Cowen Group, Inc. and The Seaport Group Enter into an Exclusive Partnership

  Cowen Group, Inc. and The Seaport Group Enter into an Exclusive Partnership

     Partnership Includes the Origination and Distribution of Corporate,
                Convertible and Other Fixed Income Securities

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- April 9, 2013

Cowen Group, Inc. (“Cowen”) (NASDAQ: COWN) and The Seaport Group (“Seaport”)
today announced that they have entered into an exclusive partnership for the
origination and distribution of corporate, convertible and other fixed income
securities. The relationship also includes special situations such as
restructurings, reorganizations and bankruptcies. Under the terms of the
agreement, Cowen will focus on origination activities for these securities and
Seaport will provide distribution services.

“I am delighted to announce this partnership with Seaport,” said Jeffrey
Solomon, Chief Executive Officer of Cowen and Company, Cowen Group’s broker
dealer business. “Seaport has built a leading independent fixed income
distribution platform covering all areas of the credit spectrum. Increasingly,
companies in our sectors have chosen Cowen not only to provide valuable
strategic advice, but to bring debt financings to market as well. We believe
that Seaport’s comprehensive distribution capabilities complement Cowen’s
outstanding origination and execution abilities within our industry focus
areas of Healthcare, Technology, Energy, Transportation, Consumer, Aerospace
and Defense/Industrials, Metals and Mining and Chemicals. We worked with
Seaport on our last several debt offerings following the expiration of our
previous distribution agreement and have found them to be a value-added
partner.”

Michael Meagher, Co-Founder of The Seaport Group, added “Having executed over
$40 billion of average annual credit-related transactions volume in the last
three years, Seaport has a deep and varied distribution base. Issuers continue
to turn to independent firms like Seaport to help them widen their investor
base and today's announcement firmly places Seaport at the forefront of that
change. By partnering with Cowen and their impressive client roster, we are
taking Seaport Group one step further in providing our buy-side clients
withthe diverse product offerings that they are now seeking.”

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 Companyand 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 Companyand its affiliatesoffer 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.

About The Seaport Group

Founded in 2001, the Seaport Group has grown to approximately 200
professionals covering over a dozen business and product lines.

Executing over $40 Billion of average annual credit-related transactions
volume in the last three years, New York based Seaport Group has emerged as a
leader in global credit markets with one of the largest sales and trading
platforms of any boutique investment bank. The Seaport Group’s unique model
provides clients with access to an integrated firm of experienced market
specialists helping clients manage risk and create value.

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