Bonus Watch '14: Not If Deutsche Bank Shareholders Have Anything To Say About It!

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The German lender is proposing to raise the maximum bonus senior managers can receive to twice their fixed annual salary, double the current level. Deutsche Bank officials say the move is necessary so that the bank can comply with European rules on pay, while also competing for staff with U.S. rivals. They say that if the bonus increase is rejected, the bank would need to raise base salaries to retain top talent. But opposition to the proposals is mounting from shareholder groups who argue the payment is excessive and fosters improper behavior. Germany's Schutzverein der Kapitalanleger, an organization of small shareholders, said it would vote against the proposal because it lifts the bonus cap indefinitely, rather than for a defined period subject to review. Another shareholder group, the Ethecon, said it plans to vote against Deutsche Bank's proposal which "would further raise the already irresponsible and inhumane risk appetite level." [WSJ]

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