Over 150 years of history

1st stage

From its creation until 1958

The Sociedad Catalana de Seguros logo
1864

Sociedad Catalana de Seguros Contra Incendios a Prima Fija (the Catalana Fixed Premium Fire Insurance Company), popularly known as La Catalana is established.

1878

La Catalana listed in the stock exchange.

1890 Paseo de Gracia Building Image
1922

Purchase of the iconic building in Paseo de Gracia nº 2 in Barcelona, built in 1890.

1929

The Group invests in Crédito y Caución.

1948

Jesús Serra and a group of industrialists acquire the company Occidente.

2nd stage

The merging of La Catalana and Occidente into one group

Gold Medal of Merit in Insurance in 1964
1959

Occidente takes control of La Catalana, and Grupo Catalana Occidente emerges.

1963

First company in Spain to integrate IT into insurance management.

1964

La Catalana is awarded the Gold Medal of Merit in Insurance by the Ministry of Finance.

Directors at the opening of the headquarters in Sant Cugat del Valles
1971

The headquarters in Sant Cugat del Vallés are opened, whose plant inspires the Group's logo.

1984

The Spanish government awards the Gold Medal of Merit in Insurance to Jesús Serra and in 1992 the Government of Catalonia awards him the Creu de Sant Jordi.

Left wing of the Catalana Occidente head offices
1987

Consolidation as a group takes place.

1991

José M.ª Serra, Managing Director since 1982, is appointed CEO of the Group.

1997

Grupo Catalana Occidente is listed on the continuous market.

1999

The company MNA is acquired, culminating in its integration process in 2001, which will be renamed Seguros Catalana Occidente.

3rd stage

Growth and internationalisation

Internal staircase in the Sant Cugat del Vallés building
2001

The Group successfully completes the takeover bid of Lepanto, S.A., and its subsidiary NorteHispana Seguros.

2004

Acquisition of 99.69% of Seguros Bilbao. Acquisitions start of Atradius shares.

Jesús Serra founder of Grupo Catalana Occidente
2004

Cosalud is acquired, a company which Seguros Catalana Occidente already owned 55% since 1991. The ownership interest in Crédito y Caución rose to 39.35%.

2005

Jesús Serra Santamans, founder and inspirer of Grupo Catalana Occidente, dies.

Plus Ultra Seguros Building Plaza de las Cortes
2007

The Group increases its stake in Atradius to 45%, becoming the main shareholder.

2010

The acquisition process of Atradius is completed, holding an 83.2% stake.

2012

In June 2012, the Group acquires the Spanish subsidiary Groupama, which takes the Plus Ultra Seguros brand.

Catalana Occidente celebrates its 150th anniversary
2014

The Group celebrates its 150th anniversary. A common logo for all Group companies is created.

2015

Grupo Catalana Occidente completes the acquisition of Plus Ultra Seguros.

2016

Grupo Catalana Occidente closes the acquisition of Grupo Previsora Bilbaína

2019

The Group closes the acquisition of Antares, to become one of the top 10 health insurers.