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Vodafone is taking on one of Linklaters & Alliance's leading capital markets lawyers as its first internal banking capability.
Clare Moulder, who was a banking and capital markets partner at Linklaters for 10 years, will be the first internal finance lawyer at Vodafone. She has been acting for the company, one of Linklaters' biggest clients, for many years. She raised the financing for both the Mannesmann and AirTouch acquisitions for the client. On the Mannesmann deal the euro30bn (£18.57bn) syndicated loan she worked on was said at the time to be the largest syndicated loan agreement ever. At Vodafone she has been recruited to support the company's treasury team. Stephen Scott, company secretary and head of legal at Vodafone, said: "She has been recruited to support our treasury team but she's also corporate finance-based. Over the years, our treasury function as a group has grown and has put more and more demands on the legal world. "I've never thought that this group had sufficient treasury work to recruit someone on a full-time basis. I now think that's changed - we now think we have a full-time job." Moulder resigned from the Linklaters partnership 18 months ago to work on a more flexible-hours basis from home. She is currently a consultant to the firm on capital markets. She declined to comment on her move. The Linklaters-Vodafone relationship is already incredibly strong, with Vodafone's two main corporate advisers being the magic circle firm and New York's Sullivan & Cromwell. Linklaters' Vodafone client relationship team is headed by head of corporate David Cheyne, along with corporate partners Iain Fenn and Clodagh Hayes, and tax partner Conor Hurley. A spokeswoman for Linklaters said: "We're delighted for Clare. She's going to Vodafone and it will improve what are already strong links with the client." Vodafone's legal team is split into two groups - one which looks after the UK network business and one dealing with work for the whole group, which Moulder will join. Both teams boast around 15 lawyers.