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HONG KONG (Reuters) - Asia-Pacific, excluding Japan, acquisitions in 2016 eased off to $1.2 trillion, down from a record $1.3 trillion in the previous year, despite announced China outbound deals touching an all-time high of $523 billion.
State-owned China National Chemical Corp's pact to buy Swiss group Syngenta (SYNN.S) for $43 billion was the biggest deal in Asia Pacific this year.
Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) was the top M&A adviser in Asia Pacific, excluding Japan, followed by China International Capital Corp Ltd (3908.HK), and UBS Group AG (UBSG.S), according to the Thomson Reuters league table data.
Reporting by Sumeet Chatterjee; Editing by Richard Pullin