Cariplo (with Mediocredito Lombardo), BCI and Banco Ambrosiano played an extremely important historical role: the first two have been preeminent in their respective segments within the Italian banking system which for decades has been rigidly structured by the banking law of 1936 that mandated three types of charter: savings banks, special institutions offering long-term loans, ordinary banks.
In addition to these two, it may be of interest the exploration of the inner workings of a private, middle-size bank such as Banco Ambrosiano Veneto, that has been the catalyst of a process of aggregation that has been unmatched in the Italian market.
Longevity, and a solid corporate culture as well as a most prideful bond uniting generation after generation of faithful staff will be apparent throughout the historical experience of both Cariplo and of BCI; their organizational systems may be seen as socio-political miniature universes, with their differently tuned capacities to anticipate the behaviour of the credit markets, to actuate economic and labour policies and – last but not least – to act as leaders in the cultural life of Italy.
The corporate culture of Banco Ambrosiano Veneto operated within a leaner shape, to show a keen attention to the bottom line and a markedly better focus on innovation of products and of services, all geared to the strengthening of the vital bonds between the bank and its local markets. Having considered these points, the Historical Archives constitute a rich cultural lode for history scholars and researchers, that without any doubt will remain crucial for years to come for any analysis of economic, political, social and cultural events of the 19th and 20th centuries.