KPMG Switzerland and KPMG UK confirm merger

24 May 2024

KPMG Switzerland and KPMG UK confirm merger

  • Partners at KPMG Switzerland and KPMG UK have voted overwhelmingly in favor of merging their partnerships and will become a new USD 4.4bn business, working across audit, tax and legal, and advisory.
  • This will make the firm the second largest in the KPMG network by some distance.
  • Both firms enter the merger from positions of strength as growing, profitable businesses in their respective home markets and have a long and strong history of working together for multinational clients.

In a fast-paced, globally focused business environment driven by new technology and increasing regulatory complexity, clients’ needs have also evolved. To meet these, both firms will bring their complementary strengths and technology solutions together to enhance the range of services offered across audit, tax and legal, and advisory. With a wider geographic coverage, the new firm will be able to expand its service and sector expertise complementing the already deep local market understanding for its national and international clients.

Jon Holt, chief executive and senior partner of KPMG UK said: “This marks a historic moment for both firms. We will be stronger as one combined firm and together we will have the scale to significantly enhance our ability to deliver great outcomes for our clients both internationally and within our domestic markets. Merging brings huge benefits for our clients, our people, and our partnership and means we can now grow faster, be more profitable and invest together to create new services in a sustainable way.”

Stefan Pfister, CEO of KPMG Switzerland, said: “Both partnerships have made an important decision today, which will evolve and future proof our firms for the global business challenges ahead. Together we will be more agile and can bring the best of KPMG’s multidisciplinary model and sector expertise to clients nationally and internationally while at the same time maintaining our local market understanding and execution power.”

Structure and governance of the new partnership

The merger will see KPMG establish a new limited liability partnership (LLP) bringing together the two firm’s equity partners. The new LLP will own the existing UK and Swiss firms. Jon Holt, KPMG UK’s chief executive and senior partner will lead the new partnership as Group CEO with Stefan Pfister, CEO of KPMG Switzerland, as Group Deputy CEO of the combined firm.

A new Group Executive committee will be formed by existing UK and Swiss senior leadership. It will have decision-making responsibilities for the larger partnership and will be responsible for driving sustainable long-term growth in both markets. There will be a Group Board of the Holding LLP – which will be the ultimate governing body for the new partnership. It will have an Audit and Risk Committee, Remuneration Committee and a Nomination Committee. 

KPMG Switzerland and KPMG UK to remain separate firms

KPMG Switzerland and KPMG UK will remain separate firms governed by the respective national laws and supervision. The separate Management Committees for each firm will continue to operate, being responsible for the day-to-day operation of the business and implementing the group strategy.

The UK will retain a UK Board, led by Bina Mehta, in addition to its independent Audit Board and Audit Executive – as required by UK regulation to deliver operational separation of the audit practice. The Swiss Board of Directors will continue to meet the requirements of the Swiss Auditor Oversight Act.

Go-live of the new LLP structure

The new partnership will mark its first day on 1 October this year. Appointments to the Group Executive bodies will be confirmed in due course. Operations in both firms are continuing as normal.

Rebeca Garcia
Rebeca Garcia

Head of Corporate Communications

KPMG Switzerland

Dominik Weber
Dominik Weber

Head of External Communications

KPMG Switzerland

About KPMG

KPMG is a global organization of independent professional services firms providing Audit, Legal, Tax and Advisory services. It operates in 143 countries and territories with more than 273,000 partners and employees working in member firms around the world. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such. KPMG International Limited is a private English company limited by guarantee. KPMG International Limited and its related entities do not provide services to clients.


KPMG LLP, a UK limited liability partnership, operates from 20 offices across the UK with approximately 18,000 partners and staff. The UK firm recorded a revenue of £2.96 billion in the year ended 30 September 2023.

About KPMG Switzerland

With over 2,600 employees at 10 locations in Switzerland and one location in Liechtenstein, KPMG Switzerland is a leading service provider in the areas of Audit, Tax & Legal and Advisory. Our clients benefit from our tailored solutions and our strategic alliances with technology partners that support our audit and non-audit services alike. In the 2023 financial year, KPMG Switzerland generated net sales of CHF 527.1 million.