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What do an Italian bank and a poultry farm in Madagascar have in common? Very little in practice, of course. Both, however, share a common minority shareholder: Libya.

As the unrest in Libya intensifies and governments step up the pressure on Colonel Muammar Qadhafi, the toughest actions taken against Libya’s ruling regime so far have been financial. Amid signs that cash is running short in Tripoli, attention has turned to the government’s foreign holdings, and the extent to which it can repatriate these funds for much-needed liquidity.

Read more at Financial Services Briefing: “Trimming Tripoli’s tentacles” (March 11th)