The opening of the Amsterdam office in 2017 signifies the firm's continued European expansion as it realizes its plans for Vision 2020. The return of Options Group to the Netherlands reinforces a long term commitment to the Benelux region and growing demand in response to a rapidly shifting centre of gravity for European financial markets. The Options Group Amsterdam office is located in the World Trade Center (WTC) in the heart of the Dutch international financial center and solidifies the firm's presence in one of western Europe's growing financial markets as well as the largest institutional market after the United Kingdom. Historically, Amsterdam has always been a key centre of financial activity. The world’s first publicly traded company, the first stock exchange, and the first European option exchange all started in Amsterdam. More recently, Amsterdam has emerged as a hotbed for the Fintech sector and these developments were acknowledged, by the European Union by naming Amsterdam as the European Capital of Innovation in 2016.
The growth plans behind Options Group expansion in Amsterdam are due in part to a number of key macroeconomic and strategic factors in the firm's overall EMEA strategy. The main areas of focus for the firm's recruiting and consulting practices are: Technology, Banking, Alternative Finance, Private Equity, Real Estate, Fiduciary & Risk Management and Institutional Asset Management.