Greg Ferenbach advises clients on education law matters at the federal and state levels with an emphasis on online learning. He also assists clients with transactions and developing new ventures in the education field both here and abroad. He is particularly well-known regarding state licensing matters and the regulatory challenges facing "ed tech" companies.

Greg offers clients operational and practical experience as a former general counsel at a public company and at a major nonprofit organization. He is also a recognized authority in education law. His knowledge includes varied sectors of the education market, such as alternative education providers, online program management companies, K-12, and international matters. Greg's broad background and experience allows his practice to span many areas important to education clients including government relations, institutional governance, administrative law, accreditation and licensing, M&A, corporate law, and intellectual property law.

Greg was senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Strayer Education, Inc. (NASDAQ) and Strayer University, Inc. Prior to joining Strayer, he was senior vice president and general counsel to the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

Awards and recognitions


Education Law
The Best Lawyers in America

Education and admissions


J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1986

B.A. History, Yale University, cum laude, with Distinction, 1981

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia

Maryland (inactive)

Representative experience

Advised Apollo Global Management and The Vistria Group in their US$1.1bn acquisition of Apollo Education Group, the parent company of numerous schools worldwide.*

Acted as counsel to numerous top-tier universities in connection with state authorization, professional licensure, and international licensing requirements for online programs.*

Regulatory counsel to 2U Inc. in distance learning projects, acquisitions, and an initial public offering of stock.*

Advised on the formation of one of the first Massively Online Open Course (MOOC) systems.*

Counseled the University of Queensland (Australia) in the restructuring of U.S. activities to address U.S. regulatory changes.*

Acted as regulatory counsel to Nord Anglia in the acquisition of U.S. assets of Meritas, an international operator of private secondary schools.*

Represented an online program management company in structuring complex joint venture with a traditional university.*

Represented Navitas Limited (Australia) in connection with the purchase of the SAE Institutes, an audio engineering school.*

Acted as regulatory counsel to Empowered Careers, a joint venture with UCLA Extension, later sold to Qualcomm.*

Acted as special counsel to the Commonwealth of Virginia for online learning projects.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

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