John McCay

Partner - Corporate and Commercial

John is an experienced corporate and commercial, and public sector lawyer.

He has extensive experience in corporate, commercial law and public law, with a particular emphasis on the infrastructure, technology, gaming, sports, film and entertainment and arts and culture sectors.

John undertakes a broad range of legal work with a particular 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

We are the lead external legal advisor to the New Zealand Film Commission, the leading investor in New Zealand Films, acting 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.

Admitted

  • New Zealand (1990)

Qualifications

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

Affiliations

  • Trustee Wellington Arts Foundation
  • Trustee Limbs4all Trust

Specialisations

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

Awards

  • Recognised by Best Lawyers for Entertainment Law, Information Technology Law, Media Law, Sports Law
  • Ranked as a leading Technology Media and Telecommunications lawyer by Chambers Asia Pacific
  • Ranked as a leading TMT lawyer, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific

John McCay

Office
Wellington
Phone
+64 4 498 5135
Mobile
+64 21 606 171
Email
john.mccay@minterellison.co.nz
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