Cowen Holdings, Inc. 8-K 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): August 7, 2009
COWEN GROUP, INC.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (646) 562-1000
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers
On August 7, 2009, Christopher A. White, Vice President of Cowen Group, Inc. (the Company) entered into a 2009 Carried Interest Award Agreement (the Agreement) with the Company. Under the Agreement, the Company awarded Mr. White the right to receive an amount equal to 0.15387% of the profits, if any, in excess of certain minimum levels (the Carried Interest) earned by Cowen Healthcare Royalty GP, LLC as general partner (the General Partner) of Cowen Healthcare Royalty Partners, L.P. (the Fund) (the Carried Interest Equivalent Award). The Company, as a member of the General Partner, is entitled to receive Carried Interest and had committed to the General Partner upon its formation that the Company would allocate up to 10% of its Carried Interest to certain of the Companys employees. Mr. White is one of seventeen Company employees who has received a Carried Interest Equivalent Award in recognition of his or her efforts to support the General Partner and the Fund. Mr. White serves on the Investment and the Operating Committees, respectively, of the General Partner. The current estimated potential value of the Carried Interest Equivalent Award is $114,250 over a six year period commencing in 2014. The Carried Interest Equivalent Award shall vest in two equal installments, with 50% vesting on the second anniversary of the grant date and 50% vesting on the third anniversary of the grant date, subject to Mr. Whites continued employment. The Agreement is filed as Exhibit 10.1 to this Form 8-K.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.