The Biggest PE-Backed Busts of 2009

We’re now three quarters of the way through 2009, which makes it as good a time (as any) to look at the year’s goriest PE-backed company collapses.

This has been a particularly tough year for both buyout-backed and venture-backed companies, and it’s showed in the number of bankruptcies and shutdowns. Well over 100 in all.

Many buyout-backed companies have been drowned by their takeover-related debt, while VC-backed startups have struggled to secure customers at the same time that their investors have struggled to raise new funds.

So, without further ado:

10 most expensive buyout-backed busts of 2009

10 most expensive VC-backed busts of 2009