Wall Street bonuses and staff levels are expected to rise this year as trading and deal-making activity pick up, according to a closely watched report released on Friday by a compensation consulting firm.  Johnson Associates predicts that senior bank executives will receive bonus increases of 5 percent to 15 percent, with investment bankers getting the biggest potential bonus increases of up to 20 percent.

The firm, headed by long-time industry pay consultant Alan Johnson, cited “signs of economic recovery in the United States and positive market momentum” in its report, but also noted that new regulations and a slowdown in Europe may weigh on bank profits and employee compensation.

CNBC / May 17, 2013