October 17, 2013, 3:57 PM — The list of reported parties interested in buying BlackBerry is growing, and now includes Lenovo Group, according to unnamed sources speaking to the Wall Street Journal.
Lenovo is based in Beijing, China, but has 33,000 workers in more than 60 countries, including Morrisville, N.C., according to its Web site.
According to the report, Lenovo has signed a nondisclosure agreement to explore the purchase of all of BlackBerry, similar to an agreement signed by Cerberus Capital Management with BlackBerry, as reported by the Bloomberg news service Wednesday.
Last week, BlackBerry co-founders Mike Lazaridis and Doug Fregin filed documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission to to take over all or part of BlackBerry. Meanwhile, Fairfax Financial Holdings has the most advanced offer to take BlackBerry private for $4.7 billion. Fairfax already owns 10% of BlackBerry, while the founders own 8%.
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