UGGC Africa > Casablanca, Morocco > Firm Profile

UGGC Africa
93 BOULEVARD MASSIRA AL KHADRA
CASABLANCA
Morocco

Morocco > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

At UGGC Africa, 'the partners’ dedication and experience enable it to deliver highly appreciated good advice and useful connections'. The firm has 20 year’s experience in Morocco, but its Casablanca office also handles transactions in Algeria, Tunisia, sub-Saharan Africa, and West and Central Africa. Ali Bougrine, who 'always manages to find a creative solution', and Laurent Sablé, who is praised for his 'outstanding performance', are the key partners. They are supported by Jean-Jacques Uettwiller who works between Paris and Casablanca.

Practice head(s):

Ali Bougrine

Testimonials

‘Ali Bougrine and his team delegated to our projects are always available and quick to answer to my questions. The team is growing up and has several offices in Africa which is helpful for a good knowledge of the local regulations.’

‘My main contact is Ali Bougrine. Depending on our projects, Ali always manages to find a creative solution to our needs in a particular market. He succeeds perfectly in anticipating the problems we might encounter and proposes alternative solutions.’

‘Most relevant point from my point of view is the reactivity and the connections of UGGC throughout Africa.’

‘Partners dedication and experience enable UGGC to deliver highly appreciated good advice and useful connections. l would like to point out the outstanding performance from Laurent Sablé.’

Key clients

LAFARGEHOLCIM

TOTAL

ESSILOR AND ITS MOROCCAN AND AFRICAN SUBSIDIARIES

ORANGE GROUP AND ORANGE OMEAM (MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA MANAGEMENT)

SYSTRA SA

CHRISTIAN DIOR

GBH (GROUPE BERNARD HAYOT) AND ITS MOROCCAN SUBSIDIARIES

ETAM

MABIOTECH

MATIS AEROSPACE (A JOINT COMPANY OF BOEING AND SAFRAN)

AFRIJET

INDUVER

AIR LIQUIDE

AMUNDI

ATALIAN

ARMONIA

FIPAR HOLDING

CIMAF

Work highlights

  • Advising Matis Aerospace, a joint venture owned 50% by Safran Electrical and 50% by Boeing on legal issues relating to corporate law.
  • Advised MABIOTECH on the sale of Mabiotech and Chemotech.

Morocco > Dispute resolution Tier 2

UGGC Africa has ‘good knowledge of administrative law and the public procurement code, as well as experience in administrative litigation‘. The firm’s litigation and international arbitration group, led by Ali Bougrine, has more than 15 lawyers who act for Moroccan and international clients in domestic and cross-border disputes. Jean-Jacques Uettwiller, who works in both Paris and Casablanca, and Laurent Sablé also play key roles in the practice. They recently represented a Mauritanian company in partnership with a Chinese company in arbitration concerning the violation of an exclusivity clause.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Good knowledge of administrative law and the public procurement code, as well as experience in administrative litigation.’

Key clients

CRISTAL FISH

OMNIUM TECHNOLOGIQUE

Morocco > Tax Tier 2

UGGC Africa has a large multidisciplinary practice composed of French and Moroccan lawyers who handle tax aspects of M&A transactions and private equity investments, tax structuring, VAT issues, tax audits and litigation. The firm is also known for its in-depth analysis of international tax treaties. Practice head Ali Bougrine and his team of eight associates are ‘dedicated to clients’ projects and are always available and quick to answer to enquiries‘.

Practice head(s):

Ali Bougrine

Testimonials

‘Ali Bougrine and his team dedicated to our projects is always available and quick to answer to our enquiries. The UGGC Africa desk has several offices in Africa and it is very helpful to have a knowledge of the local regulations.’

‘My main contact is Ali Bougrine. Depending on our projects, Ali always manages to find a creative solution to our needs in a particular market. He succeeds perfectly in anticipating the problems we might encounter and proposes alternative solutions.’

Morocco > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

UGGC Africa has a longstanding reputation for high-quality work in cross-border transactions, especially in the project finance and PPP spaces, though it is also known for advising clients in the banking and finance sector on regulatory matters in Morocco. Ali Bougrine and Laurent Sablé are the main contacts in Casablanca, though Jean-Jacques Uettwiller, who works in both Morocco and Paris, is also a key practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Ali Bougrine

Key clients

LAFARGEHOLCIM

Centre Monétique Interbancaire (CMI)

EXIM

Morocco > Employment Tier 3

French firm UGGC Africa has been in Morocco for 20 years and had developed a strong pan-African tax and legal advisory service, in which employment law advice is a key element. It assists international businesses with corporate restructurings, litigation with unions and individuals, dismissals and redundancies, terminations, and cross-border contracts. Key partner Ali Bougrine recently advised urban transport company RAPT Dev on the employment aspects of major operating contracts for the Casablanca public transport network.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

ORANGE OMEAM (MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA MANAGEMENT)

SYSTRA SA

RATP DEV

GBH (GROUPE BERNARD HAYOT) AND ITS MOROCCAN SUBSIDIARIES

Morocco > Projects and public law Tier 3

UGGC Africa has broad exposure to major projects and public law matters through its finance, corporate and tax practices. It handles PPP transactions, public construction law, urban planning and development, and project finance. Lead partner Ali Bougrine, who works in both Paris and Casablanca, is head of the firm’s Africa desk. He is supported by Laurent Sablé, who is adept in cross-border lending, corporate finance and M&A. The firm is assisting French company RATP with the execution of public transport contracts.

Practice head(s):

Ali Bougrine

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

RATP DEV

Centre Monétique Interbancaire (CMI)

MATIS AEROSPACE  (A JOINT COMPANY OF BOEING AND SAFRAN)

FIPAR HOLDING

Work highlights

  • Assistance to RATP DEV in the conclusion and execution of public transport contracts.
  • Counsel to Centre Monétique Interbancaire (CMI) on all regulatory aspects and agreements related to the CMI activity.
  • Assistance to MATIS AEROSPACE (a joint company of Boeing and Safran) regarding all contractual issues such as public domain occupation agreements.

Morocco > Tourism and real estate Tier 3

UGGC Africa has a diverse team of lawyers working on real estate matters, bringing together experience in sales and acquisitions, leases, construction and asset management, as well as knowledge of urban, planning and public property law. It advises investors and developers on projects, as well as handling M&A transactions and disputes in the property sector. Corporate partner Ali Bougrine leads the practice, with support from finance partner Laurent Sablé.

Practice head(s):

Ali Bougrine

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

LAFARGEHOLCIM

SYSTRA SA

RATP DEV

Work highlights

  • Advising LafargeHolcim regarding mergers and acquisitions, corporate law, property law on the quarry system, closure of joint ventures and competition law.
  • Advised MABIOTECH on the sale of Mabiotech and Chemotech.
  • Assisting RAPT Dev in the conclusion and execution of public transport contracts.

UGGC Africa – A new pan-African platform of business law

In December 2002, UGGC Avocats created a subsidiary office in Casablanca. It was one of the first French law firms to set up an office in Morocco in order to develop a pan-African legal and tax advisory platform. The Moroccan office has since become one of the foremost international law firms in Africa intervening regularly in Morocco but also in Algeria, Tunisia as well as in Sub-Saharan, West and Central Africa.

In 2014, the firm also opened an “Africa Desk” in Paris – always with the aim of remaining close to its European clients. The Desk consists of lawyers in the Paris office who are perfectly knowledgeable in OHADA law so that our European clients have a contact close-at-hand in Paris.

In 2021, the name of the subsidiary in Morocco changed to UGGC Africa to emphasize the firm’s African presence and ambitions. The same year, UGGC Africa has considerably grown by developing its networks in both Cameroon and Ivory Coast.

For more than 20 years, UGGC Africa is accompanying its clients in their investment projects in Africa. It is offering them a wide range of expertise covering all areas of law, with a level of practice that meets the highest standards of the profession. Furthermore, UGGC Africa is working in Arabic, English and French.

Learn more about UGGC Africa.

Discover our Casablanca team

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate law Ali Bougrine, Partner in the Paris office and Managing Partner of the Casablanca officea.bougrine@uggc.comFrance: +33 1 56 69 70 00 ; Morocco: +212 522 77 44 40
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Mr Ali Bougrine photo Mr Ali BougrineAli Bougrine, partner at the UGGC Paris office and managing partner of…
Mr Laurent Sablé photo Mr Laurent SabléLaurent Sablé joined UGGC in 2017 as he was attracted by the firm’s team…
Number of attorneys : 30
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