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As reported in Dykema's 2016 M&A Outlook Survey: For the first time since the 2008 survey, respondents said that US financial buyers topped strategic buyers for having the most influence on US deal valuation over the past year. Financial buyers might have been more influential in the past 12 months because of increased interest in deals worth $5 million or less from private equity firms, according to Aaron Witalec of UHY Corporate Finance. "They're coming down-market and influencing the valuations versus strategics. As a result, strategics are slowing down their bidding and focusing more on inward operations." Click here to view the full report.