Education-sector organizations must manage law compliance in an environment more complex, intense, and variable than in bygone days. Education institutions face financial pressure, heightened regulatory burdens and government enforcement, keen competition, increased internationalism, and fast-paced technological opportunities and risks. We are attuned to these issues.

Representative experience

Advised several universities on establishment and operation of comprehensive degree-granting campuses abroad, including in China and the Middle East.

Advised a Middle East institution on governance, transactional, regulatory, and intellectual property issues.

Advised on establishment of sites in Africa & Asia for university sponsored projects involving clinical programs, collaborative research, and humanitarian assistance.

Advised universities on, and negotiated agreements related to, international education initiatives such as study abroad centers, student exchange programs, and dual and joint degree programs.

Defended a university against claims by a donor’s heirs that the institution misused the donor’s gift.

Defended a leading research institution in a False Claims Act matter involving more than US$1bn in federal grants from several agencies.

Advised an education institution on consumer protection related investigations by an attorney general and the Federal Trade Commission.

Represented a nonprofit university in a FCA lawsuit against it and its distance education service provider alleging violation of the Higher Education Act incentive payment rule.

Advised many leading universities on board, faculty, administrative staff, and student governance practices and policies.

Served as transaction and education regulatory counsel in an affiliation between a nonprofit university and a nonprofit health professions school for a pathway program and other initiatives.

Serviced as transaction and education regulatory counsel for the buyer of a health professions school.

Served as education regulatory counsel in an affiliation between, and subsequent merger of, two nonprofit higher education institutions.

Advised mandated lead arrangers on the US$360m take-private of a British company with schools throughout Asia by a global private equity firm.

Advised colleges and universities on, and negotiated, contracts with third parties providing support services for distance education programs.

Advised numerous institutions on responses to adverse accreditation actions.

Advised non-U.S. institutions on compliance with U.S. federal student financial aid requirements.

Represented higher education institutions and associations in proceedings before the NLRB concerning its jurisdiction over religious-affiliated institutions.

Education regulatory counsel to the target in an acquisition of an education company that provides alternative programs for students with behavioral, emotional, and academic issues.

Hogan Lovells Publications

U.S. Department of Education provides guidance on implementation of 2016 "borrower defense to repayment" regulations Education Alert

On 15 March 2019 the U.S. Department of Education (ED) issued an Electronic Announcement to provide guidance to colleges and universities about selected provisions contained in final...

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Beyond FERPA: The California Consumer Privacy Act's new rules for privacy in the education sector Education Alert

In June of 2018, California passed the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which seeks to give consumers additional safeguards regarding their personal information. The CCPA will become ...

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Spring brings promises of change in federal higher education policy Education Alert

Like the cherry blossoms now emerging in Washington, D.C., there are signs that after recent years rife with partisan congressional gridlock, 2019 may bring changes to the Higher Education...

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Sponsorships and Speaking Engagements

Is Higher Education at a Tipping Point?

Elizabeth Meers will be on the panel of speakers for the discussion answering the question "Is Higher Education at a Tipping Point?" on 26 March at the National Press Club.

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Launch event of ILFA/NBA-SBL Legal Excellence Academy

Hogan Lovells is one of the sponsors of the ILFA/NBA-SBL Banking and Finance Legal Excellence Academy that will take place in Lagos from 25 to 27 March, hosted by the Nigerian Bar...

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