Oil companies BG Group and Petrofac suffered shareholder revolts against excessive executive "golden hello" payments on Thursday.
Christopher Bailey, the fashion designer and new chief executive of Burberry, has been handed a golden hello in shares worth up to £7.6m and an annual pay package worth up to £8.1m a year, including a £440,000 cash allowance to cover clothing and other items.
HSBC is in last-minute talks with shareholders to reach a deal over its chairman's pay and head off a damaging revolt at next week's annual general meeting.
The boss of Royal Bank of Scotland warned on Friday that he was concerned he might lose key staff as a result of the government's refusal to back its bonus plans for 2014.
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One of the City's biggest fund managers has warned that the government's decision to block Royal Bank of Scotland's bonus plans would put the bank at a competitive disadvantage.
Publisher Pearson has become the latest company to become the focus of shareholder protests over boardroom bonuses after one in three of its investors failed to support its pay plans.
What does the word "prosper" mean to you? asked the advert projected on to the main stage of the Royal Festival Hall as part of the warm-up for Barclays' AGM.
Barclays is braced for a stormy annual shareholder meeting on Thursday with protesters pledging to question its role in tax havens, funding of coal mines and the £9bn of bonuses paid out to its investment bankers since the financial crisis.
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Barclays will begin to hand out bonuses on Friday to its 140,000 staff around the world from a bonus pool expected to be bigger than last year's.
Citigroup is set to pay most of its investment bankers in Europe at least half of their bonuses in cash, as US banks push ahead with moves to hand star employees the most generous pay deals in the industry.
Goldman Sachs is devising ways to hand its highly-paid bankers a third element to pay in response to the EU's bonus cap.