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Deutsche axes bonuses to pay toxic loans fine

Top bankers to miss out on payouts as lender braces for giant US settlement.

Deutsche Bank is to axe bonuses for senior staff as part of its desperate efforts to pay for a potential $14bn (£11.2bn) legal settlement with American regulators.

John Cryan, the German bank’s Yorkshire-born boss, warned top bankers this month that their bonuses would be seized to help foot the bill for the mis-selling of sub-prime mortgages.

A handful of top-performing executives will receive “retention cheques” — much smaller sums that will be paid out over several years. Junior staff will still receive a bonus, but on a far smaller scale.

“The fine could be partly paid for by bonuses,” said one senior insider.

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