Page 1: Introduction
PricewaterhouseCoopers was created in 1998 by the merger of two firms - Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand - each with historical roots going back some 150 years and originating in London.
PricewaterhouseCoopers, the world’s largest professional services organisation, helps its clients build value, manage risk and improve their performance. Drawing on the talents of more than 140,000 people in 152 countries, it provides a full range of business advisory services to leading global, national and local companies and to public institutions. These services include audit, accounting and tax advice; management, information technology and human resource consulting; financial advisory services including mergers & acquisitions, business recovery, project finance and litigation support; business process outsourcing services; and legal services through a global network of affiliated law firms.
The new, combined organisation is the result of the continuing growth in the international economy. Companies are constantly seeking to re-define themselves to thrive in the market-place where mergers & acquisitions are increasingly important and many companies now operate without geographical boundaries. Their commitment to refining all available technology allows them to operate a global information and support network to both their advisers and their clients, anywhere in the world.
They offer businesses around the world both a wider range of services and a more integrated service than has ever been possible. This service also provides solutions to business problems, the scale and complexity of which are greater than ever before. At PricewaterhouseCoopers, there are six service lines or departments which cover different areas of specialisation. These are:
- Assurance & Business Advisory Services
- Management Consulting Services
- Tax & Legal Services
- Financial Advisory Services
- Global Human Resource Solutions
- Business Process Outsourcing.
PricewaterhouseCoopers may work on one of these areas and find that the client requires help and solutions to issues in other areas. They are able to provide an integrated team of experts to give this advice and offer a range of possible solutions.
In this case study, the role of Financial Advisory Services is explored with a focus on private finance initiatives. The Financial Advisory Services team offers financial, economic and strategic advice to household names around the world. The five departments or service areas within Financial Advisory Services are:
- Business Recovery Services
- Dispute Analysis & Investigations
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Project Finance & Privatisation
- Valuations & Shareholder Value.