If federal regulators influence clawback decisions, “there’s a high probability it will drive people out of the heavily regulated part of the financial-services industry,” said Alan Johnson, managing director of Johnson Associates Inc., a compensation consulting firm that closely tracks Wall Street. To retain talent, banks and other affected institutions “will just have to pay more” due to executives’ fears that “you may have to give some of [the money] back.’’

The Wall Street Journal / April 22, 2016