In December 1910 the Zürcher Treuhand-Vereinigung was established. This organization evolved into a globally operating business that now employs more than 1,600 people from 41 nations.

The founders

The initials KPMG stand for the founding fathers of the organization.


KPMG Founders


Piet Klynveld founded Klynveld Kraayenhof & Co. in Amsterdam in 1917.

William Barclay Peat founded William Barclay Peat & Co. in London in 1870.

James Marwick founded Marwick, Mitchell & Co. with Roger Mitchell in New York City in 1897.

Dr. Reinhard Goerdeler played a significant role in the founding of Klynveld Main Goerdeler, Amsterdam, 1979.


Back in 1910, who would have imagined that Zürcher Treuhand-Vereinigung would one day evolve into a globally active company with approximately 1'600 employees from 45 different nations? Join us on a journey into the past and find out more about our 100 year history.
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International cooperation

In 2008, the Swiss, German and UK practices of KPMG merged to form KPMG Europe LLP (limited liability partnership).


The corporate group KPMG Europe LLP has grown consistently ever since, and today it is already regarded as the largest European audit and advisory organization. The aim is for other European member companies to join the group.   


Members of KPMG Europe LLP:

Armenia, Belgium, Germany, Georgia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom


Even more intensive support for international clients
For our clients, the merger means that we will intensify our international teamwork still further. In this network, we can provide our services more efficiently and improve the implementation of uniformly high standards of quality and objectivity. 

Clarity: 100 years of KPMG

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100 years of KPMG – from the Zürcher Treuhand-Vereinigung to KPMG Europe LLP.