Doing business anywhere in the world it is advisable to have a good lawyer close at hand.  In this interview, George Hwang shows that there is more to him then just being a lawyer.


What’s your story?

I started my own firm for various reasons. Mostly from the heart.

Law firms, though commercial concerns, have more than an economic role in society. They should uphold justice.


Lawyers should be able to stand up for anyone against everyone, including the establishments.


Many law firms do not take on cases for “politico-commercial” reasons. One of my practice areas is Entertainment and Media Law. I do not like being told to reject challenging and exciting cases.


What excites you most about your industry?

That we can be agents of change.


What’s your connection to Asia?

Let me see:-


I am born and bred in Singapore. My first job has been in Hong Kong.My mother tongue is Chinese. I speak Mandarin at home.


My mother is Shanghainese. My father is Cantonese. My godparents are Heng Hwa. They are all migrants. They are the reasons why I speak a “rojak” of Chinese dialects.


I used to listen to stories of how my father was carried to school by his nanny in Canton and how he taught himself English.


My maternal grandparents were Shanghainese though they communicated with each other in English. This is hearsay since I have never met them.


My siblings are born in Singapore. And I have been home in Singapore for the last 10 years.

Favourite city in Asia for business and why?

Hong Kong. They make good decisions quickly. There is also a tenacity, the ability to rebound and to reinvent. Most of all, you sense the vibration of Adam Smith’s “invisible hand” walking down Central.


What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?

Smiling causes fewer wrinkles than frowning.


Who inspires you?

My mother. She ran away from her “teacher” at 16 and had a career.


What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?

Not only can I run a company for MNCs, I can also start one. We have just been awarded the “Boutique Entertainment and Media Law Firm of the Year in Singapore” by Corporate INTL.


If you had your time again, what would you do differently?

Master written Chinese and accept the offer to read European Politics at the Science-Po in Strasbourg.


How do you unwind?

A glass of nice wine with a few good friends.


Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?

Seam Reap. I can visit mystical old temples by day and dine in little chic restaurants at night.


Everyone in business should read this book:

Good grief. It is highly immoral to tell people what to do.Besides, I believe in the diversity of ideas and this is how I run my firm.

How can people connect with you?

Be themselves. If one of us does not like the other, at least, we are not wasting the other party’s time.

The interview was part of the Callum Connects column found on The Asian Entrepreneur:


Callum Laing has started, built, bought and sold half a dozen businesses in a range of industries across two continents. He is the owner of Fitness-Buffet a company delivering employee wellness solutions in 11 countries and he is also the CEO of Entrevo Asia, a company that runs 40 week Growth Accelerator programs.


Connect with Callum here:

Get his free ‘Asia Snapshot’ report from

Take the ‘Key Person of Influence’ scorecard <>


Recently Published

Key Takeaway: The double-empathy problem, a concept popular among social scientists, suggests that people with different identities and communication styles struggle to empathize with each other. This theory has gained attention due to its potential to explain why different people in society struggle to empathise, potentially leading to personal and societal problems. However, the double-empathy […]
Key Takeaway: Research indicates that modernization and rapid technological advancements are contributing to contemporary problems such as mental health issues. An evolutionary mismatch theory suggests that our physical and psychological adaptations become misaligned with the environment, leading to issues like tooth decay, obesity, and diabetes. The modern world also presents challenges such as crowded cities, […]

Top Picks

Key Takeaway: Oscar nominees Cillian Murphy and Bradley Cooper are gaining attention for their performances and preparation methods. Murphy lost 20 pounds and practiced fake cigarettes to mimic Oppenheimer’s appearance, while Cooper spent six years training in conducting. Method acting, a psychological approach, is often used to make characters seem more real and believable. However, […]
Key Takeaway: A team of astronomers has identified seven candidates for alien megastructures, known as Dyson spheres, within 1,000 light-years of Earth. These spheres, which consist of floating power collectors, factories, and habitats, would take up more space until they surrounded almost the entire star like a sphere. The seven promising candidates are all “M-dwarfs” […]
Key Takeaway: A recent study found that people tend to underestimate the negative implications of declining an invitation, even when it’s not accepted. People tend to assume others will react poorly when an invitation isn’t accepted, but they’re relatively unaffected when someone turns down an invite they’ve extended. People extending invites are more understanding and […]


I highly recommend reading the McKinsey Global Institute’s new report, “Reskilling China: Transforming The World’s Largest Workforce Into Lifelong Learners”, which focuses on the country’s biggest employment challenge, re-training its workforce and the adoption of practices such as lifelong learning to address the growing digital transformation of its productive fabric. How to transform the country […]

Join our Newsletter

Get our monthly recap with the latest news, articles and resources.


Welcome to Empirics

We are glad you have decided to join our mission of gathering the collective knowledge of Asia!
Join Empirics