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TABLE-Bradesco BBI, Ita+¦ BBA top Brazil's M&A rankings

SAO PAULO, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Brazilian conglomerates under pressure from corruption probes and excessive debt were forced to sell major assets last year, lifting the value of mergers and acquisitions in the country 33 percent from the year before to $61.77 billion. Bigger transactions drove the increase, as the number of deals fell to 544 in 2017 from 615 a year before. The following tables show the ranking of the top 10 M&A advisers in Brazil last year, by the value and number of deals. For more on dealmaking trends in 2018:

RANK 2017 RANK 2016 FINANCIAL VALUE OF DEALS ADVISORY FIRM (Jan.1-Dec.31) 1 2 Banco Bradesco $24.449 bln

BBI SA

2 n.a. Morgan Stanley $23.158 bln

& Co

3 3 Banco Itaú BBA $10.801 bln

SA

4 6 Banco BTG $8.549 bln

Pactual SA

5 n.a Industrial & $4.778 bln

Comm Bank China

6 1 Banco Santander $4.538 bln

Brasil SA

7 4 JPMorgan Chase $3.667 bln

& Co

8 11 Credit Suisse $2.9 bln

Group AG

9 12 Deutsche Bank $2 bln 10 9 Bank of America $1.993 bln

Merrill Lynch

SUBTOTAL $54.339 bln

WITH FINANCIAL ADVISER

INDUSTRY $61.775 bln

TOTAL

NUMBER OF DEALS:

RANK 2017 RANK 2016 FINANCIAL NUMBER OF ADVISOR DEALS

(Jan.1-Dec 31 2017)

1 1 Itaú BBA SA 47 2 3 Banco BTG 30

Pactual SA

3 2 Banco Bradesco 21

BBI SA

4 5 Banco Santander 13

Brasil SA

5 4 BR Partners 9

Banco de Investimento

6 6 Bank of America 8

Merrill Lynch

7 n.a. Arab Banking 7

Corporation

8 7 Morgan Stanley 6

& Co

8 11 Rothschild & Co 6 10 12 Credit Suisse 5

Group AG

SUBTOTAL 175

WITH FINANCIAL ADVISER

INDUSTRY 544

TOTAL

($1 = 3.24 reais)

(Reporting by Tatiana Bautzer; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)