Greg Ferenbach

Greg Ferenbach

Washington, D.C.

Email greg.ferenbach@​

Phone +1 202 637 6457

Fax +1 202 637 5910

Practice groupGlobal Regulatory

Greg Ferenbach advises clients on education law matters at the federal and state levels with an emphasis on new ventures and online learning.

Greg also assists clients with major transactions in the education field both in the United States and abroad. Greg is particularly well known regarding state licensing matters and the regulatory challenges facing "ed tech" companies, having represented numerous coding schools, online program management companies, and other ed tech service companies.

Greg offers clients operational and practical experience as a former general counsel at a public company and at a major nonprofit organization. Greg is also a recognized authority in education law, a field he has focused on for almost 20 years. Greg's broad background and experience allows his practice to span many areas important to education clients including mergers and acquisitions, government relations, institutional governance, administrative law, accreditation and licensing, 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, Greg 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

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

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.*

Serves as regulatory counsel to 2U Inc. in distance learning projects, acquisitions, and public offering of stock.

Advised on the merger and integration of two well-regarded for-profit universities.

Advises on the expansion of one of the first Massive Open Online Courses (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 a complex joint venture with a traditional university.

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

Acted as regulatory counsel to Empowered Careers, a joint venture with University of California, Los Angeles 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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