White & Case
Ank Santens
New York

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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:

"Santens is highlighted as being "excellent at defusing difficult situations and distilling what needs to be decided." (Chambers USA 2014)

"‘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)

"Ank Santens showed a dedication and commitment [I have] rarely encountered. You can be sure she will really fight for [your case] with all her resources. She also seems to really enjoy her job.” (GAR 100, 2010)

"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, Court of Arbitration for Sport), 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. Ms. Santens has extensive experience in energy, infrastructure, and construction. She has also handled significant disputes in the insurance, telecommunications, metals and mining, maritime, pharmaceutical, financial services, logistics, waste management, and consumer goods industries. She has advised sovereign clients on oil and gas concessions, border disputes, and the impact of land reform. Ms. Santens has handled a wide range of commercial disputes (often arising out of distribution, supply or licensing agreements), post-M&A disputes, and disputes concerning joint ventures and other shareholder arrangements.

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Ms. Santens also handles arbitration-related litigation before New York courts. She regularly advises on the drafting of dispute resolution clauses in international contracts. In several cases, she has been able to obtain an early resolution of the dispute through the effective use of negotiation and/or mediation.

Ms. Santens advises clients in English, Spanish, French, and Flemish/Dutch. She practiced in White & Case’s Paris office from 2004 to 2006. Before joining White & Case, she worked in the legal department of a pharmaceutical company in New Jersey, US.

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:
  • Chambers USA: International Arbitration
  • Global Arbitration Review 100: Leading individual
  • The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration
  • The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers
  • Legal 500 Latin America: International Arbitration (2012)
  • The Guide to the World’s Leading Commercial Arbitration Attorneys
  • EuroMoney’s Benchmark Litigation Guide
  • PLC Which lawyer?, Recommended for Dispute resolution: international arbitration
  • Who’s Who Legal: Commercial Arbitration (2012)
  • Super Lawyers: New York Metro Rising Stars
  • Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law
  • Legal 500 USA: International Arbitration (2009)
  • New York Metro Area’s Outstanding Young Attorneys – International Law (2012)
  • Profiled in “Women of Arbitration,” Global Arbitration Review, Vol. 2, Issue 4 (2007)

Activities and Professional Associations
Leadership roles in professional associations:
  • 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 in Third Party Funding
  • Member of the Sub-Committee on the Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards of the International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Member of the Editorial Committee of International Arbitration Case Law (http://www.internationalarbitrationcaselaw.com/)
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA)

Ms. Santens is also a former Member of the Advisory Board of the Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration (CICIA) of Columbia Law School and of the International Commercial Disputes Committee of the New York City Bar. She is a current member of ARBITRALWOMEN, CEPANI 40 (Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation), ICDR Y&I, International Arbitration Club of New York, International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), YAF ICC, and YIAG LCIA. She is listed on the roster of arbitrators of the Câmara de Conciliação, Mediação e Arbitragem CIESP/FIESP, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

She played a lead role in the creation of the “2012 International Arbitration Survey: Current and Preferred Practices in the Arbitral Process” conducted by the School of International Arbitration at Queen Mary, University of London and sponsored by White & Case. One of her pro bono efforts is helping Haiti build a culture of international arbitration as part of the country’s efforts to rebuild and attract foreign investment, including through education of Haitian legal professionals and the judiciary and working with the Chambre de Conciliation et d’Arbitrage d’Haiti.

Ms. Santens chairs White & Case's New York's Women's Network and is past Secretary of White & Case. She serves on the Board of The Flemish in the World USA, Assoc.

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Speaking Engagements
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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