Our history

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PwC: a success story dating back more than 160 years

We help companies today so that they will continue to be successful in the future. To achieve this, PwC can draw upon experience gained from more than 160 years of company history.

Our history

1849     The auditor Samuel Lowell Price opens a law firm in London.   

1854     William Cooper establishes his own business in London, which seven years later becomes Cooper Brothers.

1865     Price, Holyland and Waterhouse join forces in partnership.

1874     The name changes to Price, Waterhouse & Co.

1898     Robert H. Montgomery, William M. Lybrand, Adam A. Ross Jr. and his brother T. Edward Ross form Lybrand, Ross Brothers
             and Montgomery.

1957     Cooper Brothers & Co (UK), McDonald, Currie and Co (Canada) and Lybrand, Ross Bros & Montgomery (US) merge to form
             Coopers & Lybrand.

1982     Price Waterhouse World Firm is launched.

1990     Schweizerische Revisionsgesellschaft (set up in 1912) merges with Price Waterhouse in Switzerland.

1991     Schweizerische Treuhandgesellschaft (set up in 1906) merges with Coopers & Lybrand in Switzerland.

1998     Worldwide merger of Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand to create PricewaterhouseCoopers.

2002     PricewaterhouseCoopers completes the sale of its management consulting department, PwC Consulting, to IBM.

2005     PricewaterhouseCoopers sells Actuarial Benefits & Insurance Solutions to Swisscanto.

2008     Tenth anniversary of the PricewaterhouseCoopers' merger.

2014     In April, PwC merges with the global consulting firm Booz & Company. 

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