Gordon Smith

gordanFSIArb - FCIArb - FIEAust - CPEng - Chartered Arbitrator



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Gordon was a resident in Singapore for 11 years, and 2 years in Hong Kong. He was a partner at Kennedys in Singapore until 2012, heading its Construction Law Practice for South East Asia.

He was also head of engineering and construction at Baker & McKenzie Wong & Leow until April 2004, and head of the International Arbitration Group until April 2004.  

He was a partner at DLA Piper, in Singapore and then in Hong Kong, where he was responsible for the Asian engineering and construction law practice.  

Gordon is an accomplished international commercial disputes lawyer and arbitrator, with an emphasis on and engineering and energy matters throughout Asia-Pacific. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Gordon practised for12 years as a consultant civil/structural engineer and project manager in Australia and New Zealand. 
He has substantial experience as counsel in complex international arbitration, having conducted arbitrations in London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, and Jakarta under institutional rules ICC, SIAC, TAI, Bani, KLRCA, and ad-hoc arbitrations (UNCITRAL). He has alsoconducted a major investor state dispute against an Asian state under the auspices of ICSID.  He has been appointed as sole arbitrator and a panel arbitrator on major infrastructure, oil and gas, and commodity arbitrations. 
He has published over 50 articles and delivered over 60 talks at seminars on international arbitration, and engineering related topics in Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Taiwan, and Vietnam.   
Gordon is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia,and an Australian Chartered Professional Engineer (1989-2012). He is also a Fellow and Chartered Arbitrator of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom, a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, and is an arbitrator on the Singapore International Arbitration  Centre,  Kuala  Lumpur  Regional Arbitration Centre, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Panels of Arbitrators, and the American International Commercial Arbitration Court.


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