Laca Wong-Hammond is a managing director in the firm’s Corporate Finance M&A Practice, specializing in real estate transactions. Laca has more than 15 years of real estate transactions advisory experience including acquisition and divestiture of assets, sale/leasebacks, developer selection, strategic planning and capital placement of debt and equity across property types. Her clients include owner-operators, developers, not-for-profit organizations, private equity funds and publicly-traded companies. A frequent speaker at industry symposiums, Laca has published thought leadership articles in Becker’s Hospital Review, Globe St.com, Healthcare Financial Management (HFMA) and Real Estate Forum.
Prior to joining Duff & Phelps, Laca was the leader of the healthcare real estate practice at Raymond James and joined through its predecessor companies Shattuck Hammond Partners and Morgan Keegan. She has also held positions at JP Morgan’s real estate and lodging investment banking group, iStar Financial REIT, and at Merrill Lynch. Laca is a FINRA series 7 and 63 representative.
Laca graduated with honors from Cornell University and studied at the London School of Economics and Harvard Law School. She served as Co-Chair (2013-2014), and Co-Vice Chair (2012-2013) of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA International) Medical Office and Healthcare Facilities Committee. She was selected by Real Estate Forum as a 2012 Woman of Influence for her work as the leader of real estate in the healthcare investment banking group, and named one of NAAAP’s most influential APIA New Yorkers in 2013. Laca is a member of Women Leading Healthcare (WBL) and on the Board of Trustees at Chen Dance Center, a not-for-profit performing arts school, theatre and dance company in New York.