Who we are

Who we are

Get all the facts and figures at a glance – from our history to our headcount to our current global network.

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KPMG Switzerland

With more than 2,000 employees, KPMG is one of the leading providers of professional services in Switzerland. We have a strong global network and a well-established regional presence in both Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

Known for actionable insights and clear solutions in Audit, Tax & Legal and Advisory, we serve mid-sized companies with a local focus as well as global companies from a variety of industries. The quality and integrity of the services we provide consistently demonstrates our commitment to excellence.

Our professionals are focused on creating long-term relationships founded on trust. We deliver tangible results by gaining a profound understanding of our clients’ needs and teaming this knowledge with our deep expertise and innovative thinking.

Facts and Figures

KPMG Switzerland generated solid annual results, despite the challenging environment; all areas proved to be extremely robust. However, the fact that our clients were forced to completely rearrange their projects in response to the crisis did not go unnoticed. In the past fiscal year ended 30 September 2020, net sales generated by KPMG Switzerland fell slightly short of the previous year at CHF 443.0 million (-2.7%). Of that, CHF 218.0 million (-3.1%) was generated by Audit services, CHF 120.8 million  (-2.7%) by Tax & Legal services and CHF 104.2 million (-1.9%) by Advisory services.

  • 10 offices in Switzerland and one in Liechtenstein
  • 2,035 employees in Switzerland
  • 361 part-time employees
  • 817 women / 1,218 men
  • 52 nationalities

Learn more in our most recent annual report.

Company history

KPMG in Switzerland

KPMG Switzerland arose from the Zürcher Treuhand-Vereinigung as a result of a series of mergers. The organization was founded in 1910. Two years later, Zürcher Treuhand-Vereinigung’s name was changed to Fides Treuhand-Vereinigung. Schweizerische Kreditanstalt (SKA) then acquired a majority stake in 1928. A number of takeovers and mergers followed, which led to further changes to the name.

The company operated as KPMG Fides Peat from 1987 onwards. Credit Suisse’s ownership ended after a management buyout in 1992 and the company became KPMG AG in 2007. 2010 marked KPMG Switzerland’s 100th anniversary.

 

The founding fathers

When the industrial revolution of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries helped transform accounting into a profession, KPMG’s founding fathers were center stage, pioneering the industry.

William Barclay Peat (the P in KPMG) set up the firm of William Barclay Peat & Co. in London in 1891. In 1897, the US firm Marwick, Mitchell & Company got its start in New York City. The company was formed by James Marwick (the M in KPMG) and Roger Mitchell. Meanwhile, in 1917, Piet Klynveld (the K in KPMG) established Klynveld Kraayenhof & Company in Amsterdam. The last of our founding fathers, Reinhard Goerdeler (the G in KPMG) comes into the story almost half a century later in 1979 as co-founder of Klynveld
Main Goerdeler.

Our network

KPMG is a global network of independent member firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. We operate in 146 countries and territories, collectively employing close to 227,000 people, to serve the needs of business, governments, public-sector agencies, nonprofits and – through member firms’ audit and assurance practices – the capital markets. We lead with a commitment to quality and consistency across our global network. In a world where rapid change and unprecedented disruption are the new normal, we inspire confidence and empower change in all we do.

Learn more about our network in the 2020 KPMG Global Review.