According to a recent KPMG survey of more than 1,000 merger and acquisition professionals, M&A deal activity is expected to be strong in 2014, with nearly two thirds of respondents saying they expect to initiate at least one acquisition in 2014.

The Denver Business Journal reports that among 145 C-level executives surveyed by KPMG, nearly three quarters expect their company to make an acquisition in 2014, up from half in 2013.  The survey respondents also indicated that middle-market deals would drive activity next year. Nearly 80 percent expect their respective deal activity to be valued under $250 million.

The United States is expected to experience the highest level of M&A activity next year, led primarily by technology, media and telecommunications industries, with healthcare and pharmaceuticals close behind.

The full Denver Business Journal report may be found here.