Our history 

KPMG was formed in 1987 with the merger of Peat Marwick International (PMI) and Klynveld Main Goerdeler (KMG) and their individual member firms. Spanning three centuries, the organisation's history can be traced through the names of its principal founding members whose initials form the name "KPMG."

K for Klynveld.
Piet Klynveld founded the accounting firm Klynveld Kraayenhof & Co. in Amsterdam in 1917.
P for Peat.
William Barclay Peat founded the accounting firm William Barclay Peat & Co. in London in 1870.
M for Marwick.
James Marwick founded the accounting firm Marwick, Mitchell & Co. with Roger Mitchell in New York City in 1897.

G for Goerdeler.
Dr. Reinhard Goerdeler is credited with laying much of the groundwork for the KMG merger. 





Robert Fletcher establishes accountancy firm which later becomes Peat Marwick Mitchell



William Barclay Peat joins firm



Thomson McLintock opens office in Glasgow

1995 KPMG’s Southern African operations began in 1895 with the establishment of the South African practice.



Marwick Mitchell & Co established in New York



Peat and Marwick Mitchell & Co join to create a transatlantic firm

1954 Peat Marwick begins providing services to Botswana principally to the Botswana Meat Commission



Thomson McLintock forms KMG, a grouping of independent national practices to create a strong European-based international firm

1985 Peat Marwick establishes a permanent office in Botswana



The two firms merge worldwide to create one firm



Name amended to highlight the international strength of the firm: KPMG Peat Marwick McLintock



McLintock name is dropped to create KPMG Peat Marwick  



Norman Wright, (future partner) becomes first Motswana to qualify studying exclusively in Botswana



Botswana firm shortens its name to KPMG  



KPMG moves to new custom-built offices


KPMG celebrates 25 years of the Botswana practice