Cowen Promotes James Niven to Lead EMEA Distribution

Niven lands at his elevated role after serving for over two years as the company’s co-head of European cash equity.

Cowen Inc. (NASDAQ:COWN) has undergone a key executive move with the appointment of Jamie Niven to the role of head of EMEA distribution for Cowen Execution Services Limited (CESL).‎ In his new position, Niven will report to Dan Charney, co-president of Cowen and Company.

Niven will also work directly with Cowen’s management team to help facilitate the growth of the firm’s European-based sales and trading initiatives, including an additional responsibility for its non-dollar cash equity business.

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Cowen Inc. provides alternative investment management, investment banking, research, and sales, and trading services through its broker-dealer business and alternative investment management unit. The company expects Niven’s 25 years of experience, insights and industry relationships to help scale this London-based business.

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Niven lands at his elevated role at Cowen after serving for over two years as the company’s Co-Head of European Cash Equity Distribution based in New York, where he helped grow its revenue from the EMEA client base.

He joined Cowen in 2016 after a lengthy career at Credit Suisse in New York, where he had been a mainstay of its equities and derivatives business for more than 16 years. His career also encompasses a variety of senior finance ‎and strategy positions, including London-based roles at Robert Fleming Securities and Robert Fleming Asset Mgmt.

Dan Charney, Co-President of Cowen and Company, commented on the appointment: “Jamie is an industry veteran with over 25 years of experience trading international equities. His proven track record at Cowen and deep industry background provide a unique perspective and his leadership will immediately add significant value to execute on Cowen’s vision to help its clients outperform. Cowen actively trades on all of the major exchanges across the globe and Jamie and his team will continue expanding Cowen’s European footprint and trading initiatives.”

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