Brown Gibbons Lang & Company today announced the release of a special publication “State of Middle Market Financing in the U.S.”

All the drivers needed to support a healthy M&A market are in place, including a stable economy, ample capital availability, and willing buyers. By all accounts, the lull experienced across the middle market in Q1 ‘11 is expected to give way to robust activity in the second half of the year.

In our April survey of capital providers, lenders spoke of a discernible flight to quality taking place in the slow M&A market, which is creating a highly competitive market for financing opportunities. The general sentiment is that the lull is only temporary, as market rumblings of a building M&A and dividend pipeline have lenders playing the waiting game—hungry to put money to work in high-quality transactions.