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Since the entry into force of the Merger Regulation in 1990, three significant trends have had a profound impact upon, and led to a marked increase in the importance of, the international dimension to EU merger control: economic globalisation and interconnectedness, digitalization and the proliferation of merger control regimes worldwide. Corporate restructuring increasingly takes place at a global level, with the resulting transactions having a potential impact on competition across a multitude of different countries. And nowadays, transactions always inevitably have a digital element relating to the use of data or global networks, resulting in potential implications on a huge number of countries and regions.

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