Is it possible that the government is selling shares as private sales which are not listed on the exchange so as not to disrupt the market price? Lets say the private buyer purchased the shares at a discount with the stipulation they must be held for at least a set period of time.
>The government will be happy with a nice profit. >The private buyer will be happy with the discount. >The shareholders will be happy because the market price will not be affected by the sale.