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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!


At Optiver, our mission is to 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 play an active role in the safeguarding of healthy and efficient markets for all participants. We tackle the toughest problems, challenge the status quo and always aim for excellence. As one of the largest market making institutions, we are a trusted partner on 70+ exchanges across the globe.

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.

Optiver Holding B.V. is the holding company of the Optiver Group, which oversees the activities of the different business units, deals with all topics relevant to the holding itself and plays an important role in multiple global initiatives.


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) Legal Counsel, your primary responsibilities will encompass providing legal counsel to Optiver Holding on all pertinent legal aspects related to its role and activities, as well as those within the global scope or impact 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.


  • Possession of an academic degree in Dutch or European Law;
  • A minimum of 8 years of pertinent 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 well-developed sense of humor.


  • The chance to work alongside best-in-class professionals from over 40 countries;
  • Great secondary benefits including 25 paid vacation days;
  • Fully paid first-class commuting expenses;
  • Training, mentorship and personal development opportunities;
  • Discounts on health insurance, sports and leisure activities, plus weekly in-house chair massages;
  • Breakfast and lunch facilities;
  • Regular social events, clubs and Friday afternoon drinks;
  • Guided relocation, a competitive relocation package and 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) 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 Lilian van Riel via Please note, we cannot accept applications via email for data protection reasons. 

Please note, if you are selected from your application to proceed to the next round for the position of (Senior) Legal Counsel you may be required to take an online assessment.

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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