The OCIM group was established in Paris in 1961 by the Mathiot family. As a real estate developer, its initial activity was the construction and sale of residential properties.
OCIM built several thousand apartment units and homes in France, mostly in the Paris area, and also developed commercial real estate and public buildings, including a school, a library, and a hospital. OCIM’s vision became building properties not only for sale, but also for rental. In the 1980s, OCIM acted as its own asset and property manager through the ownership of a portfolio of real estate assets that generated rental income.
As a synergy to its land construction activity, the Mathiot family also purchased rural assets including farmland, livestock, and forestry.
After three decades of growth in its core business, in the 1990s OCIM began diversifying its asset base into financial markets and private equity investments.
The financial crisis of 2008 convinced OCIM’s principals to seek safe-haven assets for wealth protection purposes, leading OCIM to a significant allocation of its investments into coinage precious metals such as physical gold and silver. OCIM, considering such precious metals to be strategic assets, entered the business of trading and investing metals with a Geneva-based subsidiary and experienced strong growth and profitability.