KCW emerged out of the "Competition Competence Centre" administrative department, founded in 1998 as part of the Hamburg local public transport authority (HVV). HVV's objective was to work in partnership with other transportation associations to make organisational, legal, and economic preparations for the introduction of competition into the public transport sector. The administrative department was led by Dr. Jan Werner and Christoph Schaaffkamp. With the department's consultancy areas and team both continually expanding, Werner and Schaaffkamp founded KCW GmbH in 2003. The new company, now operating from headquarters in Berlin, took on the provision of consultancy to local authorities with regard to public transport. The office in Hamburg continued unchanged.

KCW now has four managing directors: Dr. Henning Tegner and Melanie Patout have joined the two founders. The management team also includes Birgit Christmann, Ingo Kühl, Manuela Meitinger and Miguel Wolf.

We have become the largest public transport consultancy firm in Germany. Over 50 specialists from the fields of law, economics, and planning, as well as social and natural sciences, work for KCW, and this consultancy team is supported by a fully dedicated office management operation.

KCW is also active internationally: our presence in France has been growing for several years. In 2015, KCW and Beauvais Consultants jointly formed the Trans-Missions consultancy office in order to pool our activities in France.