Singularly recognizes brilliant and exceptional young dealmakers from the private equity, M&A and restructuring communities for their achievements, dedication, and talents for closing value creating transactions. The “once in a life-time” honors, validates the dealmaker’s success and progressively taking on leadership role for many years to come. The program originates from the popular Top 50 Dealmakers editorial series.

2nd Annual Winners Circle: Features 6 dealmakers from the private equity, VC and lending group, 12 from the financial advisory and 8 lawyers for total of 25 winners, including 6 women.


Profession: Private Equity Investor
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Education: M.B.A., Harvard Business School

Stephen focuses on investments in wide spectrum of industries including business services, technology and telecom. He has been involved in M&A Atlas Award winning transactions including investment in Lytx and Mega Broadband and Rural Broadband Investments.


Profession: Private Equity Investor
Location: New Canaan, Connecticut
Education: M.B.A., University of Virginia, Darden School of Business

Sean focuses on developing new business partnerships, marketing, communicating with business owners, and managing investment sourcing and exit planning functions at Gridiron Capital.


Profession: Growth and Private Equity Investor
Location: Greenwich, Connecticut
Education: M.B.A., Harvard University, School of Business

Kevin is a member of the firm's Private Equity practice, leading strategic due diligence, category assessment, and growth strategy engagements for private equity investors and their portfolio companies in the consumer products, retail, and restaurant investment verticals.


Profession: Private Equity Investor
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Education: M.B.A., Harvard University, School of Business

Danielle is responsible for sourcing, evaluating, and analyzing investments made by the firm. As a Director at Sciens Building Solutions, Hansons, and Pueblo Mechanical & Controls, Danielle is involved with several add-on deals such as Sciens Building Solutions buys Mount Dora, Pueblo Mechanical & Controls buys Westover and Commercial Air.


Profession: Lender
Location: New York, New York
Education: M.B.A, Fairfield University, Dolan School of Business

Kevin has over seven years of experience in middle market leveraged, including credit analysis, syndication, structuring of senior and unitranche debt financing particularly those backed by top-tier private equity sponsors.


Profession: Venture Capital Investor
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Education: M.B.A., University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Andrew is an experienced investment professional with a background in both early and late-stage investing at BlueStone Venture Partners, as well as buyout related transactions. At Bluestone, he is responsible for leading diligence activities on potential investments in addition to managing other portfolio and internal fund activities.