Ben Smith
Associate

I have negotiated transactions opposite big firms, solo practitioners and everything in between, and I have found that by conveying reasonable expectations early on in the process, I am able to keep transactions focused on the important issues, which results in our client protecting and maximizing their interests in the most economical manner.

Ben Smith is a general corporate and transactional lawyer dedicated to helping clients resolve day-to-day issues and navigate challenging business deals and problems. His practice is primarily focused on the negotiation and structuring of mergers and acquisitions, a variety of commercial agreements, private equity offerings, and asset and stock sales. Ben works with clients in several industry sectors, ranging from manufacturing, distribution and steel fabrication to oil and gas, restaurant franchising, healthcare and private aviation.

In addition, Ben serves as outside general counsel for certain clients on a wide range of business matters, including entity formation and structuring, corporate governance and formalities, and the development of effective ways to streamline high-volume commercial contract processing.

Ben is a graduate of Baylor University and the University of Houston Law Center, where he received the American Jurisprudence (AmJur) Award for the highest grade in two legal writing classes.

Representative Experience
  • Represented a Houston-based cloud transformation technology services company with operations in the US and India in its sale to a Silicon Valley-based IT service management company.
  • Represented medical device company in sale of equity to NASDAQ company.
  • Represented a commercial steel erector and fabrication company in sale of equity with rollover equity component to private equity group.
  • Represented insurance brokerage company in recapitalization by private equity fund.
  • Represented provider of laboratory testing services for oil and gas wells, produced fluids and production and completion chemicals in $15 million recapitalization and investment by a private equity fund.
  • Represented valet parking and self-parking company in sale of equity to strategic buyer.
  • Represented oil and gas company in the contribution and sale of equity in maquiladora.
  • Represented Tellurian Investments Inc. in a merger with Magellan Petroleum Corporation.
  • Represented two commercial laundry equipment vendors in sale of assets to NYSE company.
  • Represented agents, lenders and borrowers in oil and gas reserve-based financings, including acquisition financings and financings secured by both onshore and offshore properties.
  • Represented commercial building contractor in asset sale to employee.
  • Represented six limited partnerships holding mineral interests in merger with public company.
  • Represented numerous entrepreneurs in the formation of new ventures, from single-member LLCs to complex partnerships.
  • Represented numerous privately held companies in acquisitions by private equity funds and strategic buyers.
Organizational Involvement

Professional Activities, Memberships & Affiliations

  • University of Houston Law Center Young Alumni Committee
  • Houston Bar Association
    • Mergers and Acquisitions Section
  • State Bar of Texas
    • Business Law Section

Community Activities, Memberships & Affiliations

  • Grace Bible Church
Education
  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center (2013)
  • B.S., Environmental Science, Baylor University (2010)
Bar Admission
  • Texas (2013)
When I Feel Most At Home
  • Quality time with my wife, Hannah, and our two Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Quimby and Eleanor
  • Playing golf with my group at Champions Golf Club
  • Watching Baylor University football