John McCay

Partner - Corporate and Commercial

John is an experienced corporate and commercial, and public sector lawyer. Alongside as his extensive experience in these areas of law, John has a particular focus on the infrastructure, technology, gaming, sports, film and entertainment and arts and culture sectors.

John undertakes a broad range of legal work with an emphasis on corporate governance, commercial contracting and procurement, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, intellectual property, and film and television financing.

Recognised as a leading TMT, entertainment, information technology and sports lawyer, John has been consistently listed by publications such as Asialaw, Chambers Global, Australian Legal Business Guide, The Best Lawyers in New Zealand and Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Technology, Media and Telecommunications Lawyers.

John currently serves as a member of the board of each of New Zealand on Air and New Zealand Film Commission.

Professional background

Recent work

Legal advice on feature film productions

Acting as the lead external legal advisor to the New Zealand Film Commission, the leading investor in New Zealand Films, on all aspects of the NZFC’s involvement in a range of feature film productions, international co-productions and documentaries including Taika Waititi’s “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”, “Mahana” the first feature film in New Zealand to use crowd-funding to secure finance, “25 April” about New Zealand’s involvement in the Gallipoli campaign in World War 1, “Pork Pie” a re-make of the classic New Zealand film “Goodbye Pork Pie” and the Richie McCaw biopic.

“Gallipoli: The Scale of our War” exhibition

Advised Te Papa on the funding and development, in conjunction with Weta Workshop, of the “Gallipoli: The Scale of our War” exhibition, to mark New Zealand’s involvement in the Gallipoli campaign in World War I.


  • 1990, New Zealand


  • LLB (Hons), BCA, Victoria University of Wellington


  • Board Member, New Zealand on Air
  • Board Member, New Zealand Film Commission
  • Trustee Wellington Arts Foundation
  • Trustee Limbs4all Trust


  • Commercial Contracts
  • Corporate Governance
  • Film and Entertainment
  • Infrastructure
  • Intellectual Property
  • Public Law
  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT)


  • Ranked as a leading Technology, Media and Telecoms (TMT) lawyer, Chambers Asia-Pacific
  • Ranked as a Leading Individual – TMT, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
  • Recognised for Entertainment Law, Information Technology Law, Media Law and Sports Law, Best Lawyers

John McCay

+64 4 498 5135
+64 21 606 171