its extensive coverage of private companies, service a critical need in an uncertain middle market M&A environment, where due diligence efforts and compliance costs are increasing.

"The Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors has proven to be the leading voice of hundreds of middle market professionals, so it is a wonderful opportunity for us to partner with them on this prestigious award," said Lisa Wright, managing director for BvD's M&A products worldwide.

Noticing a lack of recognition for leaders in the overlooked middle market sector, the Middle Market Thought Leader of the Year Award was instituted by the Alliance to honor individuals who have made significant, game-changing contributions to the middle market M&A profession through the publication of works that promote research and higher standards of excellence. The Award recognizes those in the M&A community that create and advocate ideas that add value to the industry, thereby adding value to the Alliance's education and credentialing programs such as the Certified Merger & Acquisitions' Advisor (CM&AA) credential.

"We are honored to be partnering with Bureau van Dijk, a provider of critical data and insights to the M&A community," stated Michael Nall, founder of the Alliance. "Their support and connections within the middle market M&A sector will be invaluable in our search for the most outstanding thought leaders in the middle market, a crucially important sector of the global economy."

Instituted in 2009, eight leading professionals have earned the prestigious Middle Market Thought Leader of the Year Award.

For more information on the Middle Market Thought Leader of the Year Award or to learn how to submit highly qualified nominations, please contact Diane Niederman, VP Business Development and Marketing, at dniederman@amaaonline.org.

About The Alliance
The Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors (The Alliance), founded in 1998, is the leading association of 900 middle market M&A professionals across 25 countries, comprised of capital partners, sellers and buyers, consultants, thought leaders, financial and legal experts and business executives. As the global and leading authority in the middle market, The Alliance has the distinct capability of connecting middle market companies with capital, resources, best practices and performance solutions needed to maximize business value worldwide. This ensures that middle market companies are able to demonstrate financial growth while also maintaining an "investment grade" status for credible financial institutions and investors. Visit The Alliance at http://www.amaaonline.org.

About Bureau van Dijk
Bureau van Dijk (BvD) is one of the world's leading providers of business intelligence and company information. BvD is best known for its range of company information products that combine multiple high-quality data sources with flexible software. Products include Orbis, Amadeus, Bankscope and Osiris and the global M&A database, Zephyr. BvD's areas of expertise include extensive coverage of private companies, M&A deals and comprehensive company hierarchies. www.bvdinfo.com