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The Lead Left is our industry-leading capital markets newsletter and the premier source for information on trends in the middle market finance space.

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The Lead Left is distributed weekly to over 48,000 readers in financial services.

Its research, data, and industry interviews are read by hundreds of senior decision makers among the top providers of debt financing to middle market companies as well as investors in middle market senior loans and private equity sponsors. Since 2008, The Lead Left has been a well-respected resource for top U.S. private equity firms.



Original commentary backed by thirty years of capital markets experience


Weekly interviews with top decision makers in banking, private equity, and credit investing

Data & Analysis

Data and commentary from the leading global capital market research firms

Popular Charts & Deals

Detailed information on deals in the market plus our popular charts and quotes of the week


One-stop source for information, research, and white papers on middle market finance

The Lead Left is the leading source of original research on the middle market asset class.

The Lead Left is an industry thought leader frequently sought out by major media outlets, including BloombergThe New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalDow JonesFortune.comIDD, and The Deal. Our exclusive content providing partners include Refinitiv LPC, S&P/LCD, IHS Markit, PitchBook, Preqin, SPP Capital Partners, Debtwire, LevFin Insights, Private Debt Investor, and Covenant Review.

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