Laca Wong-Hammond is a managing director in the firm’s Corporate Finance M&A Practice, specializing in real estate transactions. Laca has closed more than $10 billion of real estate transactions 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 Area Development, Becker’s Hospital Review, Globe St.com, Healthcare Financial Management (HFMA), MergerMarket 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, 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 2016 Top Woman in Retail Real Estate, and in 2012 as a Woman of Influence for her work as the leader of real estate in the healthcare investment banking group. NAAAP named Laca as one of the most influential APIA New Yorkers in 2013. Laca is a member of ACG, BOMA, HFMA, Women Leading Healthcare (WBL), and was previously a Trustee of the Board of Chen Dance Center, a not-for-profit performing arts school, theatre and dance company in New York. 

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