Ramius Expands Liquid Alternatives Distribution Team

Ramius LLC, the investment management subsidiary of Cowen Group, Inc. (“Cowen”) (NASDAQ: COWN), today announced that Brian Wilson and Greg Simonian have joined the firm as Directors responsible for distribution of alternative mutual and hedge fund products in the East Coast and Central regions, respectively. In their roles, they report to David Thill, Managing Director.

Michael Singer, Chief Executive Officer of Ramius, commented, “As we continue to build out our suite of liquid alternative products which currently includes our Volatility, Managed Futures and Replication Alternative Mutual Funds, we are pleased to have Brian and Greg join our team. Alternative mutual funds are a relatively new concept for many investors and advisors, but their growth in number and strategies has been significant over the last few years. At Ramius, we are committed to offering best-in-breed liquid alternative strategies to financial advisors and their clients.”

David Thill said, “Both Brian and Greg have deep relationships with broker-dealers and intermediaries and will help to educate investors about Ramius and our suite of products. I look forward to working with them in their new roles.”

Both Mr. Wilson and Mr. Simonian join Ramius from Equinox Distributors. Mr. Wilson started as a Director in the East Coast region at Equinox in 2004 and then became a Managing Director and National Sales Manager in 2008, where he assisted in building out the sales team and driving sales initiatives and strategy for the firm. Prior to that, Mr. Wilson served in various roles at Smith Barney since 1989. His roles included Vice President – Investments and Regional Sales Director for Smith Barney’s Asset Management division. Mr. Wilson began his career at Robinson Humphrey, Inc.

Mr. Simonian served as a Managing Director of product development and distribution at Equinox Distributors since 2004, where he drove sales and oversaw sales and marketing strategies. Prior to this, he was a Managing Director for two years at Foxdale Management, where he designed and structured alternative investment products focusing on emerging managers. Previously, Mr. Simonian served in executive sales roles at several prominent investment advisors. He received his Masters in International Management at the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird), and his Bachelor of Science in Finance at the University of Denver.

About Ramius LLC

Ramius, the global alternative investment management business of Cowen Group, Inc., offers a broad range of investment solutions to institutions and private clients worldwide. Founded in 1994, Ramius and affiliates manage $10.4 billion (as of October 1, 2012) across multiple asset classes and investing styles. A significant portion of Cowen's proprietary capital is managed by Ramius in strategies alongside its clients.

About Cowen Group, Inc.

Cowen Group, Inc. is a diversified financial services firm and, together with its consolidated subsidiaries, provides alternative investment, 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 is its broker-dealer segment. Its alternative investment products, solutions and services include hedge funds, replication products, managed futures funds, fund of funds, real estate and health care royalty funds. Cowen and Company offers industry focused investment banking for growth-oriented companies, domain knowledge-driven research and a sales and trading platform for institutional investors. Founded in 1918, the firm is headquartered in New York and has offices located in major financial centers around the world.

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