But it's not all good news.
Ten former and one incumbent executive board member of Deutsche Bank agreed to forfeit $44.8 million of outstanding bonus payments, drawing a line under almost two years of negotiations with the German lender related to misconduct fines.
Deal or no deal ?
A fight over bonuses ?
Wells Fargo will pay bigger sign-on bonuses to some new brokers as competitors including Morgan Stanley and Bank of America Corp. seek to reduce recruitment inducements.
Bank of America Corp's Merrill Lynch will stop paying the big upfront bonuses that Wall Street brokerages have long used to lure talent, ending a costly practice that did not always reap returns.
Here's a league table.
The lack of clarity on compensation may make it harder for the bank to retain talent.
The number of employees earning more than a million euros or pounds at Europe's biggest banks fell sharply last year, another sign of the clout they have lost to U.S. rivals since the financial crisis.