It all began with an interview. Former Deutsche Bank chief executive Rolf Breuer questioned in February 2002 whether Kirch Group could pay its bills. Three months later, Kirch Group, which owned sports rights and TV channels in Germany, filed for insolvency. One month later, media mogul and founder Leo Kirch filed a claim for damages against both Mr. Breuer and Deutsche Bank.
The story finally ended earlier this year with a €925 million ($1.24 billion) out-of-court settlement. Deutsche Bank paid the heirs of Mr. Kirch, who passed away in 2011. The Frankfurt-based bank has since been looking for ways to recover at least some of the money.