The beleaguered German license trader/producer Intertainment has come under suspicion of insider trading, according to German business newspaper Handelsblatt.

The newspaper quoted a spokeswoman of the stock exchange watchdog BAFin as saying that it would "look at the case as a matter of routine."

The allegations stem from a delay by Intertainment in releasing news that the court case between Intertainment and Franchise Pictures had been postponed.

There had been considerable trading in Intertainment shares in the intervening period, the newspaper noted, although it was not known if CEO Ruediger "Barry" Baeres was himself involved in any way in these transactions..