Bonus Watch '12: Lazard Just Wants To Get It Over With

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...compensation costs remained stubbornly high, due in part to management's decision to pay employees most of their bonuses immediately, rather than deferring big portions of pay to future years as some rivals have done. "We are very comfortable with our approach on deferrals at the firm and we didn't need to increase it," Chief Executive Kenneth Jacobs said in an interview. "There's just no free lunch there." [Reuters]

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