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Protest at the Embassy of Myanmar in Bangkok as Military Take Power in Myanmar for one year Demonstrators in Bangkok hold up images of Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been detained ever since the military seized power Feb. 1, declaring a year-long state of emergency. Photo: Andre Malerba/Bloomberg

When the world awoke to news of a coup in Myanmar on Monday, an email to a lawyer at Baker McKenzie’s office in Yangon triggered an out-of-office email that read, “Due to the political situation developing in Myanmar … lawyers and staff located in Myanmar may not be able to communicate via email or phone calls for some time. We will endeavor to respond once communications are restored to their usual levels. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.” 

Telecommunications and internet services were eventually restored, and the global firm has since issued a statement that its staff in Myanmar are safe. The firm also says it is monitoring the situation in Yangon with the safety of their team members the primary focus.

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Jessica Seah

Jessica Seah covers Asia for Law.com International. She writes about lawyers and legal issues in Singapore and throughout Southeast Asia, as well as in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and China. Her coverage includes the business of law, global and domestic law firms, legal tech, in-house legal departments and regulatory issues. She can be reached at [email protected]

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