A brief history of PwC

PricewaterhouseCoopers was created on 1 July 1998 by the merger of two firms - Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand - each with historical roots going back some 160 years. Set out below are some key milestones in the history of both firms.

Samuel Lowell Price sets up in business in London

William Cooper establishes his own practice in London, which seven years later becomes Cooper Brothers

Price, Holyland and Waterhouse join forces in partnership 1874 Name changes to Price, Waterhouse & Co.

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

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

Price Waterhouse World Firm formed

Coopers & Lybrand merges with Deloitte Haskins & Sells in a number of countries around the world

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

1 January 2003
PricewaterhouseCoopers UK adopts Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) status

September 2010
The trading name of the firm was shortened to PwC, along with the adoption of a new visual identity

Our UK website has more information on who we are, including our latest Annual Report and details on our Leadership. For additional information on PwC, please contact Emma on the details below:

Emma ThorogoodEmma Thorogood
PwC | Head of Communications
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 020 7213 8593
Mobile: 07990 563 100

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