COLUMBUS, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Lancaster Pollard, an ORIX Corporation USA company, has announced the hiring of Laca Wong-Hammond as a managing director with its affiliate OREC Securities, LLC, which provides mergers and acquisitions (M&A) services. Wong-Hammond will co-lead business development efforts for the firm’s sell-side and buy-side advisory services to owners and operators of seniors housing and care properties, as well as across the health care and housing continuums.
“We are thrilled to have Laca, a proven industry leader, as part of our team,” said Chad Elliott, also a managing director in the M&A group. “Her impressive experience closing transactions for a wide variety of strategic and financial buyers and investors will substantially contribute to our ability to deliver exceptional results with enhanced certainty of execution for our clients.”
Wong-Hammond has closed over $10 billion of M&A and capital market transactions throughout her career, including acquisition and divestiture of assets, sale/leaseback, and capital placement of debt and equity across property types. Prior to joining Lancaster Pollard, she was a managing director in the corporate finance M&A practice at Duff & Phelps.
“Laca’s industry expertise and reputation as a thought leader, coupled with her exceptional transactional skills, will make her a natural fit with our firm and M&A group,” said Kass Matt, president of Lancaster Pollard. “We look forward to her expertise further bolstering the comprehensive M&A services we currently provide the seniors housing and care sector."
Wong-Hammond was selected by Real Estate Forum as a 2016 Top Woman in Retail Real Estate and has served on a variety of industry boards and committees. Prior to joining Duff & Phelps, she was the head of health care real estate at Raymond James. She graduated from Cornell University and studied at the London School of Economics and Harvard Law School. She will be based in New York.
Lancaster Pollard and its affiliates help health care and senior living providers expand and improve their services by delivering financing solutions and a full range of investment banking, mortgage banking, private equity, balance sheet financing and M&A advisory services. The firm has earned a reputation for delivering sound financial advice and the most cost-effective financing options available in the market. Lancaster Pollard and its affiliates have financed over $22 billion in par-amount since its founding in 1988.
Lancaster Pollard Mortgage Company is a division of ORIX Real Estate Capital, LLC, a Fannie Mae DUS®, MAP- and Lean-approved FHA, and Freddie Mac small balance lender. ORIX Real Estate Capital, LLC is headquartered in Columbus, OH and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ORIX Corporation USA. ORIX Real Estate Capital, LLC has 16 offices nationwide and approximately 330 employees. Securities, Investment Banking and Advisory Services are provided through OREC Securities, LLC, member FINRA/SIPC.