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Well, that wasn’t so bad, was it? If last year’s GC Compensation Survey showed the aftereffects—the hangover, if you will—of the deepest trough of the recession, this year’s results show that chief legal officers made steady gains and recovered some momentum. [ See full survey results here.] Trends? Pretty much what you’d expect. Stock options continue to fall out of favor (even though some lucky in-house lawyers are still getting those fat options), and cash remains king. Instead of getting bonuses just for being there, chief legal officers are getting extra cash, or, in the latest parlance, nonequity incentive compensation, which is tied to corporate performance goals. These payments, which rose by double digits, make up an increasing part of a chief legal officer’s pay packet. And restricted shares remain the most popular way to reward high performers with equity. In all, the word is diversity, rather than any one type of compensation.
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