December 2016 | Business View Caribbean

56 57 Ernst & Young, now known simply as EY, is a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London, UK. It is one of the largest accounting firms in the world and, along with Deloitte LLP, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and KPMG, is considered one of the “Big Four.” EY dates back to 1849 with the founding of Harding & Pullein in England. The current firm was formed by a merger of Ernst & Whinney and Arthur Young & Co. in 1989. EY has 231,000 employees working out of over ERNST & YOUNG BUILDING A BETTER WORKINGWORLD ERNST & YOUNG CARIBBEAN 700 offices in 150 countries. Its combined global revenues were $29.6 billion for the fiscal year ending June 2016. EY Caribbean is a pan-regional firm that serves clients across the coun- tries that make up the CARICOM trading block. It was created in 2000 by its first Chairman, Peter Boos, and other Ernst & Young partners in the Caribbean. “Prior to that most of the accounting firms had individual partnerships in each of the locations,” says Chris Sambrano, Transaction Advisory Ser- vices Managing Partner at EY Caribbean. “We were united at the top as a global organization, but we were owned locally and individually. And what Peter Boos’ vision - and the other partners at the time - was to create a Caribbean partnership with several offices serving all clients across the region. In 2000, that was a visionary thing to do.We were the first of the