Martin Klepper

Martin Klepper

Executive Director

USDOT Build America Bureau

Marty Klepper joins the USDOT Build America Bureau (Bureau) as the first Executive Director. The Build America Bureau enables project sponsors and investors to access a one-stop shop to help develop projects and provide financing in a single, streamlined, effective, and comprehensive manner. The Bureau utilizes the full resources of all of the modes within USDOT and promotes a culture of innovation and customer service.  There is now a single entity in charge of USDOT credit programs, loan guarantees, and lines of credit to support the purchase of transportation equipment and construction of large-scale and multimodal transportation projects and infrastructure. The Bureau also promotes public private partnerships (P3s) and helps state and local governments develop and finance P3 transactions for transportation facilities.

Prior to joining the Bureau, Mr. Klepper served as a senior partner in the Energy and Infrastructure Projects Group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, where he was  known for developing, financing, acquiring and selling transportation, energy, and other large infrastructure projects in the United States and abroad. Over his career, he has closed more than 100 major transactions totaling more than $20 billion. Klepper has worked with both federal and state governments on energy and infrastructure financing matters, as well as with banks, underwriters, equity investors, multilateral lenders, and export credit agencies in various capacities. Before joining the Build America Bureau, Klepper represented the Department of Transportation in financing a number of large projects, including TIFIA’s $2 billion financing for the expansion of the Washington Metro to Dulles Airport. He also has handled major transactions related to privatizations and restructurings within the electric and gas industry, and has extensive experience in financing sports stadiums, arenas and teams including FedEx Field and Verizon Center in Washington and the Detroit Tigers Stadium.

Mr. Klepper received Renewable Energy World’s Leadership in Finance Award at the 2012 Excellence in Renewable Energy Awards for having “emerged as a preeminent force in renewable energy” and having “led landmark solar merger and acquisition and financing deals that totaled more than $7 billion” in 2011. In 2012, Law360 named him as one of its “Project Finance MVPs” as well as a member of its Energy Editorial Advisory Board. Mr. Klepper also was named Best Lawyers’ 2011 Project Finance Lawyer of the Year for Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.

Klepper often serves as a guest speaker, chairman of programs and lecturer on energy and project financing at conferences across the country. He repeatedly has been selected for inclusion in Chambers Global (Band 1), Chambers USA, Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Project Finance Lawyers, IFLR1000 and The Best Lawyers in America.

Klepper received a law degree from Rutgers School of Law and received his bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Before starting law school, he worked as a banker at a global financial institution.


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