BALTIMORE—What is DEALSwarm? Think of it as private equity meets speed dating.

Presented by Womble Carlyle and M&T Bank’s Equity Sponsor Group, the first DEALSwarm event took place Thursday, Dec. 8th in Baltimore. Here’s how it works—representatives of nine private equity funds and nine investment banks come together, then hold short (30-minute), one-on-one pitch sessions. Each bank and each fund gets nine meetings throughout the course of the day.

Participating PE funds included: Dominus Capital (NYC), High Street Capital(Chicago), H.I.G. Capital/WhiteHorse (locations throughout U.S. & Europe), ICV Partners (Atlanta/NYC), Industrial Growth Partners (San Francisco), Milestone Partners (Philadelphia), Palladium Equity Partners (NYC), PNC Riverarch Capital (Pittsburgh) and Susquehanna Growth Equity(Pennsylvania/Israel).

Investment banks taking part in DEALSwarm were: BB&T Capital MarketsBengur BryanChesapeake Corporate AdvisorsM&T Investment BankThe McLean GroupSC&H CapitalSignal HillStifel and Three Twenty-One Capital.

Attorneys Doug Howard and Mike Hardy hosted the event on behalf of Womble Carlyle. Keith Mendelson and Howard Solodky gave a lunch presentation on “M&A and Tax Issues for Private Equity.”