Rui Jose da Cunha is the founding partner at C&C. Currently he is in charge of managing the firm and of supervising major projects, liaising with clients when necessary. He also acts as a legal consultant and is a member of various corporate bodies in many prominent companies in Macau and in Portugal, and belongs to several associations of social and community nature.
He received his undergraduate law degree from the University of Lisbon in 1965 and went onto pursue a career as a magistrate for the Public Prosecutor's Office in Portugal, Mozambique and Timor until 1971. In Angola he served as a High Court Judge, namely in one of the Criminal Courts in Luanda, and then back in Portugal he was a judge in Mafra. Between 1976 and 1981, he was a Judge-auditor for the Portuguese Army's Court in Lisbon and was officially praised by the Government of Portugal.
In September 1981, he established his own legal practice in Macau, then still a Portuguese-administrated territory, where he represented several high-profile clients and advised them on many pioneering projects. After 15 years, he was one of the founding partners of C&C in 1996 and has worked in a broad range of legal matters in a variety of industry sectors since then. He was admitted as a civil law notary in 1991.
He helped create the Macau Bar Association in 1991 and served once as the Chairman of the General Assembly of the Bar and chaired the Superior Council of Macau Lawyers. More recently, he has been serving as the President of the Audit Committee of the Bar. He is also a member of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA) and the International Trademark Association (INTA).