Special Report – Calvin Chui

What better way to celebrate Macau Business’s 17th anniversary than to showcase 17 locals aged 35 and younger with the kind of talent that boosts our confidence in the future?

MB May 2021 Special Report | 17 talented young people

At 29, he was made partner in one of Macau’s main law firms. At the same time, he has been proactively involved in a number of local associations, following in a family tradition of community engagement.

Calvin Chui carries the weight of one of Macau‘s most traditional and prominent families on his shoulders: he is the son of lawmaker Chui Sai Peng and grandson of the late businessman and benefactor Chui Tak Kei, a leader of the local Chinese community in the second half of the 20th century. He is also former Chief Executive Chui Sai On’s nephew.

That being said, it’s important to point out that Calvin Chui, just 29 years old, has achieved a great deal on his own. One might say he’s handled his family background with skill and has already made a name for himself.

His study of law began after graduating from secondary school in California.

He is the family’s first lawyer and, when the time came to choose a university, he opted to study in Portugal. He had to learn Portuguese from scratch, a way also to honour his grandfather, Chui Tak Kei, who was a distinguished Portuguese speaker and a highly respected figure in the local Portuguese community.

Upon graduating he returned to the United States to pursue his master’s degree at the University of Chicago Law School, but not before enrolling in a summer course at Cambridge.

Having finishing his academic career, and after securing membership in the New York State Bar, he returned to Macau to practice law. The firm of Rato, Ling, Lei & Cortés (LekTou) has been his home since 2015, where he worked first as a Jurist, then as trainee-lawyer and finally licensed Macau lawyer in 2020. Last March he was promoted to partner.

He also enjoys teaching law and has already had the opportunity to do so as a lecturer at both the University of Macau and the City University of Macau.

In addition to his connection to law, Calvin has involved himself in the local public sector through associations.

Now he is a Director of the Macau Financial Law Association, but, while still in University, he founded the Macau Youth Summit, an organization to which he remains attached, as President, having been appointed a member of the local Youth Council by the former Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture.

He was also founding president of the Executive Committee of the Luso-Macanese Students Association and vice-president of the Portugal–China Young Entrepreneurs Association, having also been part of the Association of Youth Ambassadors for the Disclosure of the Basic Law of Macau.

At 30, with this already solid background in professional and civic participation, is it time for politics? To this oft-asked question, Calvin Tinlop Chui replies that is not his ambition. Rather his focus remains on continued societal intervention in his current roles.

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