Country Risk

Anti-'Ndrangheta operation in Lombardy highlights reputational risks to international businesses subcontracting local companies in northern Italy

29 September 2017


On 24 September Italian police arrested 24 people in various locations in northern Italy, including the mayor of the town of Seregno, Edoardo Mazza, who was placed under house arrest.

The arrests followed a probe into the 'Ndrangheta's alleged infiltration of business and political life in the northern Italian region of Lombardy. The 'Ndrangheta is currently Italy's most powerful crime syndicate, having surpassed the more famous Sicilian Cosa Nostra; its turnover in 2013 was estimated to be EUR55 billion (USD64 billion). The arrested mayor Mazza, who is a member of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia, is accused of having promised to intervene in a construction tender in favour of a businessman who was also listed among the arrested and is allegedly close to the 'Ndrangheta.

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