Optiver is a premier, global market making company. We offer trading opportunities on many of the world's major financial markets using our own capital and at our own risk. Optiver strives to be the go-to price engine for a variety of exchange-traded products. In the Asia Pacific region we provide pricing for equities, options, futures, ETFs, and more. We started in 1986 with a single trader on the floor of the European Options Exchange in Amsterdam. We have grown significantly since then, and now employ over 750 people across offices in the US, Europe and Asia Pacific. We continue to experience organic growth in all of our global locations.
Our Sydney operation was set up in 1996 and has grown rapidly since this time. In addition we have offices in Shanghai and Taiwan. We have approximately 290 people in Asia Pacific across trading, technology, and business operations. We trade on a range of markets including China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan and always make the most of any emerging opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region. We trade all the major indices in these markets and our portfolio boasts more than 60 equity derivatives. To be the best in the market we continuously develop state-of-the-art software and source the most advanced technology. We are so serious about IT that today we employ one IT developer for every one trader.
At Optiver, we undertake the complex task of balancing calculated risk with long-standing experience, to make smart and profitable trades today - and into the future.