Silicon Valley Bank employees received bonuses hours before takeover

Law enforcement officials go away Silicon Valley Banks headquarters in Santa Clara, California on March 10, 2023.

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Silicon Valley Financial institution staff obtained their annual bonuses Friday simply hours earlier than regulators seized the failing financial institution, in line with folks with data of the funds.

The Santa Clara, California-based financial institution has traditionally paid worker bonuses on the second Friday of March, mentioned the folks, who declined to be recognized talking concerning the awards. The funds have been for work carried out in 2022 and had been in course of days earlier than the financial institution’s collapse, the sources mentioned.

This yr, bonus day occurred to fall on SVB’s last day of independence. The establishment, within the throes of a financial institution run triggered by panicked enterprise capital buyers and startup founders, was seized by the Federal Deposit Insurance coverage Company (FDIC) round noon Friday.

On Friday, SVB CEO Greg Becker addressed staff in a two-minute video through which he mentioned that he not made selections on the 40-year-old financial institution, in line with the folks.

The dimensions of the payouts could not be decided, however SVB bonuses vary from about $12,000 for associates to $140,000 for managing administrators, in line with

SVB was the highest-paying publicly traded financial institution in 2018, with staff getting a median of $250,683 for that yr, in line with Bloomberg.

After its seizure, the FDIC provided SVB staff 45 days of employment, the folks mentioned. The financial institution had 8,528 staff as of December.

A spokesman for the FDIC declined to touch upon the bonuses.

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