As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 7, 2010

Registration No. 333-[·]             

 

 

 

UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

FORM  S-8

 

REGISTRATION STATEMENT UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933

 

COWEN GROUP, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware

 

27-0423711

(State or other jurisdiction of

 

(I.R.S. Employer

incorporation or organization)

 

Identification Number)

 

599 Lexington Avenue

New York, New York 10022

(212) 845-7900

(Address, including zip code of Principal Executive Offices)

 

Cowen Group, Inc. 2010 Equity and Incentive Plan

(Full title of the plan)

 

J. Kevin McCarthy
General Counsel

Cowen Group, Inc.

599 Lexington Avenue

New York, New York 10022

(212) 845-7900

(Name, Address, including Zip Code, and Telephone Number, including Area Code, of agent for service)

 

Copies to:

David K. Boston, Esq.

Laura L. Delanoy, Esq.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

787 Seventh Avenue

New York, New York 10019

(212) 728-8000

 

CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title of securities to be
registered

 

Amount to be
registered (1)

 

Proposed maximum
offering price per
share (2)

 

Proposed maximum
aggregate offering
 price (2)

 

Amount of
registration fee

 

Class A Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share

 

7,500,000

 

$

4.62

 

$

34,650,000

 

$

2,470.55

 

(1)           Represents 7,500,000 shares of the Class A Common Stock of Cowen Group, Inc., par value $0.01 per share, issuable pursuant to the Cowen Group, Inc. 2010 Equity and Incentive Plan (the “2010 Plan”).  In addition, this Registration Statement covers an indeterminable number of additional shares as may hereafter be offered or issued, pursuant to the 2010 Plan, to prevent dilution resulting from stock splits, stock dividends, or similar transactions effected without receipt of consideration.

 

(2)           Estimated solely for calculating the amount of the registration fee, pursuant to paragraphs (c) and (h) of Rule 457 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

 

 

 



 

EXPLANATORY NOTE

 

This registration statement on Form S-8 (this “Registration Statement”) is filed by Cowen Group, Inc. (the “Company”), to register 7,500,000 shares of the Company’s Class A Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share (the “Class A Common Stock”), which may be issued under the Cowen Group, Inc. 2010 Equity and Incentive Plan (the “2010 Plan”).

 

PART I

 

INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE SECTION 10(a) PROSPECTUS

 

The documents containing the information specified in Part I of this Registration Statement have been or will be sent or given to participating employees as specified in Rule 428(b)(1) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), in accordance with the rules and regulations of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”).  Such documents are not being filed with the Commission either as part of this Registration Statement or as prospectuses or prospectus supplements pursuant to Rule 424 of the Securities Act.  These documents and the documents incorporated by reference into this Registration Statement pursuant to Item 3 of Part II of this Registration Statement, taken together, constitute a prospectus that meets the requirements of Section 10(a) of the Securities Act.

 

PART II

 

INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE

REGISTRATION STATEMENT

 

Item 3.                    INCORPORATION OF CERTAIN DOCUMENTS BY REFERENCE

 

The following documents, filed with the Commission by the Company, are incorporated by reference into the Registration Statement:

 

(a)   the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009, filed on March 25, 2010, pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”);

 

(b)   the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2010, filed on May 13, 2010, pursuant to the Exchange Act;

 

(c)   the Company’s Current Reports on Form 8-K, filed on February 11, 2010, March 2, 2010, May 3, 2010, and May 12, 2010, respectively, pursuant to the Exchange Act; and

 

(d)   the description of the Company’s Class A Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share, which is contained in the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-1, as amended (File No. 333-163372, initially filed with the Commission on November 25, 2009).

 

In addition, all documents filed by the Company with the Commission pursuant to Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14, and 15(d) of the Exchange Act subsequent to the date of this Registration Statement and prior to the filing of a post-effective amendment to this Registration Statement which indicates that all the securities offered hereby have been sold or which deregisters all securities then remaining unsold shall be deemed to be incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement and to be

 

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a part hereof from the date of the filing of such documents with the Commission.  Any statement contained in a document incorporated by reference herein shall be deemed to be modified or superseded for purposes hereof to the extent that a statement contained herein (or in any other subsequently filed document which also is incorporated by reference herein) modifies or supersedes such statement.  Any statement so modified or superseded shall not be deemed to constitute a part hereof except as so modified or superseded.

 

Item 4.                    DESCRIPTION OF SECURITIES

 

Not applicable.

 

Item 5.                    INTERESTS OF NAMED EXPERTS AND COUNSEL

 

The validity of the shares of Class A Common Stock offered hereby is being passed upon for the Company by Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.  Mr. Jack H. Nusbaum, a Partner and the former Chairman of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, serves as a director of the Company and, as such, participates in the 2010 Plan to the same extent as other directors.

 

Item 6.                    INDEMNIFICATION OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS

 

Section 145 of the Delaware General Corporation Law (the “DGCL”) empowers a Delaware corporation to indemnify any person who was or is a party or is threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending, or completed action, suit, or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative, or investigative (other than an action by or in the right of such corporation) by reason of the fact that such person is or was a director, officer, employee, or agent of such corporation, or is or was serving at the request of such corporation as a director, officer, employee, or agent of another corporation or enterprise.  A corporation may, in advance of the final disposition of any civil, criminal, administrative, or investigative action, suit, or proceeding, pay the expenses (including attorneys’ fees) incurred by any officer, director, employee, or agent in defending such action, provided that the director or officer undertakes to repay such amount if it shall ultimately be determined that he is not entitled to be indemnified by the corporation.  A corporation may indemnify such person against expenses (including attorneys’ fees), judgments, fines, and amounts paid in settlement actually and reasonably incurred by such person in connection with such action, suit, or proceeding if he acted in good faith and in a manner he reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interests of the corporation and, with respect to any criminal action or proceeding, had no reasonable cause to believe his conduct was unlawful.

 

A Delaware corporation may indemnify officers and directors in an action by or in the right of the corporation to procure a judgment in its favor under the same conditions, except that no indemnification is permitted without judicial approval if the officer or director is adjudged to be liable to the corporation.  Where an officer or director is successful on the merits or otherwise in the defense of any action referred to above, the corporation must indemnify him against the expenses (including attorneys’ fees) which he actually and reasonably incurred in connection therewith.  The indemnification provided is not deemed to be exclusive of any other rights to which an officer or director may be entitled under any corporation’s by-law, agreement, vote, or otherwise.

 

In accordance with Section 145 of the DGCL, Articles 6 and 7 of the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation, as amended (the “Certificate”), and the Company’s By-Laws (the “By-Laws”) provide that the Company shall indemnify each person who is or was a director, officer, employee, or agent of the Company (including the heirs, executors, administrators, or estate of such person) or is or was serving at the request of the Company as a director, officer, employee, or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust, or other enterprise, to the fullest extent permitted by

 

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the DGCL or any successor statute.  The indemnification provided by the Certificate and the By-Laws shall not be deemed exclusive of any other rights to which any of those seeking indemnification or advancement of expenses may be entitled under any by-law, agreement, vote of shareholders, disinterested directors, or otherwise, and shall continue as to a person who has ceased to be a director, officer, employee, or agent and shall inure to the benefit of the heirs, executors, and administrators of such a person.  The Certificate and the By-Laws provide that a director of the Company shall not be personally liable to the Company or its stockholders for monetary damages for breach of fiduciary duty as a director, except for liability (i) for any breach of the director’s duty of loyalty to the Company or its stockholders, (ii) for acts or omissions not in good faith or which involve intentional misconduct or a knowing violation of law, (iii) under Section 174 of the DGCL, or (iv) for any transaction from which the director derived an improper personal benefit.

 

The By-Laws further provide that the Company may purchase and maintain insurance on behalf of its directors, officers, employees, and agents against any liabilities asserted against such persons arising out of such capacities.

 

Item 7.                    EXEMPTION FROM REGISTRATION CLAIMED

 

Not applicable.

 

Item 8.                    EXHIBITS

 

Exhibit No.

 

Description of Exhibit

 

 

 

5

 

Opinion of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP as to the validity of shares to be issued.

 

 

 

23.1

 

Consent of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP (included in the opinion filed as Exhibit 5 hereto).

 

 

 

23.2

 

Consent of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP - Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm.

 

Item 9.                    UNDERTAKINGS

 

1.  The undersigned registrant hereby undertakes:

 

(a)           To file, during any period in which offers or sales are being made, a post-effective amendment to the Registration Statement:

 

(i)            to include any prospectus required by Section 10(a)(3) of the Securities Act;

 

(ii)           to reflect in the prospectus any facts or events arising after the effective date of the Registration Statement (or the most recent post-effective amendment thereof), which individually or in the aggregate, represent a fundamental change in the information set forth in the Registration Statement;

 

(iii)          to include any material information with respect to the plan of distribution not previously disclosed in the Registration Statement or any material change to such information in the Registration Statement;

 

provided, however, that paragraphs (1)(a)(i) and (1)(a)(ii) do not apply if the information required to be included in a post-effective amendment by those paragraphs is contained in periodic reports filed with, or

 

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furnished to, the Commission by the Company pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act that are incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement.

 

(b)           That, for the purpose of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each such post-effective amendment shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

 

(c)           To remove from registration by means of a post-effective amendment any of the securities being registered which remain unsold at the termination of the offering.

 

2.             The undersigned registrant hereby undertakes that, for purposes of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each filing of the Company’s annual report pursuant to Section 13(a) or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act that is incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

 

3.             Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act may be permitted to directors, officers, and controlling persons of the Company pursuant to the foregoing provisions, or otherwise, the Company has been advised that in the opinion of the Commission such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and is, therefore, unenforceable.  In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment by the Company of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling person of the Company in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such director, officer, or controlling person in connection with the securities being registered, the Company will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.

 

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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, the registrant certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form S-8 and has duly caused this Registration Statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the City of New York, State of New York, on the 7th day of June 2010.

 

 

COWEN GROUP, INC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ J. Kevin McCarthy

 

Name:

J. Kevin McCarthy

 

Title:

General Counsel

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, this Registration Statement has been signed by the following persons in the capacities and on the dates indicated:

 

Signature

 

Title

 

Date

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ Peter A. Cohen

 

Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

 

June 7, 2010

Name: Peter A. Cohen

 

(Principal Executive Officer)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ Stephen A. Lasota

 

Chief Financial Officer (Principal Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer)

 

June 7, 2010

Name: Stephen A. Lasota

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ Steven Kotler

 

Director

 

June 7, 2010

Name: Steven Kotler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ Jules B. Kroll

 

Director

 

June 7, 2010

Name: Jules B. Kroll

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ David M. Malcolm

 

Director

 

June 7, 2010

Name: David M. Malcolm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Director

 

June 7, 2010

Name: Jerome S. Markowitz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ Jack H. Nusbaum

 

Director

 

June 7, 2010

Name: Jack H. Nusbaum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Director

 

June 7, 2010

Name: Edoardo Spezzotti

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ John E. Toffolon, Jr.

 

Director

 

June 7, 2010

Name: John E. Toffolon, Jr.

 

 

 

 

 

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/s/ Joseph R. Wright

 

Director

 

June 7, 2010

Name: Joseph R. Wright

 

 

 

 

 

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INDEX TO EXHIBITS

 

Exhibit No.

 

Description of Exhibit

 

 

 

5

 

Opinion of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP as to the validity of shares to be issued.

 

 

 

23.1

 

Consent of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP (included in the opinion filed as Exhibit 5 hereto).

 

 

 

23.2

 

Consent of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP - Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm.

 

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Exhibit 5

 

WILLKIE FARR & GALLAGHER LLP

787 Seventh Avenue

New York, NY  10019-6099

 

June 7, 2010

 

Cowen Group, Inc.

599 Lexington Avenue

New York, New York 10022

 

Re:          Cowen Group, Inc.

Registration Statement on Form S-8

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

We have acted as counsel to Cowen Group, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), with respect to the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-8 (the “Registration Statement”) to be filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission on or about the date hereof.  The Registration Statement relates to the registration under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Act”), by the Company of 7,500,000 shares of Class A Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share (the “Shares”), which may be issued under the Company’s 2010 Equity and Incentive Plan (the “Plan”).

 

We have examined, among other things, originals and/or copies (certified or otherwise identified to our satisfaction) of such documents, papers, statutes, and authorities as we have deemed necessary to form a basis for the opinion hereinafter expressed.  In our examination, we have assumed the genuineness of all signatures and the conformity to original documents of all copies submitted to us.  As to various questions of fact material to our opinion, we have relied on statements and certificates of officers and representatives of the Company.

 

Based on the foregoing, we are of the opinion that, when the Registration Statement becomes effective under the Act, the Shares to be issued by the Company under the Plan, when duly issued and delivered pursuant to the terms of the Plan, will be legally issued, fully paid, and non-assessable.

 

This opinion is limited to the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware, and we express no opinion with respect to the laws of any other jurisdiction or any other laws of the State of Delaware.

 

We hereby consent to the filing of this opinion as an exhibit to the Registration Statement.  In giving such consent, we do not thereby admit that we are in the category of persons whose consent is required under Section 7 of the Act.

 

Very truly yours,

 

 

 

/s/ Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

 

 


Exhibit 23.2

 

CONSENT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

 

We hereby consent to the incorporation by reference in this Registration Statement on Form S-8 of Cowen Group, Inc. of our report dated March 25, 2010 relating to the consolidated financial statements of Cowen Group, Inc. which appear in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009.

 

/s/ PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

 

 

 

New York, New York

 

June 7, 2010