Bonus Watch '13: A League Table That Citigroup Is On Top Of

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The House of Corbat was the place to be on Friday in London.

A firm called Emolument.com, which encourages bankers to voluntarily submit their remuneration packages, has published a report claiming that – in London – Citigroup’s investment bank pays its directors the most, with an average of £370,000 ($603,100).

In second place is Deutsche Bank, paying an average of £335,000. Third is Credit Suisse, which pays an average of £325,000. US banks Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley were in sixth, eighth, and ninth.

At the very bottom, a director at Lloyds could expect £158,000.

Which Banks Pay Directors the Most in London? [WSJ MoneyBeat blog]

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