John McCay > MinterEllisonRuddWatts > Wellington, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

New Zealand

Work Department

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.

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

John was admitted to the Bar in New Zealand in 1990.

Board Member, New Zealand on Air

Board Member, New Zealand Film Commission




LLB (Hons), BCA, Victoria University of Wellington (1989)

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > TMT

(Leading individuals)

John McCayMinterEllisonRuddWatts

MinterEllisonRuddWatts operates across the full spectrum of TMT, with notable sector expertise in media, energy and utilities, public sector, healthcare and financial services. Tom Maasland spearheads the team and is a key figure for major technology procurement and transformation mandates. His recent work includes assisting Soul Machines, a world-leader in AI innovation on all aspects of establishing a relationship with the World Health Organisation, and in particular the creation and ‘go-live’ of Florence, an AI ‘digital health worker’. Also of note are Jane Parker and Sonya Forbes for contractual and procurement arrangements, cloud-based services and licensing; Ross Patterson for telecoms regulation and competition matters;  John McCay for his expertise in media and entertainment; and senior associate Kate Cruickshank

New Zealand > Intellectual property

MinterEllisonRuddWatts‘ ‘knowledgeable, responsive and client centric’ IP group is led by Christopher Young QC who advises leading New Zealand and international clients in media, sports, retail and technology sectors. The practice is highly regarded for its experience in IP litigation, trade mark registrations and portfolio management. Young and corporate lawyer Richard Wells also handle the commercialisation of IP assets, such as licensing and on IP aspects of significant corporate transactions. Wellington based John McCay stands out for his knowledge of the New Zealand film industry.