Improving the market is the guiding principle in everything we do and we take this responsibility seriously. Each day we are committed to making the markets better, and we will not stop until we get it right.


Over thirty years ago, Optiver started business as a single trader on the floor of Amsterdam’s European Options Exchange. Today, we are a leading global electronic market maker, focused on pricing, execution and risk management. We provide liquidity to financial markets using our own capital, at our own risk, trading a wide range of products: listed derivatives, cash equities, ETFs, bonds and foreign currencies. Our independence allows us to objectively improve the markets and provide efficiencies for end investors.

With over one thousand Optiverians globally, our mission to improve the market unites us. Thriving in a high performance environment, we pioneer our own trading strategies and systems using clean code and sophisticated technology. We achieve this by attracting, developing and empowering top talent, in order to sustain our future.

Our history

  • 1986
  • 1990
  • 1996
  • 1998
  • 1999
  • 2000
  • 2002
  • 2007
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2013
  • 2016
  • 2017
Optiver starts with one trader on the Amsterdam options exchange with the mission to improve markets by narrowing the bid-ask spreads in the options market.
With a successful establishment in the Netherlands, Optiver expands the idea to the exchanges of Frankfurt and Paris.
The Optiver Sydney office kicks off with two traders. It starts with floor trading, but transitions quickly towards screen trading.
First steps are made in Amsterdam for the transition to screen trading along with exchanges - Euronext Amsterdam and Deutsche Börse. Optiver expands to exchanges in London.
Optiver establishes its American operation in NYC.
Already in transition from floor trading to screen trading, Optiver Sydney sets up a local trading office in Hong Kong.
Optiver moves its US base from NYC to Chicago, home of the US derivatives market. Optiver Sydney sets up a local trading office in Taiwan.
Optiver becomes one of the early backers of Instinet founded “Chi-X”, a newly launched MTF.
Optiver Europe starts trading in Brazil. Optiver publishes its first position paper on HFT.
Optiver celebrates 25 years in business. Optiver and three other trading firms establish FIA EPTA.
Optiver APAC expands into Shanghai. Optiver APAC office receives the Best Place to Work in Australia award. Optiver Chicago office reintroduces floor trading.
Optiver celebrates 30 years of improving the markets. Optiver APAC retains their status as a Best Place to Work in 2014 & 2015. Optiver receives the award of “Best European Equity ETF” Market Maker by I-Invest.
Optiver Europe receives award for “Best European ETF Market Maker” by ETF Express.

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