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Ank A. Santens

Ank A. Santens

White & Case LLP

New York, NY, USA

Practice Experience

Ank Santens is a partner in the international arbitration group of White & Case LLP, based in the New York office. In her fifteen years of experience in international arbitration, clients and leading directories have said:

“‘Great lawyer’ Ank Santens is tipped by market sources as a ‘future leader in the profession,’ and is currently involved in a number of matters for key clients of the firm. She handles investment treaty and commercial arbitrations with equal aplomb.” (Chambers USA 2013)

“Garry Kasparov … [t]he former chess world champion said the [team led by Ms.Santens] displayed ‘a combination of big-picture understanding and management of the smallest details despite heavy time pressure'. ‘I would never consider going to any other firm.’” (GAR 100, 2011)

Ms. Santens has served as counsel or arbitrator in commercial, investment, construction and sports arbitrations under all major international arbitration rules (ICC, ICDR/AAA, ICSID, LCIA, UNCITRAL, CAS), as well as in ad hoc arbitrations and arbitrations under the rules of several regional centers. These arbitrations have involved countries and legal systems around the world, and a variety of industries (including energy, infrastructure/construction, insurance, telecommunications, metals/mining, maritime, pharmaceutical, financial services, and consumer goods). She has advised sovereign clients on disputes involving oil and gas concessions, border issues, and land reform.

Ms. Santens also handles arbitration-related litigation before New York courts and regularly advises on the drafting of dispute resolution clauses in international contracts. She practiced in White & Case’s Paris office from 2004 to 2006 and started her career in the legal department of a pharmaceutical company in New Jersey.

Recognition, Activities, Publications, Speeches

Ms. Santens was named the “Global Rising Star of the Year” (Euromoney’s Global Commercial Arbitration Awards 2014), one of the “45 under 45” (Global Arbitration Review 2011), and one of the 44 “Rising Stars” in New York (New York Law Journal 2013). She is highly recommended by the major legal directories, including: Chambers USA: International Arbitration; Global Arbitration Review 100; The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration; The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers; Legal 500 Latin America: International Arbitration; The Guide to the World’s Leading Commercial Arbitration Attorneys; EuroMoney’s Benchmark Litigation Guide; PLC Which lawyer?; Who’s Who Legal: Commercial Arbitration; Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law; Legal 500 USA: International Arbitration; “Women of Arbitration,” Global Arbitration Review, Vol. 2, Issue 4 (2007).

Ms. Santens is Chair of the CPR Arbitration Committee; Member of the Executive Committee of the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA); Member of the ICCA Task Force on Third Party Funding; past Member of the Advisory Board of the Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration (CICIA) at Columbia Law School; Member of the Sub-Committee on the Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards of the International Bar Association (IBA); Member of the International Commercial Disputes Committee, New York City Bar; Member of the Editorial Committee of International Arbitration Case Law; Member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA).

She frequently speaks and writes on a variety of international arbitration topics at conferences and in journals around the world, and has lectured on international arbitration at Columbia Law School and other universities.

Bars and Courts

Solicitor of England and Wales, 2006

New York State Bar, 2000

US District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2000

US District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 2000


JD, semester (concentration on dispute resolution), Columbia University, New York, 2000

LLM, Columbia University School of Law, New York, Harlan Fiske Stone scholar, 1999

Licentiate in Law, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, cum laude, 1996

Single Candidature in Philosophy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, cum laude, 1996

ERASMUS Student, Law Faculty, University of Granada, Spain, magna cum laude, 1995










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