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Our History

Our History

We’re proud of our history, from the world’s first female Chartered Accountant to our role helping after the events of 9/11.

From the world’s first female Chartered Accountant to helping after the events of 9/11.

Our History

Beginnings are important – they set in motion everything that is to come. We’re proud of our history, which spans across three centuries, and the businesses we’ve helped over the years. 

With offices across the globe, and roots dating back to 1867, the KPMG of today formed in 1987 through a merger of Peat Marwick International (PMI) and Klynveld Main Goerdeler (KMG) and their individual member firms.

We now have more than 189,000 colleagues around the world and continue to work with even more businesses and organisations, helping our clients to grow as we grow too.

Read more about our founding fathers (PDF 337 KB). 

Who were K,P,M & G

KPMG in the Channel Islands

The Guernsey firm is the oldest firm in the Island and originates back to the 1890s. Black, Geoghegan & Till’s presence in Guernsey dates back to the 19th Century; however, it was not until the mid-1920’s that the late Harry Broughton was appointed as the first permanent, resident, local representative. Harry Broughton was the only practising accountant in the Island during Guernsey’s occupation by the German forces in the Second World War. 

Following the Liberation of Guernsey in 1945, the firm was in a prime position and still continues to be so, by being amongst the leading firms in the Island. 

In 1972, Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co. became associated with Black, Geoghegan & Till. The Jersey office was opened in 1973 and, in 1981, the Channel Islands firm became a full member of Peat Marwick International. In 1987, following the international merger of KPMG, the firm continued as KPMG, the Channel Islands member firm.