Top 50 Global Accounting Networks in 2020

An Overview of the Top 50 Global Accounting Networks in 2020


What is an Accounting Network?

An accounting network is a group of accountancy-related service providers who share a common objective of providing seamless support for their clients around the world. Although each member is owned and operated independently, they are bound by agreements under the network to operate under a common brand and quality standard. A representative entity performs the role of coordinating the network’s activities.

History of How Accounting Networks Came to Be

Historically, accounting networks first arose from the United States Securities Exchange Commission’s needs for accounting industry coordination and quality consistency in audit standards. These networks expanded overseas as there were needs for financial audits wherever business is conducted.

Members benefited from the credibility brought about by the branding of the network, allowing them to raise their fees. This differentiation is important, especially when operating in an industry where all service providers are essentially providing the same services.

Members also benefited from the ability to undertake international projects more cost-effectively, leveraging on the network members present in the locality as well as accessing revenue opportunities from the network members.

With the common set of standards applied across members in different countries, their clients benefit from the seamless integration of records and smoother consolidated reporting process.

From the initial Big Eight (consisting of Arthur Andersen, Arthur Young & Co, Coopers & Lybrand, Ernst & Whinney, Deloitte, Haskins & Sells, KPMG, Touche Ross, and Price Waterhouse), a series of mergers took place further reducing the list to the current Big Four (consisting of Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, and KPMG).

Services Provided by Accounting Networks

As a natural progression of business growth and with the essential infrastructure in place, accounting networks quickly branched out into related services with ease. Typically, accounting networks provide services such as actuarial, advisory, assurance, audit, consulting, data & analytics, financial advisory, legal, management consulting, risk advisory, strategy consulting and tax advisory. Clients served come from wide ranging industries clusters such as aerospace, defence & security; banking & capital markets; energy & natural resources; technology, media & telecommunications; transportation & logistics.

Top 50 Global Accounting Networks in 2020

Benefits of Joining a Global Accounting Network

As part of a global accounting network, there are many member benefits including:

  1. Alignment in quality standards helps give clients the assurance that services are satisfactory and meet industry requirements.
  2. Member’s credibility is enhanced as a service provider, with clients being assured that the member has undergone the qualifying evaluation by the network.
  3. Member can leverage on the branding of the network to differentiate itself, especially in an industry where it may be difficult to stand out amongst the peers.
  4. Member’s capability and capacity is enhanced such that it can better undertake projects that are of bigger scale, and of multi-market and multi-disciplinary through support from fellow network members.
  5. Increased in-bound business opportunities coming from network members who may need localized assistance with client queries as well as assistance to take on more complex projects.


List of Global Accounting Networks and the Number of Countries Present in

Top 50 Global Accounting Networks in 2020
Based on information collated from various sources, the top 50 global accounting networks reflected that they operate across various countries ranging from 12 to 162. These comprise of organisations that have operated since 1845, to newer ones that commenced in 2016.

Rank Accounting Network No. of Countries Country of HQ Year Established
1 BDO Global 162 Belgium 1964
2 PricewaterhouseCoopers 158 United Kingdom 1849
3 KPMG International 154 Netherlands 1987
4 HLB International 153 United Kingdom 1969
5 Ernst & Young 150 United Kingdom 1849
6 Baker Tilly International 147 United Kingdom 1988
7 PKF International 145 United Kingdom 1969
8 Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu 143 United States 1845
9 Grant Thornton International 135 United Kingdom 1980
10 Crowe Global 127 United States 1915
11 Geneva Group International 126 Switzerland 1995
12 RSM International 126 United Kingdom 1964
13 Kreston International 125 United Kingdom 1971
14 IR Global 119 United Kingdom 2010
15 Moore Stephens International 115 United Kingdom 1907
16 Nexia International 115 United Kingdom 1993
17 IAPA 111 United Kingdom 1979
18 LEA Global 111 United States 1999
19 Praxity 111 United Kingdom 2007
20 TAG Alliances 111 Canada 1999
21 MGI Worldwide 105 United Kingdom 1947
22 Russell Bedford International 102 United Kingdom 1983
23 DFK International 95 United Kingdom 1962
24 UHY International 95 United Kingdom 1986
25 Mazars 91 France 1945
26 AGN International 84 United Kingdom n/a
27 3E Accounting 83 Singapore 2011
28 BKR International 81 United States 1989
29 Morison KSi 81 United Kingdom 1923
30 PrimeGlobal 80 United States 1977
31 The International Accounting Group 80 Canada 2003
32 ECOVIS Global 79 Germany 2008
33 IECnet 74 France 1987
34 Integra International 73 United Kingdom 1994
35 Allinial Global 71 United States 1969
36 Andersen 71 United States 1913
37 Antea Alliance of Independent Firms 70 Spain 2008
38 JPA International 70 France 1987
39 Alliott Group 66 United Kingdom 1979
40 Santa Fe Associates International 65 Spain 1997
41 INPACT Global 60 United Kingdom 1989
42 Parker Russell International 54 United Kingdom 2003
43 INAA Group 50 Belgium 1991
44 JHI Association 46 United States 2005
45 Abacus Worldwide 41 United States 2012
46 Reanda International 36 Hong Kong 1993
47 BOKS International 34 United Kingdom 2016
48 Kudos International Network 25 United Kingdom 2012
49 SMS Latinoamérica 19 Argentina 2002
50 International Accountants Consortium 12 Switzerland 1975

*Information as of 11 February 2020. Revenue and number of office figures have been excluded due to limited information available.

Notably, the Big4 are well positioned within the top of range, benefiting from the virtuous cycle of a wide global reach. 3E Accounting’s international network is the largest in Asia and the only one from Singapore.

Moving forward, an accounting network’s continued success will likely hinge on members engagement to build a closer relationship with network members. Through the stronger relationship, members will be more receptive to adopt better quality standards to meet the changing industry requirements and leads to a robust and reliable overall network brand. The accounting network should also actively monitor the behaviour of the members and be responsive to undertake rectification to ensure compliance to a baseline level of professionalism, responsibility and trust towards stakeholders. As a mark of excellence, an accounting network can value add to the members by creating opportunities for members to get to know each other better and facilitate business flow between members resulting in increased revenue and enterprise growth.



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