Ank Santens is an international arbitration lawyer based in New York. She is "a 'future leader in the profession,'" and "handles investment treaty and commercial arbitrations with equal aplomb" (Chambers USA 2013).
Ank serves 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.
Clients who benefit from Ank's advice come from a variety of industries, including energy, infrastructure and construction, mining, insurance, telecommunications, maritime, pharmaceutical, financial services, logistics and consumer goods.
Corporate clients look to Ank for a wide range of commercial disputes, post-M&A disputes, and disputes concerning joint ventures and other shareholder arrangements. Sovereign clients seek Ank's counsel on investment treaty disputes, as well as disputes relating to oil and gas concessions and sovereign borders.
Ank regularly advises on the drafting of dispute resolution clauses in international contracts. She seeks to resolve disputes in the most effective manner for clients, and in several cases has been able to obtain an early resolution through creative strategies and the use of negotiation and mediation.
Ank's international credentials are underlined by her work in the Firm's Paris office from 2004 to 2006, and her client-centered approach comes partly from her prior experience in the legal department of a pharmaceutical company in New Jersey, US.
Ank is Chair of the Arbitration Committee and a member of the Executive Advisory Committee of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) and a Member of the Executive Committee of the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA). She also serves on the ICCA Task Force on Third Party Funding, the Program Committee of NYIAC, the Subcommittee on the Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards of the IBA, the Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA), and the Editorial Committee of International Arbitration Case Law.
She frequently speaks on international arbitration at conferences around the world and has published on the subject in a variety of publications.
Ank co-chairs White & Case's New York's Women's Network and is past Secretary of White & Case. She serves on the Board of Directors of The Flemish in the World USA, Assoc. and International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP), an international pro bono organization, as well as on the Advisory Board of the female lawyer mentorship scheme launched by Falabella, the Vance Center and the Carey law firm in Chile. She is helping Haiti build a culture of international arbitration as part of the country's efforts to rebuild and attract foreign investment.
She 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).