DEFINITION of Liquidator

In the most general sense, a liquidator is a person or entity that liquidates something. More specifically, a liquidator refers to an officer that is specially appointed to wind up the affairs of a company when the company is closing. Assets of a company are sold by the liquidator and the resulting funds are used to pay off the company's debts. The liquidator is legally empowered to act on behalf of the company in various capacities.


A liquidator is a person legally empowered to act on behalf of a company to sell the company's assets prior to the company's closure in order to generate cash to pay off debts. Liquidators are often used when a company goes bankrupt. One of the chief functions of many liquidators is to bring and defend lawsuits. Other actions include collecting outstanding receivables, paying off debts and finishing other corporate termination procedures.