PwC jumps on merger bandwagon

PricewaterhouseCoopers, the world’s largest audit firm, is to jump on the
international merger bandwagon, forming international ‘clusters’ for its
networks of firms.

Following a path laid down by Ernst & Young, the smallest of the Big Four
in the UK, PwC has announced today that it is to form three major geographic

The East Cluster will be led by Silas Yang, senior partner of PwC China, the
Central Cluster by Ian Powell, senior partner of PwC UK and the West Cluster by
Dennis Nally, senior partner of PwC US.

The set-up is very similar to E&Y’s organisation until recently. The firm
had set up regional connections between firms from emerging markets and more
traditional markets to boost growth.

E&Y recently decided to go a step further by ‘merging’ those networks,
but it is unclear how much power has been devolved upwards.

As part of the PwC moves, it also said it planned to more rigorously policy
quality of service across the world, revising its global standards.

PwC’s ‘West Cluster’ will include the US, Canada, Mexico, South and Central
America and the Caribbean; the ‘Central Cluster’ will include the UK, western
Europe, central and eastern Europe, the Middle East, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka,
Africa, the Channel Islands, Gibraltar, Iceland and Isle of Man; and the ‘East
Cluster’ will include Hong Kong, China, Singapore, the South East Asia
Peninsula, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, and the South Pacific

The changes will now be put to the vote among partners.

‘PwC has for many years led the profession in developing a highly
regionalised and integrated global network of firms, focused on delivering high
quality services to an increasingly complex marketplace,’ said Samuel A.
DiPiazza Jr, Global CEO, PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited.

‘These new proposals build on 10 years of highly successful client service
and revenue growth and reflect the connected global world in which our clients
operate. Agility and speed are crucial to the future success of our clients and
PwC itself. These adjustments to our organisational structure will improve the
integrated service we offer and align our strategy more closely around the

‘The revised structure, and the expanded set of network standards that
accompany it, are rooted firmly in the partnership culture that has made PwC the
leading professional services network in the world. While our member firms will
be more closely aligned and more responsive, they will continue to be locally
owned and managed, preserving the high level of accountability to our
stakeholders and regulators, while encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit that
has been the foundation of their success. These changes preserve our approach of
a global service delivered locally.’

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