Coller will put up some financing as part of the bids according to Bloomberg, which cited a person familiar with the discussions.
They said Coller was looking to pick up about 10 per cent of BlackBerry’s patents through a deal.
Buyout firms are interests in BlackBerry’s operating system and the patents around its keyboard according to previous reports, but interest in buying the company as a whole appears to be “tepid”.
Fairfax Financial Holdings, Blackberry’s largest shareholder, made a $4.7bn offer as head of a consortium last month, but is unclear whether it has raised financing for the deal.
Other reports have indicated private equity firms and other suitors for BlackBerry were more interested in bidding for parts of the smartphone maker rather than the whole company.
Last week Bloomberg said that Cerberus Capital Management had gained access to the company’s financial information as it mulled a bid for the ailing business.
The turnaround firm was said to have signed a non-disclosure agreement following several weeks of negotiation.
It added that Cerberus believed the business is a viable turnaround option rather than an opportunity to profit from selling off assets piece by piece.
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