The State of the Middle Market for 2022

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February 17, 2022 5 PM - 8 PM PST


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Mike Dokmanovich

Comerica Bank
Regional President
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Ken Firtel

Transom Capital Group

As Transom Capital Group’s Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Ken Firtel believes perseverance is a critical component of success. Ken’s passion for driving top tier results for Transom’s investors and his down-to-earth approach have shaped a culture where team members thrive on challenges and support each other through collaborative problem solving.

Prior to joining Transom Capital, Ken served as an investment professional at Platinum Equity. During his tenure at Platinum, Ken was responsible for evaluating, structuring, and negotiating transactions as well as transitioning and overseeing operations of portfolio companies.  Before joining Platinum, Ken was an Associate in the Transactions Department of O’Melveny & Myers.

Ken holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Yale University, a Master of Science, Industrial Relations-Diploma in business studies from the London School of Economics, and a Juris Doctor from the USC Gould School of Law. Ken played Division I soccer at Yale. 

Outside of the office, Ken serves on the board of Angel City Sports, an organization focused on providing athletic and other opportunities for children and adults with physical disabilities, and the Los Angeles Breakers Football Club, a youth soccer club.

When he’s not at work, Ken loves spending time with his three children (one boy and two girls).

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Dara Mir

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Theodore Shaw

Houlihan Lokey
Director - Technology, Media & Telecom (TMT) Group

Mr. Shaw is a Director in Houlihan Lokey’s Technology, Media & Telecom (TMT) Group, with a focus on out-of-home entertainment, out-of-home advertising, events and conferences, and other B2B media services. He has completed a number of M&A, restructuring, and capital-raising transactions across these industries and has over 10 years of investment banking and hedge fund experience in aggregate. He is based in the firm’s Los Angeles office.

Some of Mr. Shaw's recent transactions include the sale of VStar Entertainment to Cirque du Soleil, a portfolio company of TPG Capital; the sale of Pink Jeep Tours to Herschend Enterprises; the sale of Randall Reilly, a portfolio company of Investcorp, to Aurora Capital Partners; the sale of Bobit Business Media to Gemspring Capital; the sale of Sports Illustrated Golf Group, a subsidiary of Meredith Corporation, to Emigrant Capital; the sale of Sports Illustrated Play, a subsidiary of Time Inc., to Comcast Corporation; and the sale of PlayNetwork to Touchtunes Interactive Networks, a portfolio company of Searchlight Capital Partners. He also worked on restructuring transactions for Outcome Health, CORE Media Group (nka Industrial Media), and SFX Entertainment (nka LiveStyle).

Previously, Mr. Shaw worked on the Mergers & Acquisitions team at RBC Capital Markets and in the Restructuring group at The Seaport Group. He began his career at Millennium Partners within U.S. Equities. 

Mr. Shaw graduated cum laude with a B.A. from Gettysburg College and holds an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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COVID-19 Accommodations

  • Proof of COVID vaccination or negative COVID test within 72-hours of the event required. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination can be presented via the original card, a clear picture of the card, QR code, or app storage system. For those not vaccinated, we require proof of a negative COVID test within 72-hours of the event.


Facing an environment of rising inflation, uncertain tax policies, supply chain challenges, and workforce constraints, middle-market companies have endured one of the most challenging periods in history. Yet companies continue to seek growth and executives are charged with finding value creation opportunities, including a sharp focus on M&A. 

The abundance of private capital and aggressive public markets will continue to shape middle-market deal-making in 2022, placing corporate buyers, PE funds, and SPACs on a collision course.

Successful executives and dealmakers need to reinvent their strategies and consider a broader spectrum of internal and external factors as they plan for the coming year—not just to maintain a competitive advantage in the current environment but to be ready for what’s coming next.

Join ACG Los Angeles as we kick off 2022 with this “can’t miss” discussion and networking event!



5:00PM: Welcome Cocktail Reception

6:00PM: Panel Presentation

7:00PM: Networking Cocktail Reception



Valet parking included

Member: $95

Non-member: $135

Onsite: $145

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