Deutsche Bank AG will pay about 925 million euros ($1.27 billion) to settle a 12-year-old dispute with the heirs of Leo Kirch over the collapse of his media group, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Europe’s biggest banks, led by Lloyds Banking Group Plc and Deutsche Bank AG, have racked up more than $77 billion in legal costs since the financial crisis, five times their combined profit last year.
Hugo Boss AG fell to a 2 1/2-week low in Frankfurt trading after Hamburger Sparkasse cut its recommendation on Germany’s biggest luxury clothier to “ hold ” from “buy,” citing the cost of the retail chain’s expansion.
UniCredit SpA, Italy’s biggest bank, posted a record 15 billion-euro ($20.8 billion) fourth- quarter loss as it set aside money for bad loans and wrote down goodwill from acquisitions. It plans to cut 8,500 jobs.
Deutsche Bank AG, Germany’s biggest bank, is close to settling litigation over the collapse of Leo Kirch’s media group for more than 900 million euros ($1.2 billion), according to a person with knowledge of the talks.