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Senior Financial Legal Counsel
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Senior Financial Legal Counsel

Are you an experienced Senior Legal Counsel with a background in financial law, equipped with expertise in financial regulatory matters? Are you excited about the opportunity to offer guidance concerning our company's role as a holding entity for our active business units in the US, Europe, and APAC, which are engaged in trading and technology? Do you possess an entrepreneurial spirit, a keen analytical mindset, adaptability, and a strong drive for achieving results, even in high-pressure situations? If so, you may be the ideal candidate we're looking for!


Optiver is a tech-driven trading firm and leading global market maker. As one of the oldest market making institutions, we are a trusted partner of 50+ exchanges across the globe. Our mission is to constantly improve the market by injecting liquidity, providing accurate pricing, increasing transparency and acting as a stabilising force no matter the market conditions. With a focus on continuous improvement, we participate in the safeguarding of healthy and efficient markets for everyone who participates.

Our Amsterdam office is where it all began. Since our founding in 1986, Optiver’s Amsterdam office has developed into one of the most dynamic and exciting trading floors in Europe. Our culture reflects the Dutch capital city’s progressive, innovative and inclusive nature. With its unique spirit, Amsterdam is the ideal hub for our teams to trade a wide range of products, from listed derivatives to cash equities, ETFs, bonds and foreign exchange.


As a valued member of Optiver Holding's Group Legal team, you will report directly to the Group Head of Legal and collaborate closely with various departments within Optiver Holding, including Group Compliance, Group Finance, Group Risk, and Group Tax. Additionally, you will maintain strong connections with Legal teams worldwide and engage with pertinent departments within local business units.

Our Group Legal team currently comprises the Group Head of Legal, the Manager Shareholder Affairs, two (senior) Legal Counsels, and a Paralegal, collectively addressing a wide spectrum of legal topics.

In the role of Senior Financial Legal Counsel, your primary responsibilities will encompass providing legal counsel on all pertinent legal aspects related to the roles and activities of Optiver Holding, as well as those impacting the global scope of the Optiver Group. Initially, your focus will be on:

  • Offering guidance on financial law matters concerning Optiver Holding, including but not limited to the Dutch Financial Supervision Act (Wft), Investment Firm Directive (IFD), Investment Firm Regulation (IFR), and associated global regulations.
  • Advising on regulatory issues relevant to the Optiver Group and its worldwide operations.
  • Monitoring and aiding in the implementation of changes in rules and regulations pertinent to Optiver Holding and the Optiver Group as a whole.
  • Reviewing, drafting, and negotiating various types of (global) contracts and related documents.
  • Assisting the Group Legal team in other corporate law or employment law matters as required.


Optiver needs our next Senior Financial Counsel to be someone with:

    • An academic degree in Dutch or European Law.
    • A minimum of 8 years of relevant work experience, preferably with a background in an international law firm and expertise in financial law.
    • A versatile, detail-focused, practical, proactive, assertive, and results-oriented individual with a strong entrepreneurial mindset.
    • Exceptional ability to translate business needs into legal solutions.
    • Proficiency in drafting and negotiating contracts of the highest quality.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
    • A collaborative team player with a good sense of humour.


The chance to start your career working alongside best-in-class professionals from over 40 different countries.

Alongside this you will get great secondary benefits such as 25 paid vacation days (30 after the first year), fully paid first-class commuting expenses, training opportunities, discounts on health insurance, breakfast and lunch facilities, sports and leisure activities, Friday afternoon drinks and even weekly in-house chair massages. Being highly international, we are accustomed to guiding expats through their relocation, offering competitive relocation packages and providing visa sponsorship where necessary.


Are you interested in furthering your career on one of the most dynamic and exciting trading floors in Europe?

Apply directly via the form below for the position of Senior Financial Legal Counsel. Please provide us with a CV and letter of motivation in English. Applications without a letter of motivation will not be reviewed. When we think there is a potential match, you will hear from us sooner than you expect. If you have any questions feel free to contact our Recruiter Juliano Molossi via Please note, we cannot accept applications via email for data protection reasons. 

Kindly note that we do not require any assistance from third-parties including agencies in the recruitment of this role. 


As an intentionally flat organisation, we believe that great ideas and impact can come from everyone. We are passionate about empowering individuals and creating diverse teams that thrive. Every person at Optiver should feel included, valued and respected, because we believe our best work is done together.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is hardwired through every stage of our hiring process. We encourage applications from candidates from any and all backgrounds, and we welcome requests for reasonable accommodations during the process to ensure that you can best demonstrate your abilities.


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