First Data has announced that it will acquire Software Express, a Brazilian-based provider of EFT solutions. Founded in 1986, Software Express provides technology solutions to merchants of different sizes, including multi-acquirer EFT, multi-acquirer EFT POS, reconciliation, a payments gateway, and automated recurring payments, among other products.

First Data says that the acquisition will enhance the position of the two companies on several fronts, starting with becoming the combined leader in electronic payments transactions and supporting all sizes of retail clients, cards schemes, financial institutions and telecoms. Software Express will continue to independently support its clients under its brand.