In a move that could inflame relations with investors after its pounds 5.8bn cash call last year, the bank is thought to be planning to hand out larger bonuses to some staff than a year ago to prevent them quitting for higher paying rivals.
The bank is ready to outline new payments to top staff who will be affected by the EU's bonus cap. The limits on bonuses of 100% of salary - or 200% if shareholders approve - will take effect this time next year, but from next month
A spokesperson for the European commission said: "The issue seems to be what counts as fixed and what counts as variable pay and thus how the ratio works. There is no third form of payments: either it is fixed or it is variable remuneration. One would expect banks to interpret this in a common sense and straightforward way without trying to circumvent it."
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