Cowen Group, Inc. is a financial services company. The Company provides alternative investment management, investment banking, research, sales and trading, and prime brokerage services. It operates through two segments: alternative investment and broker-dealer. The alternative investment segment includes hedge funds, private equity structures, registered investment companies and listed investment vehicles. The broker-dealer segment offers industry focused investment banking for growth-oriented companies, including advisory and global capital markets origination and domain knowledge-driven research and a sales and trading platform for institutional investors under the Cowen name. Its broker-dealer businesses include research, sales and trading and investment banking services to companies and institutional investor clients in its target sectors, which include healthcare, technology, information and technology services, consumer, real estate investment trusts, energy and transportation.