Lunchtime Links: Bank of America apparently offering $15m lock-ins

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As we mentioned last month, Bank of America has been offering some very generous retention packages to its most prized employees. The New York Post has unearthed just how generous - Fares Noujaim, BofA's vice chairman of investment banking, is said to have been offered $15m over two years. A Merrill spokeswoman told the paper references to specific compensation levels were inaccurate but that the bank's taking, "steps necessary to retain key talent in response to competitive pressures."

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