Raghav Ahuja

Counsel

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Raghav Ahuja advises banks, asset managers, insurance companies, retirement and healthcare plan fiduciaries, and other financial services institutions on a variety of legal issues ranging from consumer protection, insurance, securities, and privacy law, to compliance with Dodd-Frank, the Affordable Care Act, and ERISA.

As a trained engineer, Raghav brings his quantitative thinking and creativity to the table in considering the strength of potential legal arguments and avenues for factual development. He analyzes the litigation risks of product offerings and consults with companies regarding risk mitigation strategies, including by offering recommendations to strengthen client contracts and regulatory disclosures, as well as corporate compliance processes.

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Languages

  • Hindi
  • German

Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D.: cum laude
  • The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Certificate, Business Economics & Public Policy
  • University of Michigan, B.S.E., Electrical Engineering: summa cum laude

Professional Activities

Internships

  • Honorable William M. Hoeveler, US District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Author

  • “Constitutional in Name: The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection and the Obama Administration’s Treatment of the Nondelegation Principle and the Appointments Clause,” University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law (2011) 
  • Defended multiple asset managers in litigation challenging investment strategy of various financial products, such as stable value and target date funds
  • Defended various retirement plan sponsors and service providers in litigation challenging the reasonableness of recordkeeping and/or investment management fees, and the design of plans’ investment option menus
  • Representing asset manager and brokerage services provider in Department of Labor investigation regarding alleged breach of company’s client contracts and of federal compensation disclosure regulations
    • Led factual investigation regarding company practices
    • Presented factual findings and advocated company legal position at in-person meeting with Department
    • Recommended changes to client contracts and disclosures designed to mitigate legal risk, and negotiated with Department regarding approval of changes and closure of investigation
  • Advised asset manager on restructuring of separate account product family by evaluating securities, ERISA, and tax law implications of proposed changes, and recommending risk-mitigating modifications to company’s client contracts and business processes
  • Counseling insurance company in state-by-state overhaul of group policy, certificate of coverage, and vendor agreement language and representing company in litigation challenging aspects of claims payment process
    • Drafting model contract language and assisting in negotiations with state regulators for approval of same
    • Evaluating risk of continuing current practices in states where regulators reject portions of model contract language and recommending potential business process changes designed to mitigate legal risk
  • Developed legal strategy for health insurance company to mitigate legal risk arising from adverse agency interpretation of regulation, including via discussions with Department of Health and Human Services and drafting of complaint challenging regulatory action under the Administrative Procedures Act
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