About Coface

Our history


Since its founding in 1946, the Coface Group has contributed to the performance and growth of businesses of all sizes worldwide, and to building and conveying a climate of trust among trading partners.
1946 :
  • Establishment of Coface, a French company specializing in export credit insurance.
1990 :
  • Coface begins operations in North America.
1992 :
  • Start of international expansion. Gradual development of the network in new countries, most notably Germany and Austria in 1991 and UK and Italy in 1992.
  • Creation of CreditAlliance, a worldwide network of insurance companies, business information agencies, multiline insurance companies and factoring companies.
1994 :
  • Coface privatized. The Group continues to handle public guarantees on behalf of the French State.
2002 :
  • Coface acquires CNA Credit in the USA.
2004 :
  • Coface SA – Canada Branch is launched.
2006 :
  • Coface becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of Natixis, the financing, asset management and financial services arm of the BPCE Group, France’s second largest banking group.
2011 :
  • Activities refocused on credit insurance, its traditional core business.
2012 :
  • Direct presence in 66 countries.
  • Coverage extends tonearly 200 countries.
  • Launch of Coface Global Solutions (a set of services aimed at multinationals) and Top Liner (complementary cover to the classic credit insurance).
2014 :
  • Success of the Coface IPO on the regulated market of Euronext Paris. As of July 2nd 2014, the resulting shareholding is as follows: Public: 58.50%; Natixis: 41.24%; Employees: 0.26%
  • Direct presence in 67 countries.
  • Guarantees delivered in nearly 200 countries.
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