Martin Teckler is one of the few attorneys in the country experienced in the programs of the Small Business Administration (SBA) and other federal agencies that provide capital to small businesses. In addition to the SBA, Martin has navigated his clients through the small business programs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, OPIC and the Export-Import Bank, as well as areas of government contracting and the provision of set-asides to small and minority-owned businesses.
With an extensive practice in the areas of general corporate law, real estate, administrative law, securities and venture capital, Martin’s principal areas of practice include the representation of venture capital and private equity funds structured as Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs) and the representation of specialty lenders that make financial assistance available to small and mid-sized businesses. In his third decade of private practice, Martin has advised literally hundreds of small businesses and a myriad of major lending institutions and private equity and venture capital funds.
Prior to joining Kelley Drye, Martin served as deputy general counsel for the U.S. Small Business Administration between 1984 and 1997. In that capacity, he was senior counsel for the SBA’s Business Lending, Small Business Investment Company (Venture Capital and Private Equity) and Development Company Programs. This work involved the preparation of significant securities transactions and interaction with sources of lending and venture capital for small businesses. Martin’s experience at the SBA has allowed him firsthand perspective and a multidimensional understanding of what is needed to successfully close numerous SBA-related transactions.
Notably, Martin’s in-depth knowledge of the funding sources and programs in which his clients are most interested is second to none. However, it is Martin’s negotiation skills that both business owners and lenders appreciate most. Martin consistently provides the requisite ability to analyze the interests and position of each party in a negotiation. Diligent and ever-prepared, Martin takes the time upfront to understand the often specific goals of his clients and potential outcomes for the negotiation.
Martin’s veteran communication and listening abilities often result in finding productive compromise and resolution for his client. Even in the most difficult negotiations, Martin is known for remaining calm and focused in order to achieve the right outcome for his client. A true problem-solver, Martin’s ability to establish immediate trust and act decisively often results in whether or not the deal will close.
Martin is a frequent speaker on SBIC, Certified Development Company and Small Business Lending Fund matters. He participates in, and has presented before, the Small Business Investor Alliance and the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders.
Formation and licensing of multiple Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs), including the structuring of fund entities, representation of principal groups before the Small Business Administration (SBA), resolution of investor issues, obtaining leverage from SBA, and resolving regulatory matters on behalf of licensed SBICs.
Structuring multiple venture capital and private equity investments by SBICs and other funds in a manner that complies with applicable SBA regulations.
Formation and structuring of non-SBIC venture capital and private equity funds.
Representing multiple lending institutions in obtaining authority to make SBA and U.S. Department of Agriculture guaranteed loans.
Representation of multiple issuers, acquirers and broker-dealers, in secondary market and securitization transactions involving government-guaranteed loans.
Washington, D.C. Bar Association