Our Professionals

Jacob Hines Director - Licensing

Jacob (Jake) Hines, Director at Ankura (previously Chartwell), brings years of experience in state money transmitter acquisition, statutory license maintenance, and regulatory as well as consumer compliance.

Prior to joining Chartwell, Jacob worked at a rapidly growing cryptocurrency firm, Voyager Digital, where he assisted in licensing acquisition, refining policies and procedures for compliance with applicable regulations, as well as with aiding in various other regulatory compliance functions.

Jacob also worked for three years at Optal Financial, a United Kingdom-based money transmitter that provided business-to-business financial services to the travel industry, where he was responsible for various money transmitter license acquisition and maintenance functions which included managing related corporate and regulatory filings, building and maintaining a registry of all applicable global regulatory reporting obligations. In addition to these responsibilities, he was also responsible for state examination coordination and management, and as the first point of contact for all regulatory communication, Jacob was also tasked with maintaining an amicable relationship with Optal’s US-based regulators.

Jacob started his career at fintech friendly Cross River Bank, where he held a number of roles in the marketplace and consumer lending compliance functions of the bank.

He earned his Juris Doctorate from Rutgers School of Law in 2016, and his Bachelor’s in sociology and communication studies from Saint Peter’s University.

Jacob loves singing and musical theatre, and even co-founded a small after-work theatre group in 2018. When he’s not working or performing, he’s usually enjoying quality time with his husband and their two dogs at home or travelling.