Private company audit and assurance services

Simplifying the audit through innovation

We’re creating an enhanced way of auditing that delivers high quality and improves the audit experience for our clients.

Learn more about how we are changing the audit process to offer smoother workflows, stronger collaboration, consistent execution, greater visibility, deeper insights and strategic advice.


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Shawn Panson, Private Company Services Leader

Case studies

Company seeks audit support and gains a valued consultant

The client is a multi-billion global engineering, construction, technical and management services firm. They deliver design, construction and other professional services to federal, regional and local government agencies, as well as to private industrial customers worldwide. The company was used to handling most of its work in-house, but came to PwC initially for its audit needs.

What we did

Through conversations with management, our team grew to understand the organization and its issues from an audit, tax and advisory perspective. We proactively brought forth issues the company needed to understand and address, such as the new revenue recognition standards and FASB 167. We also provided advice that helped the company develop efficient, cost-effective processes. Our team took a similar proactive approach with regards to problem areas in the company’s joint-venture relationships.


Our proactive, insights-driven methodology has helped the firm understand risks and opportunities. It now considers and engages with PwC as its valued business advisor.

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Getting ready for a public debut

A private manufacturing company with a global presence and multiple manufacturing, technical and sales facilities worldwide had aspirations of going public. It had previously been audited by a non-Big Four firm but knew it needed to enlist with a Big Four auditing firm in anticipation of an IPO. The private company, having established a solid relationship with PwC through past relationship building, engaged our team.

What we did

First, we performed consolidated US GAAP audit and statutory audits. Next, we offered insight into IPO considerations, control structure recommendations and operational considerations. Finally, we provided access to experienced industry and technical accounting professionals.


The private company is better prepared to meet its goals for going public and has initiated steps to improve its existing processes.

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Finance transformation solutions

Before embarking on an enterprise resources planning (ERP) project, a large, private university sought to understand the risks involved and the overall fit of the ERP solution to the institution’s business needs. PwC was engaged to conduct an organizational readiness assessment for a cloud-based implementation.

What we did

PwC’s team performed a risk analysis, which identified potential points in the implementation process that might affect the return on investment. We also evaluated the fit between the university’s needs and cloud-based solutions for finance, supply-chain and human capital management. Next, our team reviewed the organization’s current state, including structural and people-based, and suggested recommendations to mitigate risk. We also provided foundational actions needed ahead of any solution.


The system implementation drove the university’s process efficiencies, eliminated its manual and fragmented processes and provided critical data and insights to support its business decisions.

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Does my company need an audit?

There are times when an audit is either required or is undertaken to provide a full picture of the company’s financial position and operational results. These situations may include:

  • seeking access to financing or potential investors
  • assurance related to financial performance in anticipation of a possible liquidity event
  • non-active owners (e.g., a family member not involved in the day-to-day operations) requesting an audit to help them evaluate the business decisions being made

The bottom line: A quality audit can facilitate your company’s access to capital.

Good business sense

Having audited financial statements readily available makes good business sense. With them, you will

  • be prepared for the changing needs of your company,
  • better understand your organization’s weaknesses and strengths,
  • be more confident in your business decisions,
  • have more insight into your operational effectiveness, controls and risk.

Why work with PwC?

We understand that the audit requirements are different for private companies. Using a streamlined approach to audits, our sophisticated tools drive efficiencies and create a collaborative working relationship.

Our services include:

  • Accounting advisory services
  • GAAP change services: revenue recognition, lease accounting
  • Capital markets services
  • Risk assurance including third party assurance
  • Tax accounting services
  • Valuation services
  • Internal audit assistance and outsourcing
  • IFRS readiness and conversions
  • Financial statement assurance

Contact us

Shawn Panson
Private Company Services Leader
Tel: +1 (973) 236 5677

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