Friday's Headlines: Bank of America's new legal chief gets $4 million

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Bank of America has paid its new chief legal officer a signing bonus worth more than $4 milion DealBook reports. Gary Lynch, formerly head of legal at Morgan Stanley, has been given 415,000 stock options that will vest over annual intervals beginning in February 2012, the article says. If exercised today, the options would be worth $4.1 million. Lynch will be in charge of running legal, compliance and regulatory relations.

"In his new position, he will guide Bank of America through its myriad legal problems, including claims stemming from its ill-fated 2008 acquisition of Countrywide Financial, the subprime mortgage giant," DealBook writes. The article notes that before joining Morgan Stanley, Lynch was a Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement director.

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