SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): June 9, 2015
COWEN GROUP, INC.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)
(State or Other Jurisdiction
(Commission File Number)
599 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022
(Address of Principal Executive Offices and Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (212) 845-7900
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Item 5.07. Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.
At the Company’s Annual Meeting held on June 9, 2015, stockholders voted on the election of Directors to the Board, the ratification of the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the 2015 fiscal year, the re-approval of the material terms of the performance criteria set forth in the Company’s 2010 Equity and Incentive Plan and an advisory vote to approve the compensation of named executive officers. The holders of 97,463,594 shares of Class A common stock, or approximately 87.6% of the eligible voting shares, were represented at the meeting in person or by proxy.
All nominees for election to the Board were elected for a term that will continue until the next annual meeting of stockholders or until the director’s successor has been duly elected and qualified (or the director’s earlier resignation, death or removal). The Company’s independent inspector of election reported the final vote of the stockholders as follows:
Peter A. Cohen
Katherine Elizabeth Dietze
Jerome S. Markowitz
Jack H. Nusbaum
Douglas A. Rediker
Jeffrey M. Solomon
Joseph R. Wright
Broker non-votes for each director totaled 16,341,472.
The stockholders’ vote ratified the appointment of the independent auditor. The Company’s independent inspector of election reported the final vote of the stockholders as follows:
Ratification of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm for the Year Ending December 31, 2015
The stockholders’ vote re-approved the material terms of the Company’s 2010 Equity and Incentive Plan. The Company’s independent inspector of election reported the final vote of the stockholders as follows:
Re-approval of the Material Terms of the Performance Criteria Set Forth in the Company’s 2010 Equity and Incentive Plan
The stockholders’ advisory vote approved the compensation of the named executive officers. The Company’s independent inspector of election reported the final vote of the stockholders as follows:
Advisory Vote to Approve the Compensation of the Company’s Named Executive Officers
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
COWEN GROUP, INC.
Dated: June 9, 2015 By: _/s/ Owen S. Littman
Name: Owen S. Littman
Title: General Counsel