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Credit crunch sees KPMG axe 90 staff

KPMG to axe 90 staff as the first concrete signs of the credit crunch start to show

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KPMG is to shed around 90 staff from its corporate finance and transaction
service teams in the first concrete sign of the damaging effects of the credit
crunch.

The move will send chills through the transactions departments of other
firms. The lack of deals means corporate financiers are not in strong demand.

KPMG has not formally announced the number of redundancies. A spokesman
confirmed there had been ‘a number’ of job losses in the two divisions. ‘This is
related to market conditions that we and other organisations are encountering.’
There were currently no plans for firm-wide redundancies, he said.

The firm had announced strong performance in both corporate finance and
transaction services in 2006/2007, growing 16% and 25% respectively. Last year’s
numbers would not have reflected the credit crunch greatly, however, with the
firm’s year end in September.

The last major wave of job cuts in the firms followed the collapse of
Andersen and a market downturn in 2002, during which KPMG shed around 1,000
staff.

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