A Brief Chat With… Selena Wu
April means it’s Selena’s turn to take on the Q&A. Selena Wu is an analyst at Assay based in our London office, she has now been with Assay for just over 2 years.
Tell us about what you are currently working on.
We’ve just agreed a final offer for a client who is selling their business, which is a rewarding step to take, both for ourselves and our clients. I’m also taking a healthcare services company out to market at the moment and gearing up to start working on a fundraising for a medical device company.
What deal are you most proud of?
On the first deal I ever worked on, our client fell very ill during the process. We provided support to ensure the deal carried on moving as quickly as possible and with little disruption to the client. We managed to complete the deal within a month of agreeing head of terms.
Do you have an industry focus or speciality?
Whilst at Assay, I’ve worked with clients from all different industries, however my previous career was in the fashion industry, so I am drawn towards that sector and other consumer businesses.
What non work related achievement are you most proud of?
I was one of the organisers of a fashion film festival, “Fashion Cinematic”, at the Picturehouse Central in Piccadilly Circus which looked at the intersection of film, fashion and branded content. The event sold out and we also put on a crazy afterparty at the W Hotel where much free alcohol was consumed. We managed to pull this together in the space of 3 months and no budget.
What’s the first thing you would do if you won the lottery tomorrow?
Buy a lot of very expensive designer clothing, a lot of new wardrobes to put them in and a new house so they can all go in the same place. In that order.
Who would you say is your hero?
I don’t have a hero, but there are a number of people I admire who have made an incredible positive impact on the world. One is Norman Borlaug, who’s work on high yielding varieties of cereals in the 1960’s, lead to doubling of wheat yields in Mexico and South Asia. This helped countries achieve food security and his work is estimated to have help prevent a billion people from starvation.
What’s the worst job you have ever done?
I’ve always liked the work I do, but I have had some terrible bosses. I had one who liked to have one-on-ones with his staff, which he used to spread rumours about employees he didn’t like.
What is your favourite food or restaurant?
My favourite food changes a lot, but recently it’s pasta. I’ve had to remove gluten from my diet for medical reasons, so I really miss pasta now.
When you are not at Assay what do you like to do to relax?
I sleep a lot, I play video games a lot and I attempt to brush up on fashion related skills and make clothes in the very small amount of time left.
Any plans for the summer?
It’s my birthday in July, so I’m planning on going to the French Riviera with some friends and eating in a lot of restaurants there.
Tell us something about yourself that people would be surprised about.
I worked on a lot of student radio whilst at university. I used to host shows, where I’d play an eclectic mix of new indie bands I’d discovered and K-pop.