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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
FORM 8-K
 
CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): June 15, 2017
COWEN INC.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)
 
 
 
 
 
Delaware
 
001-34516
 
27-0423711
(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation)
 
(Commission File Number)
 
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
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 15, 2017, stockholders voted on the election of Directors to the Board, an advisory vote to approve the compensation of named executive officers, an advisory vote on the frequency of future advisory votes on the compensation of named executive officers and the ratification of the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the 2017 fiscal year. The holders of 21,527,166 shares of Class A common stock, or approximately 78.76% 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:


Name
Votes For
Authority Withheld
 
 
 
Peter A. Cohen
14,482,682
759,859
Katherine E. Dietze
14,718,201
524,340
Steven Kotler
14,714,001
528,540
Jerome S. Markowitz
14,731,056
511,485
Jack H. Nusbaum
14,048,830
1,193,711
Douglas A. Rediker
14,720,589
521,952
Jeffrey M. Solomon
14,096,582
1,145,959
Joseph R. Wright
14,732,217
510,324
    
Broker non-votes for each director totaled 6,284,625.


The stockholders’ cast an advisory vote to approve the compensation of the named executive officers. The Company’s independent inspector of election reported the final vote of the stockholders as follows:

 
 

For
Against
 

Abstain
Advisory Vote to Approve the Compensation of the Company’s Named Executive Officers
13,738,907
1,477,303
26,331

Broker non-votes for this proposal totaled 6,284,625.








The stockholders’ cast an advisory vote on the frequency of future advisory votes to approve the compensation of the Company's named executive officers. The Company’s independent inspector of election reported the final vote of the stockholders as follows:


 
One Year
Two Years
Three Years
Abstain
Advisory Vote on the Frequency of Future Advisory Votes to Approve the Compensation of the Company's Named Executive Officers
13,855,238
8,650
1,350,148
28,505

Broker non-votes for this proposal totaled 6,284,625.

Based on the results of the advisory vote recommending the frequency of future advisory votes to approve the compensation of the Company's named executive officers, the Board of Directors has determined to include a shareholder vote on executive compensation in its proxy materials every year.


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:

 
 

For
Against
 

Abstain
Ratification of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm for the Year Ending December 31, 2017
21,392,681
120,398
14,087

    








SIGNATURES
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 INC.


Dated: June 15, 2017                    By: _/s/ Owen S. Littman            
Name:    Owen S. Littman     
Title:     General Counsel