re·​or·​ga·​ni·​za·​tion | \(ˌ)rē-ˌȯr-gə-nə-ˈzā-shən, -ˌȯrg-nə-\

Definition of reorganization 

: the act or process of reorganizing : the state of being reorganized especially : the financial reconstruction of a business concern

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reorganizational \(ˌ)rē-​ˌȯr-​gə-​nə-​ˈzā-​shnəl, -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

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The freeze on new titles started during a government reorganization, and videogame makers originally expected approvals to restart this fall. Shan Li, WSJ, "China’s Freeze on New Videogames Begins to Thaw," 7 Dec. 2018 Microsoft split its Windows business and put it under two broad engineering groups during its March reorganization, one that focuses on devices and Windows and Office software, and the other encompassing cloud and artificial intelligence. Rachel Lerman, The Seattle Times, "Former Windows chief Terry Myerson heads to Madrona Venture Group," 23 Oct. 2018 But yesterday, the app received an update on iOS that brought with it a new icon, a small reorganization, and a helpful new do not disturb feature. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Google Voice updated with new icon, contacts tab, and improved do not disturb," 14 Aug. 2018 Would other children, if not adults, experience the same brain reorganization and compensation? Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Doctors cut out a large chunk of a boy’s brain—now he’s doing just fine," 1 Aug. 2018 This change was entirely due to the reorganization, and not at all about performance. John Koblin, New York Times, "Hello, You Must Be Going: Hulu Parts With a Top Executive," 1 June 2018 The reality is the most consistent and successful driver of his generation is the veteran during a Hendrick Motorsports reorganization and Chevrolet’s launch of an on-track Camaro. Jenna Fryer,, "Jimmie Johnson hoping to end 28-race slump," 25 Mar. 2018 What happens to the State Department reorganization? Peter Grier, The Christian Science Monitor, "What Tillerson's firing means: Three questions," 13 Mar. 2018 In recent months, the company lost several top executives and cut 7 percent of its staff in a reorganization. Sarah Frier / Bloomberg, Time, "Snapchat's Stock Is Plunging Fast After it Said User Growth Is Slowing," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of reorganization

1751, in the meaning defined above

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Financial Definition of reorganization

What It Is

Reorganization may refer to the rehabilitation of a company's finances pursuant to a bankruptcy. It can also refer to any process that affects the tax structure of a corporation. In addition, reorganization may refer to a merger or acquisition or sale of a company that changes the ownership, stock, or legal and management structure.

How It Works

Reorganization is a formal court-supervised process of restructuring a company's finances after a bankruptcy. In accordance with bankruptcy laws, specifically Chapter 11, a company is given protection from creditors during the time period when the company proposes and a bankruptcy court reviews and approves a specific reorganization plan. The reorganization is intended to repay creditors to the maximum extent possible and to restructure the company's finances, management, and operations to prevent the same problem from arising again.

A company may reorganize itself, including its legal or corporate structure to take advantage of existing or new tax regulations.

A merger or acquisition of a company may result in a reorganization of the company ownership, equity structure, management, and operations to take advantage of the efficiencies of new management, new technologies, and new capital assets.

Why It Matters

Reorganization is an important step for a business since it has the potential to open up new opportunities, increase efficiencies and profits, and give legal and financial protection during difficult times.

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re·​or·​ga·​ni·​za·​tion | \ˌrē-ˌȯr-gə-nə-ˈzā-shən \

Legal Definition of reorganization 

1 : the act of reorganizing : the state of being reorganized

2a : the rehabilitation of the finances of a business in accordance with a plan approved by a bankruptcy court under the provisions of chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code

b : any of various procedures (as recapitalization or merger) that affect the tax structure of a corporation under the Internal Revenue Code and often produce favorable tax treatment

A reorganization \ˈā-​ \

: a reorganization that consists of a merger or consolidation which complies with the requirements of applicable state statute

B reorganization \ˈbē-​ \

: a reorganization involving the acquisition by one corporation of the stock of another corporation in exchange solely for all or some of the voting stock of the acquiring corporation or its parent either of which has control of the acquired corporation immediately after the acquisition

C reorganization \ˈsē-​ \

: a reorganization involving the acquisition by one corporation of substantially all of the property of another corporation in exchange solely for all or part of the voting stock of the acquiring corporation or its parent regardless of any liability assumed by the acquiring corporation as a result of the acquisition

D reorganization \ˈdē-​ \

: a reorganization involving a transfer by a corporation of all or part of its assets to another corporation that results in control of the other corporation being immediately placed in the transferor or one or more of its shareholders or both but under which the stock or securities of the other corporation must be distributed in a qualified transaction — see also spin-off, split-off, split-up

E reorganization \ˈē-​ \

: a reorganization that consists of a recapitalization

F reorganization \ˈef-​ \

: a reorganization consisting merely of a change in the identity, form, or place of organization of a corporation

G reorganization \ˈjē-​ \

: a reorganization involving a transfer by a corporation of all or part of its assets to another corporation under a bankruptcy or similar proceeding provided that the stock or securities of the other corporation are distributed in a qualified transaction

3 : alteration of the existing structure of governmental units (as bureaus or legislative committees) and the lines of control and authority between them usually to promote greater efficiency and responsibility

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