Laca Wong-Hammond is a managing director, head of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) at Lument. She is in charge of business development and management of the firm’s sell-side, buy-side, and strategic advisory services to owners and operators of senior care and seniors housing, as well as across the healthcare, housing, and commercial real estate continuums.
Laca has closed more than $10 billion of M&A and capital market transactions throughout her career, including the acquisition and divestiture of assets, sales/leaseback and capital placement of debt and equity across property types. Laca is also expert in executing creative transactions, including tax-advantaged structures. Her clients include founder-operator, private equity, not-for-profit and publicly-traded companies.
Prior to joining the company, she was a managing director in the corporate finance M&A practice at Duff & Phelps. She was also head of healthcare real estate at Raymond James and worked at Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan and iStar REIT.
Laca was formerly the co-chair of BOMA International’s Medical Office and Healthcare Facilities Committee. She was named one of the GlobeSt. Real Estate Forum’s Woman of Influence (2021), one of the Most Influential APIA New Yorkers (2013) by the NAAAP, one of Real Estate Forum’s “Women of Influence” (2012), and one of the Top Women in Retail Real Estate (2016). Laca is a member of Lument’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) Committee. She was also a former Trustee for Chen Dance Center, a 501(c)(3) performing arts education, theater, and dance company.
Laca earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in communications from Cornell University and earned certifications at the London School of Economics and Harvard Law School. She holds the FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses and is a member of the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA), Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO), and Women Business Leaders (WBL).