PricewaterhouseCoopers PwC

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PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)is the world’s largest accounting firm and ranks as one of the giants in the global professional services arena. PwC employs over 146,000 people with 766 offices in 150 countries. The Firm is led by Samuel A. DiPiazza, CEO, and is headquartered in New York City on Madison Avenue. Its clients include 84 percent of the Fortune Global 500 companies. Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand merged in 1998, which made the combined firm the top player in public accounting. In the 2007 fiscal year, PwC had gross revenue of over $25 billion. Structured as a limited liability partnership (LLP), the private company would rank in the low 300s on the Fortune 500 companies.

History of PricewaterhouseCoopers

Although many think of the firm as American, its origins can be traced to the United Kingdom. Price Waterhouse’s beginning started in 1849 when Samuel Lowell Price opened his accounting practice in London. In 1865, Price joined forces with fellow Brits, Holyland and Waterhouse. They renamed the firm Price Waterhouse & Co. Similarly, Coopers& Lybrand started in the United Kingdom, when William Cooper opened his firm in 1854; it was later known as Cooper Brothers. In 1957, three firms, Cooper Brothers (U.K.), McDonald, Currie, & Co. (Canada), and Lybrand, Ross Brothers, & Montgomery (U.S.) merged to form Coopers & Lybrand. Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand were both extremely successful from the 1960s through the 1980s, adding to their menu of services and expanding internationally. In the early 1990s, a wave of consolidation in the professional services industry driven by potential synergies and economies of scale led to the merger of Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand. Thus, Pricewaterhouse...

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