Werk Crush Wednesday: Belinda Kintu

This week we chat with Belinda Kintu, a banking and finance lawyer who is also a fashion blogger- check out her blog The Black Diamond Series.

Tell Us...

 Your qualifications: BCom Law LLB from the University of Pretoria.

Your practice areas: Banking and Finance specializing in Project and Resource Financing.

The reaction when people find out you are a lawyer:  “So if I get arrested for drunken driving I should call you?” the latest one is “You must have an incredible ability to retain knowledge.”

 A major move in the last 5 yearsLeaving practice to go in-house at an investment bank.

Why you chose to study lawIt looked cool on TV!

Something you wish you could change about legal practice: The pressure placed on women to choose either their career or families. When a woman decides to have a family the presumption is that her practice will die, if she chooses not to have a family she is condemned. There needs to be more compassion in the industry for whatever choices a woman makes.  

The value of the largest transaction you worked on: R6 Billion coal based energy project

How do you network: At industry events like the Legal Marketing Association conferences as well as the energy related events

 A beauty staple and closet item you can't live without: A brow pencil… I am nothing without my eyebrows. I also swear by a great pair of heels and Converse All Stars.

Describe your Werk style: My style is very feminine and flirty, I love bold prints and I live for cut outs and the rest of the time I live in yoga pants.

 When stressed or overwhelmed, what do you do to refocus: I practice yoga and if I can’t get to a yoga class I step away from the situation by taking a quick five minute walk to clear my thoughts.

 A time you made a mistake at work and how you bounced back: On one of my transactions I made a call around the appointment of an external resource based on our internal policy guidelines and this rubbed my business stakeholders up the wrong way as they felt excluded in the process. I stuck to my guns and defended my decision for as long as I could before I was dragged before my business stakeholders and forced to apologize to them. From that I learned that in as much as its important to hold your ground its also critical to look at the bigger picture in order facilitate rather than frustrate the process/transaction.

 A physical or spiritual practice you have adopted: Morning meditations, affirmations and prayer. I also try to drink hot water with lemon first thing in the morning to kickstart my metabolism.

 If not law, what would you be doing: Something creative like interior design or magazine editing.

Bad recommendations or assumptions about law that you often hear: People assume lawyers know every single area of law and ask me all sorts of questions about divorce law and criminal law.

 The best or most worthwhile investment you have ever made: Buying my very first home two years ago

 Major goal for the next 5 years: To be considered an industry leader in which ever sphere I will be in then.

You can say hi to Belinda on Instagram @ladybellediamant | LinkedIn: Belinda Kintu


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