Welcome to the October edition of AI magazine, which features the most recent developments in the world of corporate finance, including M&A, investment, accounting and tax.

We also explore the all-important support services and technology offered by a number of firms who are setting the benchmark for others to follow. For example, the visionary Tech Billionaire, Dr. Andy Khawaja of Allied Wallet, reveals the work of this remarkable e-commerce company and the extraordinary impact it is having on the world today.

In recent e-commerce news, Facebook’s Marketplace launch could create a whole new culture of online selling, says the delivery expert ParcelHero. The launch of Facebook’s Marketplace has the potential to transform e-commerce, and should have the likes of Gumtree and even eBay alarmed, says ParcelHero.

Southeast Asia is poised to become one of the world’s fastest-growing regions for e-commerce revenues, exceeding $25 billion by 2020. In 2015, the market earned $11 billion despite several acquisitions, market exits, and many online retailers struggling to achieve profitability. While significant challenges persist, Frost & Sullivan remains optimistic about the growth potential of e-commerce in Southeast Asia.

On mergers and acquisitions, Ian Wood at Lippincott reveals that are rife within the healthcare sector. The total transaction value in the first half of 2016 rose by 72% over the previous six months, from £7.8 billion to £13.47 billion, according to the Berkery Noyes’ industry trend report.

I hope you enjoy the insightful array of features in this issue of AI magazine.

Jonathan Miles, Editor