Ank Santens is an international arbitration specialist based in New York. She serves as counsel or arbitrator in commercial, investment, construction, and insurance 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.
Ank has been named one of the "Most Highly Regarded Individuals" in Arbitration (Who's Who Legal's Future Leaders 2017), one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation in the United States (Benchmark 2017), Best in Commercial Arbitration (Euromoney's Americas Women in Business Law Awards 2016), Rising Star of the Year (Euromoney's Global Arbitration Awards 2014), one of 44 "Rising Stars" in the New York legal profession (New York Law Journal 2013) and one of the world's "45 under 45" leading international arbitration practitioners (Global Arbitration Review 2011).
Clients and market sources say:
• "'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." (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)
Clients who benefit from Ank's advice come from a variety of industries, in particular energy and infrastructure, but also mining, insurance, telecommunications, maritime, pharmaceutical, financial services, logistics, waste management, and consumer goods. They hail from around the globe, with a particular focus on Europe and Latin America.
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 has a track record of obtaining an early resolution through creative strategies and the use of negotiation and mediation.
Ank's client-centered approach stems from her experience early in her career in the legal department of a pharmaceutical company in New Jersey. She worked in White & Case's Paris office from 2004 to 2006.
Ank is a member of the Board and the International Arbitration Council of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR). She is a Vice Chair of the Arbitration Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA) and a Member of the Executive Committees of the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA) and the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA). She serves on the ICCA-Queen Mary Task Force on Third Party Funding, the Program Committee of NYIAC, and the Editorial Committee of International Arbitration Case Law. She is a past Chair of the Arbitration Committee of CPR and a past member of the Advisory Board of Columbia University's Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration (CICIA).
She frequently speaks on international arbitration at conferences around the world and has published on the subject in a variety of publications.
She is on the IEL Energy Arbitrators List and on the roster of arbitrators of the ICDR (American Arbitration Association), the Câmara de Conciliação, Mediação e Arbitragem CIESP/FIESP (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and the Lagos Court of Arbitration (Nigeria).
Ank is a past co-chair of White & Case's New York's Women's Network and 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. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the female lawyer mentorship program launched by Falabella, the Vance Center and the Carey law firm in Chile, and the Board of Trustees of the French-American School of New York. She helped Haiti build a culture of international arbitration as part of the country's efforts to rebuild and attract foreign investment.