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S. Benton Cantey V


Benton Cantey represents a variety of publicly traded and privately held corporate clients in complex mergers and acquisitions, including negotiated acquisitions and divestitures, controlled auctions, strategic alliances, and joint ventures. Mr. Cantey also assists clients with public financing through the issuance of debt and equity securities. Additionally, he regularly advises clients regarding various aspects of corporate and securities laws, including SEC compliance and corporate governance matters.

Mr. Cantey has been voted by Texas Monthly Super Lawyers as one of the "Texas Rising Stars" in the area of Mergers & Acquisitions, as published in Texas Monthly and Law & Politics magazines. Additionally, Mr. Cantey was recognized as a "Top Attorney" in Corporate Finance / Mergers & Acquisitions by Fort Worth, Texas magazine,  was named a "Power Attorney" by the Fort Worth Business Press, as well a "40 Under 40" honoree by the Fort Worth Business Press. Mr. Cantey has also been named a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and has served as an adjunct professor of business law at Texas Christian University.

Experience and highlights


  • Represented a pharmaceutical software company in connection with its $41,000,000 sale to a private equity fund
  • Represented AZZ incorporated (NYSE) in connection with its $126,000,000 tender offer acquisition of North American Galvanizing & Coatings, Inc. (NASDAQ)
  • Represented a NYSE public company in connection with its private placement of $125,000,000 of notes
  • Represented AMR Corporation, parent company of American Airlines, Inc., in connection with its $480,000,000 sale of its wholly-owned subsidiary, American Beacon Advisors, Inc. to TPG Capital and Pharos Capital
  • Represented a NYSE public oil and gas company in connection with a $1 billion public offering of Senior Notes
  • Represented NYSE public company in connection with four Canadian acquisitions
  • Represented a NYSE public company in connection with a $275,000,000 acquisition with operations in the U.S., Netherlands, Canada, Poland and Brazil.
  • Represented a drilling fluids company in connection with its $51,000,000 sale to a public company
  • Represented Texas Wesleyan University in connection with the sale of its law school to Texas A&M University
  • Represented a NYSE public company in connection with its $80,000,000 acquisition of a nuclear services company
  • Represented a private equity firm in connection with the formation of a $150,000,000 real estate private equity fund
  • Represented a NYSE public electrical and industrial products company in connection with its $85,000,000 asset acquisition of six galvanizing plants
  • Represented a laundry company in connection with its $116,000,000 sale to a public company
  • Represented an electronic component distributor in its sale to Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.
  • Represented oil field services company and its shareholders in connection with a substantial equity investment by a private equity fund and concurrent bank financings related thereto and with its subsequent numerous acquisitions and refinancings ranging from $40 million to $100 million
Affiliations and honors
  • Leadership Fort Worth
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Auburn University Football Lettermen Club
  • Selected as a "Top Attorney" by Fort Worth, Texas magazine, 2013
  • Recognized as a "Texas Rising Star" by Super Lawyers, 2014
  • Georgetown University Law Center (LLM. in Securities and Financial Regulation, with Distinction)
  • The University of Tulsa, J.D. with highest honors
  • Texas Tech University, M.B.A.
  • Auburn University, B.A.

State Bar of Texas

Mr. Cantey represented a NYSE public company in its acquisition of Nuclear Logistics Incorporated.