The aim of this paper is to examine the extent to which the current practice of rewarding bank executives in Poland differs from international benchmarks, taking into account the most recent Polish regulations, in force since 2012. The question is whether the new legal rules will have a signifi cant impact on the structure of executive compensation in banks. The paper describes recent recommendations of international organizations on how to regulate executive pay in the financial services industry, and compares them with the legal initiatives introduced in Poland. I also discuss the merits of such regulation in order to assess whether it can achieve the stated objectives. In the following section the findings related to executive remuneration practices in banks in the face of the new regulation will be presented. The final section presents the conclusions drawn.