Last in the series I had been working, which you can download it here.

The contraction of the U.S. economy has resulted in upheaval in the middle market transaction environment. Both private equity and strategic buyers are facing challenges in getting deals done. That said, we believe the popular press has gone too far in their characterizations in an effort to remain relevant.

While we see 2009 as a challenging year at best, opportunities remain available to attract capital and achieve liquidity for shareholders. The capital markets are not closed and M&A is not dead. That’s not to say that everyone will enjoy the same alternatives.

In the final piece of our three part series, we provide insight into the deals that will get done in 2009 and how companies can best situate themselves to take advantage of those opportunities. In short, this is an availability of capital market, not a cost of capital market.

/bryan jaffe