The Rocca family Group

Background information Techint – Compagnia Tecnica Internazionale Spa – was founded in 1945 by Agostino Rocca, the patriarch of one of the most prominent and internationalized Italian industrial concerns who died in 1978 in Buenos Aires at the age of 83. Techint, named after its abbreviated telex code

Confindustria: Lobbies as an institution

Background information Confindustria, the association of Italy’s employers, is a prototype of Italy’s complex and highly institutionalized lobbying system whose roots date back to the pre-WWII era and which includes retailers associations Confcommercio and Conferesercenti, artisans’ Confartigianato and CNA, farmers’ Coldiretti and Confagricoltura, banks’ Abi and insurer companies’ Ania among others

Goldman Sachs

Background information As some in the US see Goldman Sachs as acting as a springboard for banking executives with top political ambitions, in Italy it’s the other way round: from politics to banking. In Goldman, of course. From powerful cabinet secretary of Berlusconi Gianni Letta,