Only a handful of major international law firms have offices in Egypt, the 16th-largest nation in the world by population. But with millions of protesters crippling the country’s economy, unnerving the West, and prompting longtime president Honsi Mubarak to announce he won’t seek reelection in September, many lawyers are closely watching as events unfold.

Abdul Aziz Al-Yaqout, the regional managing partner of DLA Piper‘s offices in the Middle East, says that the firm’s Cairo office is currently closed until further notice. Yaqout, who spoke to us from Kuwait City, says that the situation on the ground is “chaotic” and that the firm’s employees are busy making sure that their families and property are safe.

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