Vodafone reviews relationships with long-term allies

Despite a curiously low-key approach by Vodafone to its recent group and UK panel review, there have been some changes to the roster.

Most prominent was the appointment of Eversheds, which joined the existing line-up of firms including DLA Piper, Linklaters, Norton Rose Fulbright, Osborne Clarke, Olswang and Slaughter and May.

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co is understood to have lost its panel slot, despite legacy Wragge & Co having been part of the original line-up.

This time around spokespeople at the telecoms giant were cautious about commenting on the changes, despite talking openly when the panel was last reviewed in 2011.

Maybe the compulsion to keep the changes under the radar have something to do with Vodafone’s apparently epic snub of long-term corporate adviser Linklaters in its massive Verizon deal last year.

Vodafone caused a few raised eyebrows, and no doubt more than a few restless nights, when it turned to Slaughter and May to lead the $130bn sale of its 45 per cent stake of Verizon Wireless to Verizon last September.

At least Linklaters retained its panel spot though.

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