BlackBerry Ltd. denied a report Wednesday that it's in talks with Samsung over a possible takeover of the Canadian company.

BlackBerry Ltd. denied a report Wednesday that it's in talks with Samsung over a possible takeover of the Canadian company.

The Reuters report, citing a person that it didn't identify, said Wednesday that executives met last week to discuss a potential deal. South Korea-based Samsung reportedly offered to buy BlackBerry for $13.35 to $15.49 per share, valuing the company at as much as $7.5 billion.

Samsung declined to comment. .

Any foreign takeover would require approval from the Canadian government.

Asked if the Canadian government has been approached about the deal, Jessica Fletcher, a spokeswoman for Canadian Industry Minister James Moore, said: "We don't comment on rumors and speculation."

Shares of BlackBerry jumped nearly 30 percent, or $2.89 Wednesday to close at $12.60 and rose 2 percent in after-hours trading.