PKF International (previously known as Pannell Kerr Forster) is a global network of accountancy firms. Member firms operate under the PKF brand in 440 cities and operate in 150 countries across 5 continents. PKF International is ranked the 15th largest global accounting network in 2016 according to a survey by International Accounting Bulletin.
Pannell Fitzpatrick & Co, founded in 1869 by William Henry Pannell (UK);
Harris, Kerr, Forster & Co, founded in 1911 as Harris, Kerr & Co by William Harris & Errol Kerr, and in 1923 as WJ Forster & Co by William Forster (USA);
Campbell, Sharp, Nash & Field (Canada); and
Wilson, Bishop, Bowes & Craig (Australia).
In 1980, member firms decided to use Pannell Kerr Forster as their common brand name to create an international accountancy brand. In 2000, member firms decided to shorten their name to PKF. Member firms are now adopting this name in their home markets, or adding PKF as a prefix to the existing firm name.
As of January 2011, over 21,000 staff were employed by PKF International member firms.
In 2013, PKF's associate firm in UK defected and joined BDO after a fall in revenue and staff reduction.
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