Who is… Pricewaterhouse Coopers?
In 1998 Australian accounting firms Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand merged, uniting two long established and successful businesses. The evolution of Cooper & Lybrand can be traced back to 1866, when Andrew Lyell opened an accountancy practice in Melbourne with partner John Gowan. The history of Price Waterhouse can be traced back to 1874 when Joseph Flack, a former Price, Holyland & Waterhouse employee, arrived in Australia and started taking on occasional work for his old firm.
Today, worldwide Pricewaterhouse Coppers employs approximately 146,000 people in 150 countries. They have 22 industry-specialised practices. In Australia, Pricewaterhouse Coopers employs more than 5,000 people in nine cities.
Pricewaterhouse Coopers services
The company provides tax and financial advisory services as well as assurance. Areas of expertise include:
- Corporate Accountability
- Risk Management
- Structuring and Mergers and Acquisitions
- Performance and Process Improvement
For the last five years Pricewaterhouse Coopers has been named leading tax adviser by International Tax Review. In Australia, the company provides services to 90 of the Australian Stock Exchange top 100 listed companies and 704 companies of the IBIS top 1,000. This includes many federal and state government agencies. The company also offers a Graduate Intake program aimed to foster the best students and secure the best staff for the future.
Pricewaterhouse Coopers has offices in Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth and Townsville. The details for the Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra offices are provided below. In Sydney there is also a Pricewaterhouse Coopers Legal team.