It's just a coincidence, but it's an unfortunate one. The amount that Lehman Brother's estate is attempting to extract from Barclays for allegedly under-pricing Lehman's assets, almost exactly matches the purported size of BarCap's bonus pool.
BarCap hasn't divulged the size of its bonus pool this year, but speculation suggests it's in the region of 5bn.
Coincidentally, lawyers for Lehman are seeking to recover $10bn (6bn) from BarCap's estate, including about $500m in unpaid bonuses.
BarCap isn't commenting on the case. Fortunately, a trial seems unlikely this year. And even if BarCap is found to have undervalued the assets, the bonus pool should be safe - one BarCap trader wasn't even aware of the issue and John Holmes, an analyst at Keefe Bruyette and Woods says it's not seen as a concern.
Nomura analysts raised BarCap to Buy yesterday, citing BarCap's expectation of stronger revenues in Q4 than Q3.