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Deutsche Bank Weighs 15% Increase to Bonus Pool Amid Talent War

  • German lender’s bonus pool set to be highest in four years
  • Investment bank raises may fall short of some competitors

Deutsche Bank AG is weighing an increase to its bonus pool of about 15% as the German lender navigates the twin challenges of competing for talent while keeping costs under control.

The overall expansion in payouts masks strong divergence in variable compensation across the bank, according to people familiar with the matter. While above-average increases are earmarked for parts of the investment bank, staff in some back office units may see substantial drops, the people said, asking not to be identified discussing the private information.