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Ali Bougrine is a multidisciplinary lawyer working on local and cross-border transactions mainly in the EMEA region. He specializes in corporate law with a focus on Mergers & Acquisitions, International Investments, Private Equity, and Litigation & Arbitration. He is also an expert in OHADA Law which he has been practicing for more than a decade. In 2021, he was ranked among the 20 best lawyers in Africa by Jeune Afrique Business+.

He has a double degree in public and corporate law (DEA and DESS) from the University of Paris V – René Descartes, and was admitted to the Paris Bar in 2003. He started his career at UGGC Avocats in 2002 and has remained loyal to this independent firm created in 1993. He then became a partner of the M&A department in Paris.

Ali is also the Managing Partner of UGGC Africa, leading the African offices in Casablanca, Douala, Abidjan, and Paris Desk. For over 20 years, UGGC Africa has been deeply involved in major pan-African cross-border transactions, primarily in French-speaking Africa.

Ali Bougrine is a member of several associations such as the « Conseil Français des Investisseurs en Afrique » (CIAN), the Israel-Morocco Chamber of Commerce and Industry since the launch of the international alliance of the two leading law firms in Morocco and Israel: FIRON-UGGC in 2022, the International Association of Lawyers (ULA), the “Association Française d’Arbitrage” (AFA), the French Association of Investors for Growth, France Invest, the Moroccan Business Lawyers Association (AJAM), the Moroccan Association of Capital Investors (AMIC). He holds the job of representative for the BNP Trade International.

Ali is the author of several articles and publications and has given numerous interviews to the media (Le Monde du Droit, BFM TV, RFI, La Tribune Afrique, Médi1 radio, Magazine de l’Afrique, Les Inspirations Eco magazine, Africa Business+, etc.). He is a regular speaker at international conferences and forums and pursues an educational activity by regularly conducting numerous training sessions on Mergers & Acquisitions, international investments and litigation & arbitration (Francis Lefebvre Formation, “Ecole de Formation du Barreau de Paris” EFB, Groupe EFE, “Université International de Rabat” UIR, etc.). With The World Bank Group, he contributed in 2021 to the drafting of the Moroccan chapter of the Doing Business Project related to their Transfer of Ownership indicator, including a section describing efforts to support recovery after Covid-19.

Ali is a native French and Arabic speaker, and is fluent in English.


  • French
  • English
  • Arabic


  • Member of the Israel-Morocco Chamber of Commerce and Industry since the launch of the  international alliance of two leading law firms in Morocco and Israel: FIRON-UGGC in 2022
  • Member of the « Conseil Français des Investisseurs en Afrique » (CIAN)
  • Representative of the Interlaw network
  • Representative of the WLA (World Law Alliance)
  • Member of Union Internationale des Avocats (“UIA”)
  • Member of the “Association Française d’Arbitrage” (AFA)
  • Member of the French Association of Investors for Growth, France Invest
  • Member of the Moroccan Business Lawyers Association (“AJAM”)
  • Member of the Moroccan Association of Capital Investors (“AMIC”)

Lawyer Rankings

Paris > Résolution des litiges > Contentieux commercial et de droit des sociétés

UGGC Avocats La pratique contentieuse représente une part importante dans l’activité globale d’ UGGC et fait participer la plupart des associés du cabinet dans leurs domaines d’expertise respectifs. Parmi eux, interviennent plus particulièrement  David Gordon-Krief  qui dirige la pratique contentieuse, Jean-Jacques Uettwiller , Clémence Lemétais d’Ormesson  qui a été promue associée en 2021 et Ali Bougrine  qui s’occupe plus particulièrement des dossiers intéressant le Maroc. Le cabinet traite des contentieux commerciaux, corporate et des conflits d’actionnaires. Il dispose d’une solide base de clientèle parmi les grands fonds d’investissement. L’équipe traite aussi régulièrement des litiges dans le secteur immobilier.

Morocco > Commercial, corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

Ali BougrineUGGC Africa

Working alongside the firm’s Paris office, UGGC Africa is active across Morocco, as well as Europe and Sub-Saharan, Central and West Africa. With experience across all aspects of corporate and commercial law, the team is particularly adept at handling private equity, securities issues, joint ventures, corporate restructuring and capital markets. Additionally, its lawyers are often involved in the drafting and negotiation of commercial contracts. Managing partner Ali Bougrine specialises in corporate law, M&A and private equity, meanwhile Laurent Sablé is noted for transnational work. Jean-Jacques Uettwiller works on company transfers and the management of personal assets.

Morocco > Employment

Operating in close tandem with the firm’s Paris office, UGGC Africa supports clients across Europe and Africa with the employment aspects of their dealings in the region. In addition to handling day-to-day labour issues, the team also handles employment matters surrounding restructurings, union litigations, dismissals, employment contracts and amicable termination proceedings. Practice head and managing partner Ali Bougrine regularly supports clients with the employment concerns of major M&A transactions.

Morocco > Projects and public law

UGGC Africa features a dedicated public law and projects practice which covers the full range of services in the sector, including public procurement law, PPP, public construction and urban planning. Ali Bougrine leads the team, advising clients on public law and public private partnerships. Laurent Sablé is a key contact, with experience in public construction law and economic regulation.

Morocco > Tax

The tax team at UGGC Africa is skilled in a broad range of tax matters within Morocco and across Africa. Particular areas of work for the firm include tax group structuration, VAT, tax audits and litigation and the tax elements of M&A transactions. Managing partner Ali Bougrine leads the practice, focusing on the tax aspects of M&A transactions and international investment.

Morocco > Tourism and real estate

The real estate team at UGGC Africa is experienced across both the private and public aspects of real estate law. On the private side, its lawyers assist investors and developers with transactions, leases, construction and asset management services. On the public side, the team frequently handles matters involving urban planning and public property law. A further key pillar of the practice is real estate litigation across different levels of Moroccan court. Ali Bougrine leads the team, specialising in building acquisition and co-ownership law.

Morocco > Banking, finance and capital markets

The banking and finance team at UGGC Africa supports a range of domestic and international clients with their investment projects across Africa. In particular, the group provides support to Moroccan and foreign credit establishments on regulatory issues, while also being heavily involved in bank financing, project finance, restructuring and securitisations. Ali Bougrine acts as managing partner, specialising in corporate law and private equity. Elsewhere, Laurent Sablé advises clients in regard to financing transactions, corporate finance and securities issues.

Morocco > Dispute resolution

The litigation and international arbitration group at UGGC Africa works closely with the firm’s Paris office to offer strong cross-border capabilities across Africa, Europe and beyond. Ali Bougrine leads the group, acting regularly on complex dispute resolution as an arbitrator and counsel to parties in Sub-Saharan Africa. Laurent Sablé specialises in international arbitration, while Jean-Jacques Uettwiller works heavily in the agri-food and public work sectors.

France > Private equity: venture/growth capital

The private equity team at UGGC Avocats has a strong track record of advising leading investment funds and successful companies across all venture and growth capital operations. Practice head Charles-Emmanuel Prieur advises industrial and commercial operators on takeover transactions and asset purchase operations, and has a key focus on the new technologies, life sciences and financial services sectors. Prieur is supported by real estate experts David Gordon-Krief and Julien Mayeras, as well as M&A specialists Ali Bougrine and Yves Mondellini.