Ank Santens is a partner in White & Case’s International Arbitration practice in New York. She serves as counsel or arbitrator in commercial, investment, and construction arbitrations around the world, under all major international arbitration rules (ICC, ICDR/AAA, ICSID, LCIA, UNCITRAL) as well as under ad hoc and regional rules. These arbitrations involve countries and legal systems from around the world, and span various industries, including energy, infrastructure/construction, insurance, telecommunications, metals/mining, maritime, pharmaceutical, financial services, and consumer goods. She has also 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.
Ank is a trusted legal advisor and “a spectacular arbitration practitioner”(Who’s Who Legal) whose success has been recognized with high rankings in leading legal directories, including Chambers, Euromoney, Legal 500, and Global Arbitration Review.
Described as a “future leader in the profession” by Chambers USA, Ank has been named a thought leader by Who’s Who Legal: Global Elite Thought Leaders – Arbitration 2019, one of the “Most Highly Regarded Individuals” by Who’s Who Legal’s Future Leaders in Arbitration 2017, “Best in Commercial Arbitration” by Euromoney at its Americas Women in Business Law Awards in June 2016 (and shortlisted for the award in 2015, 2017 and 2018).
Ank also holds a number of noteworthy leadership positions, including Vice Chair of the IBA Arbitration Committee, Board Member of two arbitral institutions (the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) and Delos), and Executive Committee Member of the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA) and the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA). Ank often serves as arbitrator and is a member of the panel of arbitrators of the ICDR (the international arbitration arm of the American Arbitration Association), a CPR Distinguished Neutral, and a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of Câmara de Conciliação, Mediação e Arbitragem CIESP/FIESP (Chamber of Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration, São Paulo). Ank speaks regularly on international arbitration and served on the ICCA-Queen Mary Task Force on Third Party Funding that recently produced the ICCA Queen Mary Task Force Report on Third Party Funding in International Arbitration, a reference work on the topic.