Jean-Jacques Uettwiller


Who am I?

Following a career in the private sector and in law firms, I founded UGGC Avocats – with other lawyers – in 1993.

From the onset, my foremost speciality is the law of company transfers (what some posers call M&A), providing advice or assisting with litigation, but also deal with the management of the personal assets of wealthy families and I am involved in arbitration, international in particular.

I am also involved in professional associations and organisations (ACE…) and I am currently President of the UIA.


UGGC and I

After many years I still enjoy doing my job as a lawyer with the same pleasure because it is different from other jobs in that you can deal with a case from start to finish.

This is probably a satisfaction which is common to all lawyers but what I am personally proud of, apart from creating this firm, is to meet former interns, 10 or 20 years on, and to hear them say what pleasure they had working with us.


My practice

I am particularly involved in the agri-food and public work sectors, but my job encompasses a much broader area than these sectors.  In fact, my practice is both international and multidisciplinary at the same time since it covers international arbitration as well as transactions governed by OHADA law or more traditional transactions of business law.

Career and languages

  • Former President, Foreign Investments Commission, UIA - 2017
  • Member of the Bar Council - 2012-2014
  • Member, Board, Conseil National des Barreaux - 2006-2008
  • President of the Prospective Commission of Conseil National des Barreaux (National Bars Council) - 2003-2005
  • Honorary President, Association des Avocats Conseils d’Entreprise (ACE) - 2004
  • Former President, Foreign Investments Commission, UIA - 1996-2002
  • Partner and cofounder of UGGC Law Firm - 1993
  • Partner, Berlioz & Co - 1987-1993
  • Admitted to the Paris Bar - 1986
  • General counsel, Bongrain Group - 1982-1986
  • General counsel, Groupe Revillon - 1975-1982
  • Senior executive officer, Société Nancéienne et Varin Bernier - 1970-1975
  • Certificates of Specialisation: Corporate Law and Tax Law
  • Expert IFEJI (Institut Français d'Experts Juridiques Internationaux)
  • Postgraduate Degree (DES) in Civil Law
  • Laureate, Paris X-Nanterre Law School
  • ICC Arbitrator
  • French
  • English


Best Lawyers 2020 – UGGC teams awarded Best Lawyers in 16 practices

UGGC teams awarded ” Best Lawyers Honorees ” in France by the magazine Best Lawyers, Global Business Edition 2020 in: Arbitration and Mediation Competition / Antitrust Law Employee Benefits Law European Union Law Health Care Law Immigration Law Information Technology Law Insolvency and Reorganization Law Investment Labor and Employment Law Litigation Media Law Mergers and […]