Ank Santens - White & Case LLP

Ank Santens

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2016

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, clients and leading directories have said:

“Santens is … ‘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. 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.  In the public international law arena, she has advised sovereign clients on oil and gas concessions, border disputes, and the impact of land reform.

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 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.

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:

-  Chambers USA: International Arbitration

-  The Best Lawyers in America: International Arbitration - Commercial

-  Global Arbitration Review 100: Leading individual

-  The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration

-  The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers

-  Legal 500 USA and Legal 500 Latin America: International Arbitration

-  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)

-  Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law

-  Profiled in “Women of Arbitration,” Global Arbitration Review, Vol. 2, Issue 4 (2007)

Ms. Santens has leadership roles in several professional associations:

-  Chair of the CPR Arbitration Committee; Member of CPR’s International Arbitration Council and Executive Advisory Committee

-  Member of the Executive Committee of the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA)

-  Member of the ICCA Task Force on Third Party Funding

-  Member of the Program Committee of the New York International Arbitration Center

-  Member of the Editorial Committee of International Arbitration Case Law

-  Member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA)

She is former Member of the Advisory Board of the Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration (CICIA) of Columbia Law School, the International Commercial Disputes Committee of the New York City Bar, and the Sub-Committee on the Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards of the International Bar Association (IBA).  She is also a member of ARBITRALWOMEN, CEPANI, International Arbitration Club of New York, and International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA). 

She is on the roster of arbitrators of the ICDR (American Arbitration Association) and the Câmara de Conciliação, Mediação e Arbitragem CIESP/FIESP (Sao Paulo, Brazil).   

Ms. Santens has written on a variety of international arbitration topics for publications including Arbitration International, Financier Worldwide Magazine, Global Arbitration Review, International Arbitration Law Review, the International Bar Association’s Arbitration Newsletter,, Mealey’s International Arbitration Report, and The Institute for Transnational Arbitration’s News and Notes.  She authored the chapter on Belgium for the World Arbitration Reporter (Juris) and is an international correspondent of the Romanian Review of Arbitration.

Ms. Santens frequently speaks on international arbitration at conferences around the world, including recently at ICC, LCIA, IBA, ICDR, JCAA, FIDIC, ITA, CPR, CAM Santiago, AIPN, NYSBA, SAA, and PLI conferences. She has lectured on international arbitration at Columbia Law School and at a summer program organized by the Institute for U.S. Law in affiliation with the George Washington University Law School.

She co-chairs White & Case’s New York’s Women’s Network and is past Secretary of White & Case.  She serves on the boards of The Flemish in the World USA, Assoc. and International Senior Lawyers Project, an international pro bono organization.

Office Location

1155 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036-2787
United States

Practice Areas

International Arbitration - Commercial

Other Information

Gender: Female