We herein report on the synthesis of biphenylenes substituted with a pyridine (N), a phosphine (P) and a carbene (C′) donor as well as a carbene donor with additional pyridine in the lateral position. We describe the synthesis and structures of derived gold(I) complexes, which we tried to use for the synthesis of non-palindromic [(C^C^D)AuIII] pincer complexes by means of an intramolecular oxidative addition of the strained biphenylene ring. However, the anticipated formation of gold(III) complexes failed due to kinetic and thermodynamic reasons, which we extensively investigated by quantum chemical calculations. Furthermore, we shed light on the oxidative addition of biphenylene to two different gold(I) systems reported in the literature. Our comprehensive quantum-chemical analysis is complemented by NMR experiments.