Cowen Expands Insitutional Equity Sales and Trading Team

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 21, 2015–
Cowen Group, Inc. (“Cowen”) (NASDAQ:COWN) today announced that senior
equity salespeople Brian Fitzgerald and Todd Bertsch and senior equity
sales trader David Hartnett have joined Cowen and Company’s Equity Sales
and Trading team. All three individuals are based in New York. Both
Mssrs. Fitzgerald and Bertsch report to Philip Cushman, Cowen’s Head of
Equity Sales and David Seaburg, Cowen’s Head of Sales Trading. Mr.
Hartnett reports to Mr. Seaburg.

Mssrs. Cushman and Seaburg said, “We are pleased to welcome Brian, Todd
and David, three proven professionals whose knowledge and relationship
base will be invaluable as we look to further grow our equities market
share. Their addition reflects Cowen’s continued commitment to providing
clients with a world-class equity sales and trading platform. Brian and
Todd will lead our Emerging Managers equity sales effort. They have
substantial experience in addressing this market, which complements our
strategy to better serve emerging hedge funds, established family
offices and under-brokered institutional clients. David’s insights and
experience will further enhance our overall sales trading effort.”

Mr. Fitzgerald brings 25 years of equity sales experience. He joins
Cowen from CRT Capital where he was Managing Director, Head of Equity
Research Sales. Previously, he was a managing director at Imperial
Capital
. Prior to that, Mr. Fitzgerald spent several years at CIBC World
Markets, followed by Oppenheimer, in roles of increasing responsibility,
including co-head of Institutional Equity Research Sales & Trading, Head
of US Institutional Equity Research Sales and Head of US Middle Market
Equity Research Sales.

Mr. Bertsch joins Cowen from Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he was
the Director of Middle Markets. He was previously a managing director at
Lighthouse Financial Group and a senior managing director at Bear
Stearns, where he served in a similar capacity. Mr. Bertsch also spent
eight years as Chief Executive Officer of A.W. Bertsch, a direct access
business, and was the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Gateway
Financial Technologies, a technology service provider for NYSE-based
companies.

Mr. Hartnett joins Cowen with 30 years of sales trading experience.
Previously, he was with RBC Capital Markets where he was a director and
senior sales trader. Before that, Mr. Harnett was an executive director
and senior sales trader at Credit Suisse First Boston.

About Cowen Group, Inc.

Cowen Group, Inc. is a diversified financial services firm and, together
with its consolidated subsidiaries, provides alternative asset
management, investment banking, research, and sales and trading services
through its two business segments: Ramius and its affiliates make up the
Company’s alternative investment segment, while Cowen and Company and
its affiliates make up the Company’s broker-dealer segment. Ramius
provides alternative asset management solutions to a global client base
and manages a significant portion of Cowen’s proprietary capital. Cowen
and Company
and its affiliates offer industry focused investment banking
for growth-oriented companies, domain knowledge-driven research, a sales
and trading platform for institutional investors and a comprehensive
suite of prime brokerage services. Founded in 1918, the firm is
headquartered in New York and has offices worldwide. For additional
information, visit www.cowen.com.

Source: Cowen Group, Inc.

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