This study aims at the further expansion of knowledge on the antimicrobial activities of the tetramic acid moiety and the effect of metal complexation. Complexes of the N-acetyl-3-acetyl-5-benzylidenetetramic acid with Mn, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn and Cd were synthesized and screened against 5 key ESKAPE pathogens (Escherichia coli, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Klebsiella pneumoniae, Acinetobacter baumannii and Pseudomonas aeruginosa) and 2 fungi (Cryptococcus neoformans and Candida albicans). The cadmium complex was found to effectively inhibit the fungus Cryptococcus neoformans with minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of 8 μg/mL, with no human cell toxicity and hemolytic activity within the tested concentration range. The biologically active tetramic acid‑cadmium complex was structurally characterized by single-crystal X-ray analysis. Furthermore, the thermal stability of the ligand and the complexes was investigated along with NMR and EPR studies of the Cd(II) and Co(II) complexes respectively.