UNITED STATES 
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION 
Washington, D.C. 20549

SCHEDULE 14A

Proxy Statement Pursuant to Section 14(a) of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

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Cowen Inc.

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The following statements regarding the proposed business combination between Cowen Inc. (the “Company”) and The Toronto-Dominion Bank (“TD”) were included in the Company’s quarterly earnings release on October 28, 2022:

Jeffrey M. Solomon, Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Cowen, said, “Cowen delivered another profitable quarter despite the challenging economic backdrop and weak market conditions, powered by strong performance in our operating company segment. Our results demonstrate that our business is operating at a higher level than it was before the pandemic and the strategic positioning over the last several years have enabled us to continue performing well. Even though we expect the markets to remain difficult for the remainder of the year, we believe we are well positioned to gain market share, particularly in partnership with our new colleagues at TD, who we expect to formally join early in 2023. We remain deeply committed to meeting our clients evolving needs by providing timely strategic advice, innovative financing solutions, world-class investment research, advanced trading and execution capabilities as well as differentiated investment products.

On August 2, 2022, TD Bank Group (“TD”) and Cowen announced a definitive agreement for TD to acquire Cowen in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $1.3 billion, or $39 for each Class A common share of Cowen. The transaction is expected to close in the first calendar quarter of 2023, and is subject to customary closing conditions, including approvals from the Company’s shareholders and various U.S., Canadian and foreign regulatory authorities.


Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements

This communication contains certain forward-looking statements that may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  In some cases, you can identify these statements by forward-looking terms such as “may,” “might,” “will,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “project,” “possible,” “potential,” “intend,” “seek” or “continue,” the negative of these terms and other comparable terminology or similar expressions.

These forward-looking statements represent only Company’s beliefs regarding future events (many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and beyond Company’s control) and are predictions only, based on Company’s current expectations and projections about future events.  There are important factors that could cause Company’s actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, among others:

 
the parties’ ability to consummate the proposed transaction in within the expected time-frame or at all;
 
the satisfaction or waiver of the conditions to the completion of the proposed transaction, including the receipt of the required approval of Company’s stockholders with respect to the proposed transaction and the receipt of regulatory clearances required to consummate the proposed transaction, in each case, on the terms expected or on the anticipated schedule;
 
the risk that the parties may be unable to achieve the anticipated benefits of the proposed transaction within the expected time-frames or at all;
 
the possibility that competing offers or acquisition proposals for Company will be made;
 
the occurrence of any event that could give rise to the termination of the proposed transaction, including in circumstances which would require Company to pay a termination fee;
 
the effect of the announcement or pendency of the proposed transaction on Company’s ability to retain and hire key personnel and its ability to maintain relationships with its customers, clients, vendors and others with whom it does business;
 
risks related to diverting management’s attention from Company’s ongoing business operations; and
 
the risk that stockholder litigation in connection with the proposed transaction may result in significant costs of defense, indemnification and liability and may delay the proposed transaction.

In particular, you should consider the risks outlined under Item 1A - “Risk Factors” in Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 and Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2022, and subsequent reports Company has filed with the SEC.  Although Company believes the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, Company cannot guarantee future results, level of activity, performance or achievements.  Moreover, none of Company or any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of any of these forward-looking statements.  You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events.  These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and Company undertakes no obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements after the date they are made except to the extent required by applicable law.  Further disclosures that Company makes on related subjects in additional filings with the SEC should be consulted.




Additional Information and Where to Find It

This communication may be deemed to be solicitation material in respect of the proposed transaction between Company and TD.  In connection with the proposed transaction, on October 11, 2022, Company filed with the SEC a proxy statement on Schedule 14A (the “Proxy Statement”) in definitive form, and Company mailed the definitive Proxy Statement to its stockholders and filed other documents regarding the proposed transaction with the SEC.  HOLDERS OF COMMON STOCK OF COMPANY ARE URGED TO READ ALL RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC, INCLUDING THE PROXY STATEMENT, AS WELL AS ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO, CAREFULLY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. The Proxy Statement and other relevant materials (when they become available) and any other documents filed or furnished by Company with the SEC may be obtained free of charge at the SEC’s web site (http://www.sec.gov), through Company’s Investor Relations page (http://www.cowen.com/investor-relations), or by writing to Cowen Inc., Attn: Owen Littman, at 599 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY, 10022 or at Owen.Littman@cowen.com.


Participants in Solicitation

Company and its directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the holders of shares of Company common stock in respect of the proposed transaction. Information about the directors and executive officers of Company is set forth in the proxy statement for Company’s 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on May 27, 2022, and the Proxy Statement. To the extent holdings of Company’s securities by its directors or executive officers have changed since the amounts set forth in such proxy statements, such changes have been or will be reflected on Initial Statements of Beneficial Ownership on Form 3 or Statements of Beneficial Ownership on Form 4 filed with the SEC.  You may obtain free copies of these documents using the sources indicated above.