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Pillar Legal has served as one of our key outside counsel for China matters since 2009, representing EA in connection with numerous game license agreements and strategic partnerships. The Pillar Legal attorneys have a deep understanding of China’s regulatory environment along with the concerns of international companies, which they use to help find practical solutions to the challenges of doing business in China. We are glad to have them on our team.
Greg served as the first general counsel of Shanda, helping to complete our IPO and Nasdaq listing along with numerous acquisitions and key licensing agreements. In addition, Greg led our legal team in winning a key litigation relating to our core product. Greg and I have always spoken to one another in Mandarin, and over the years he has used his understanding of both China and the U.S. to help guide us through many international legal matters. I have confidence in his judgement and value his advice.
Greg's unique experience with and knowledge of China-specific game industry contracts, negotiation strategies, and business practices were essential in the formation and ongoing operation of Spicy Horse's Shanghai development studio. His thoughtful approach to costs, near round-the-clock accessibility and proven expertise have earned my complete trust and hearty endorsement.
I cannot say enough good things about Greg and the Pillar Legal team. They are bi-coastal (San Francisco - Shanghai), bilingual and bicultural. I’ve done over 40 venture deals with Greg over the last 8 years on the investment, sell and buy side, and I often highly recommend that our portfolio companies utilize Pillar Legal for their legal needs.
I worked with Pillar Legal for several years as the CEO of Mixamo (acquired by Adobe Systems). With Pillar Legal we negotiated some of the business’ key licensing agreements with large public companies who were often represented by much larger law firms. Pillar Legal’s deep knowledge of the software licensing space and unique responsiveness and adaptability made it possible for us to close many important deals in a very timely and cost-effective way. As a business owner it makes a big difference when you know you can trust the work of your attorneys.
Greg is one of the best legal professionals we have worked with. His analytical ability and years of experience in the video game industry enables him to provide thoughtful, thorough, and creative legal advice. He listens carefully to client questions and he responds quickly and clearly with analysis and advice aimed directly at the issue. Greg understands our business needs and is a valuable advisor to Perfect World.
Greg is one of only a few lawyers who have in-depth knowledge and experience in connection with the video game industry in China and in the U.S. I have had the pleasure of working with Greg in connection with negotiating multiple online game licenses with major players in the U.S. and South Korea to localize and publish their games in China. Greg understood the technical aspects of games and was able to guide us through certain challenging contract provisions to maximize protections for us.
Greg Pilarowski is the best sparring partner one can have when doing business in China. Greg is an excellent lawyer and a very pleasant human being, he masters bilingual and dual cultural (Chinese – English) negotiations, and Greg has an extraordinary insight into the Chinese Games and Entertainment industry. Greg has finalized publishing agreements for me and guided my actions while I headed Eidos Shanghai, and he has beautifully educated our staff and sub-contractors in the importance of IP protection.
We established a monthly retainer relationship with Pillar Legal and they handled all of our licensing deals and other ongoing contractual matters, establishing form agreements with a library of clause options and our ‘playbook’ for handling different situations. We loved their work, especially their help with establishing good procedures and practices for a fast moving company without a dedicated in-house lawyer. We were so pleased that we ended up hiring them for M&A deals and other larger projects outside of the monthly retainer arrangements.