A timeline of our history

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1849 Harding & Pullein founded in England. Joined by Frederick Whinney
1859 Whinney made a partner
1864 Thomas Clarkson starts a trustee and receivership firm in Toronto
1894 Arthur Young starts his first firm, Stuart and Young, in Chicago
Harding & Pullein renamed Whinney, Smith & Whinney
1903 Alwin and Theodore Ernst form Ernst & Ernst in Cleveland, US
1906 Arthur and brother Stanley form Arthur Young & Company in Chicago
1924 Arthur Young allies with Broad Paterson & Co, England
Ernst & Ernst allies with Whinney, Smith & Whinney
1939 Clarkson allies with Woods Gordon & Co to expand into management consulting
1944 Clarkson Gordon & Company allies with Arthur Young & Co
1979 Ernst & Whinney forms and becomes the fourth largest accountancy firm in the world
Arthur Young’s European offices join several large local European firms
1989 Arthur Young merges with Ernst & Whinney to create EY
2000 Ernst & Young unveils a new, integrated global organization

A timeline of our Greater China history

1968 Arthur Young, a predecessor to EY, opens an office in Hong Kong
1981 We establish a China representative office in Beijing and are one of the first professional services networks to set up operations in mainland China
1986 Taiwan practice becomes a member of the EY network
1992 We establish a cooperative joint venture organisation in Beijing called EY Hua Ming
2001 EY China practice merges with Da Hua CPA in Shanghai
2007 We mark the opening of our 10th office in China, in Chengdu
We announce far-reaching globalisation moves. Our practices across 15 countries and territories integrate into a single Far East Area, part of which includes Greater China
2008 We continue to expand rapidly in China to meet client needs, bringing the total number of locations to 14 in China, after opening in Hangzhou, Qingdao, Tianjin and Xiamen
We have a network of 20 offices in Greater China with 10,000 people
2010 The Asia-Pacific Area has brought together five effective Sub-Areas — and has been operational since 1 July 2010 — creating a consistent and streamlined execution model