The Egyptian stock market shut down Jan. 27, with street protests leading eventually to the overthrow of the government led for more than three decades by Hosni Mubarak. The question? When would the market re-open? And what would happen to the securities that American and other foreign institutions thought they owned?

As January turned to February and then to March, answers were hard to come by. That's where, however, where a global fund services firm like Citigroup gets the chance to show that its own feet on the street make a difference.

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