Welcome to this bumper September edition of Acquisition Intl. magazine covering the latest developments and features in the world of corporate finance.

Gracing the cover of this month’s issue is one of Africa’s largest financial services groups, Absa Bank Limited (Absa Bank). The group is a wholly owned subsidiary of Barclays Africa Group Limited, which is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. We discovered more about the Absa Bank when we spoke with the bank’s Head of Partnerships, Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances, Craig Bond who provided us with a compelling and detailed overview of the banking industry in the region.

In recent news, Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF) recently announced the $121.62 million financing for the redevelopment of The Star, a historic mixed-use residential, retail and storage property in downtown Houston. The HFF team worked on behalf of Provident Realty Advisors to secure the floating-rate bridge loan through TPG RE Finance Trust.

Speaking of recent announcements, a survey which revealed the real extent of the legal sector’s problems with data breaches has suggested many in the industry delay reporting data breaches, or even ignore them.

Elsewhere in this edition, we learn more about boutique marketing consultancy, Felicitas Global who help companies enter new markets, primarily based in the Asia region. Leading the company to great heights is Felicitas Global’s President, Radhika Ganapathy Ojha who recently found success in the AI Influential Businesswoman Awards. Radhika reveals the secrets of working as a woman in the oil and gas industry.

These and many other features are covered in this edition of Acquisition Intl.

I hope you thoroughly enjoy reading this insightful issue.