Vince Gordon

Vince Gordon

Middle East Managing Partner


  • University of Queensland, Bachelor of Laws, (Hons)
  • University of New South Wales, MBA
  • CSA, Graduate Diploma in Company Secretarial Practice
  • University of Queensland, Bachelor of Arts

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • Australia
  • England and Wales

Vince is Reed Smith's Middle East Managing Partner and has substantial experience in all types of Middle Eastern work including banking and finance, debt capital markets, structuring and joint ventures, corporate finance and acquisitions, funds, trade finance, regulatory and project finance work.

Vince has worked on many of Reed Smith’s recent significant transactions in the Middle East and Africa, in particular advising on finance, infrastructure and projects transactions.

He has been based in the Middle East for over eleven years. He also is Chair of the African and Australian business teams, and previously Vice Chair of the Firm’s Business & Finance Department and on the management committee of the global Financial Industry Group.

Vince previously worked in top tier Australian firms and spent three years in Reed Smith’s London office.

He is rated as a leading lawyer in the field of Middle East banking and finance by independent legal directories - Chambers Global, Legal 500, IFLR and PLC.

Employment History

  • 2007 - Reed Smith
    • Middle East Head of Banking & Finance
    • Former Managing Partner of the firm's Abu Dhabi office
  • 2005 - Richards Butler (combined with Reed Smith in 2007)
  • General Counsel of a leading Australian investment research company

Independent Legal and Industry Ratings

  • Vincent Gordon manages Reed Smith's Middle East practice and has a vast array of experience in acting on corporate and financial transactions. Finance for energy and infrastructure projects is a particular area of focus. (Chambers Global 2015)
  • Reed Smith’s Vince Gordon is ‘capable of meeting tight deadlines and has good market knowledge’. The team receives a steady stream of instructions from Union National Bank, and recently advised it on an aircraft financing for Etihad. (Legal 500 2015)
  • Reed Smith’s clients are quick to highlight the ‘accessibility, responsiveness and capability’ of Vince Gordon. (Legal 500 2013)
  • Vincent Gordon of Reed Smith is particularly active in Abu Dhabi. He has a broad practice, but stands out for the work he has done for Union National Bank on various restructuring transactions. (Chambers Global 2013)
  • Clients really like the head of Reed Smith's banking and finance team, Vince Gordon. “What drives our continuing relationship is Gordon – he always puts us first, very professional," says one. (International Financial Law Review 2010)