Ank Santens is a partner in White & Case's International Arbitration Practice, and heads the Firm's Americas Disputes Section. She serves as counsel or arbitrator in commercial, investment, and construction arbitrations around the world, under all major international arbitration rules as well as under ad hoc and regional rules. Ank's industry focus includes energy, including oil, gas, electricity and renewables, infrastructure, mining, insurance, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, financial services, logistics, waste management, and consumer goods.
She advises corporate clients on a wide range of commercial disputes, post-M&A disputes, and disputes concerning joint ventures and other shareholder arrangements. On the sovereign side, she advises on investment treaty disputes and oil and gas concession disputes. Ank also 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 is a Court Member of the London Court of International Arbitration, and a member of the Board of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) and Delos Dispute Resolution. She is the Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA). She also serves on the advisory board of the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa (AFSA), the Program Committee of NYIAC, and the Editorial Committee of International Arbitration Case Law. Past appointments include Chair of CPR's Arbitration Committee, Member of the Advisory Board of Columbia University's Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration (CICIA), Vice Chair of the IBA's Arbitration Committee, and service on the ICCA-Queen Mary Task Force on Third Party Funding.
Ank is on the IEL Energy Arbitrators List and the arbitrator panels of the ICDR (American Arbitration Association), CPR, the Câmara de Conciliação, Mediação e Arbitragem CIESP/FIESP (Sao Paulo, Brazil), and the Lagos Court of Arbitration (Nigeria).
Ank is strongly committed to community service. She is a past chair of White & Case's New York's Women's Network, and serves on the Board of International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP), an international pro bono organization, and of her children's school, 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, and has recently advised an African country pro bono on its new arbitration legislation.
Ank received her LL.M from Columbia University and her Licentiate in Law from KU Leuven in Belgium.
Recent matters include representing:
- The investors in an ICSID claim against Argentina concerning the nationalization of the country's private pension system.
- The Republic of Bulgaria in a number of arbitrations across various sectors including power and waste collection.
- The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in two ICSID claims brought by investors in the retail and power/construction sectors.
- Pension funds in ICC arbitrations arising out of a shareholder dispute in relation to a joint venture for construction infrastructure projects in Latin America.