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Senior Legal Counsel

Are you a Senior Legal Counsel with in-depth knowledge of and interest in the financial markets and buyside experience? Are you excited by the prospect of providing advice in relation to our trading and technology driven activities? Would you like to be part of a highly collaborative team working in a fast-paced environment ? Do you think that being an in-house lawyer is about translating business needs into regulatory and legislative compliant solutions? Are you an entrepreneurial, analytical and flexible thinker who is results driven and thrives under pressure? Do you enjoy your work? Then you could be just who we’re looking for!

Who we are:

Optiver is a leading global electronic market maker, focused on pricing, execution and risk management. From our offices in Amsterdam, Chicago, London, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Texas, we provide liquidity to financial markets using our own capital, at our own risk, trading a wide range of products: from listed derivatives, cash equities, ETFs and bonds to foreign exchange. What really sets Optiver apart from other companies is its openness, honesty and our colleagues. People have very strong opinions, but they are also open to listen and to change their mind if the facts presented by others have more value.

What you will do:

As a member of the Legal team at Optiver Europe, you will report directly to the Head of Legal Europe and work in close cooperation with the Trading and Technology teams as well as with the Compliance department. As Senior Legal Counsel you will advise our Trading and Technology teams and the business on all relevant legal matters in relation to our proprietary trading activities, mainly in the European, UK and US markets.

As a full service European legal team, the Optiver Europe legal team covers a wide range of topics. However, at the outset this role will focus on providing additional support in respect of:

  • Trading related queries and documentation (particularly trading platforms, ETF documentation (AP Agreements/Market Making agreements), Institutional Sales (counterparty terms negotiation, onboarding queries, Exchange memberships & market making activities). However, you will also be expected to be flexible in your approach to work and be happy to learn about other areas of relevance to the Optiver Europe Legal Team over time such as technology contracting (including supporting internal initiatives in this space, general contract matters, HR and employment law and corporate housekeeping.

What you need to be successful:

  • Academic degree in European or UK Law;  
  • 8+ years of relevant working experience (preferably trained in an international law firm with buyside experience in the financial sector);
  • Knowledge of and interest in the financial markets, trading is a plus;
  • A flexible, pragmatic, pro-active, assertive and results-driven professional with an entrepreneurial spirit;  
  • Outstanding business to legal translation skills;
  • Excellent contract drafting and negotiation skills;
  • Great written and verbal communication skills in English;
  • Team player with a good sense of humour.

What we can offer:

Our best work is done together. We are driven by continuous improvement, which creates a stimulating and fun environment, where you are seriously rewarded for your performance. To be concrete, we offer intellectually challenging work, competitive remuneration and great secondary benefits, such as potentially an attractive profit-sharing structure, training opportunities, fully paid first-class commuting expenses, a premium-free pension, breakfast, lunch and dinner facilities and sports and leisure activities. We are used to guiding expats through their relocation and offer relocation packages and discounts on health insurance.

Interested? 
If you are interested, please take a look at our website, engage with what we do and then apply below by uploading your CV and Cover letter in English. Applications without a letter of motivation will not be reviewed. If you have any questions feel free to contact Claire van Raay at [email protected].

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