Delia Orabona

Partner - EU Regulatory & Trade, Technology, Media and Telecoms, ICT, Gambling and Sport, Automotive, Oil & Gas, Textile and Fashion

Delia Orabona

Delia Orabona

Partner - EU Regulatory & Trade, Technology, Media and Telecoms, ICT, Gambling and Sport, Automotive, Oil & Gas, Textile and Fashion

Delia Orabona is an EU regulatory and trade lawyer, a member of the Naples (Italy) Bar and the Brussels (Belgium)Bar (European list of lawyers) specialised in EU Law, with a focus on EU Competition Law and International Trade Law.

Delia holds strong multidisciplinary academic, legal and business experience, spanning over 10 years of practice in respect of national and EU litigation, international trade and regulatory compliance matters with a particular focus on export controls, customs, anti-dumping, intellectual property issues and competition law procedures, including state aid and cartel cases.

Her practice focuses on the assistance of international clients from various sectors (including transport, textile, finance, footwear, research & innovation, IT, e-commerce, sport, gambling and betting, media, telecommunications) in particular on compliance with laws and regulations of the European Union (EU) and its Member States, on treaty negotiations involving trade, taxation and investment. She is also involved in lobbying on ongoing regulatory and legislative developments, by drafting legal opinions and submissions for decision-makers, as submitting amendments to proposed measures. She also represents clients both at national level and before the EU institutions and Courts.

Delia was previously a senior lawyer in the EU & Trade practice of a leading independent Belgian law firm, Altius, heading its Italian and German desk.

She has been involved in high profile cases spanning Brussels, Berlin and Rome in relation to gambling regulation, competition law and international trade law matters. She has also advised Governments on WTO law during their accession process.

Delia is a member of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Brussels and in Berlin as well as of Confindustria. She is an active member of industry networks as well as supporting educational and philanthropic associations.

Relevant experience

Advice and representation of a national lottery in respect of state aid before the EU Commission

Advice on export controls in respect of a German maritime company

Representation and advice of an international fruit company in a cartel matter before the Italian Competition Authority and the EU Commission

Representing major gambling company at the EU Court of Justice.

Delia is a brilliant lawyer, highly skilled in many areas, especially in international gaming law, in European law and in trade law. It's a pleasure to cooperate with her, because she is very positive and friendly, and full of energy and new ideas and solutions. I recommend her as a very correct and appreciate person and lawyer.
Marcello Presilla, Integrity Executive at Sportradar AG

I strongly recommend the attorney Delia Orabona to all who need external counsel or advice in litigation in the field of lotteries and betting and its compatibility with European Union law, EU Treaty either on the case law. Delia worked with me in many dossiers regarding European issues that can have impact on lotteries, always with a practical point of view. Delia will be an asset to your business.
Ana Paula Barros, Advogado - Técnico Superior do Departamento de Jogos da Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa

Delia Orabona, an hard-working and reliable person I met whilst working pro bono with an international association. Her main skill is the ability to think independently and, at the same time, work as a team member - and often as a team leader. She is well aware of the importance of having a pragmatic approach in order to deliver results. Her contribution will surely be material in any workplace.
Anteo Picello, Head of Legal and Compliance - Italy. DB Cargo Italy (Group Deutsche Bahn)


  • ORABONA. D., The European Commission’s Action Plan on online gaming, Lexgiochi
  • ORABONA. D., Il dibattito sul gioco on-line in Europa, Lexgiochi
  • ORABONA, D., Developing the Online World: Where is Progress in Europe? , Public Gaming Magazine


Contributions to the EU Commission ́s consultations and EP hearings

  • Drafting Submissions to the Green Paper Consultation on Online Gambling, July 2011.
  • Co-Drafting the Overview of the status of the CJEU/EFTA Jurisprudence in the gambling sector for the European Parliament Hearing on Online Gambling, 15 June 2011.
  • Drafting a Comparative study on the application of the Third Anti-Money Laundering Directive in the Member States (in the Framework of the Revision process of the Directive), 24 January 2013.

Teaching opportunities and presentations

  • ORABONA, D., Gambling and State aid, European Lotteries European Legal Affairs Seminar
  • ORABONA, D., Gambling and Trade in non-EU countries. An overview in the light of the Trade Barriers Regulation, the GATS and the CETA between EU and Canada, LDFJ Seminar
  • ORABONA, D., Judicial cooperation and Law enforcement in the EU, European Lotteries Legal Briefing,
  • ORABONA, D. EU Developments in the regulation of gambling: case law of the CJEU and the EFTA Court, Gambling Summer School, University of Leuven
  • ORABONA, D., EU developments in the regulation of gambling: secondary legislation, Gambling Summer School, University of Leuven
  • ORABONA, D., The European political debate on gambling, World Gaming Executive Summit
  • See COMMISSION STAFF WORKING DOCUMENT EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF THE IMPACT ASSESSMENT Accompanying the document Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the prevention of the use of the financial systems for the purpose of money laundering, including terrorist financing and the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on information accompanying transfers of funds,
  • ORABONA, D., The European political debate on gambling, World Gaming Executive Summit

Related Articles


EU Regulatory & Trade; accession to the WTO, trade agreements, tariffs, export controls, customs and anti-dumping; intellectual property issues; Technology, Media & Telecommunications; Information and Communication Technologies; e-commerce; gambling, betting and sport; entertainment; transport; automotive industry; oil & gas; footwear, textile and fashion.

Qualifications and Professional Bodies

    • Masters in EU Competition Law
    • Bar Association of Naples(Italy)
    • ELSA Alumni
    • King´s College Alumni


  • Altius (leading law firm in Belgium – Head of EU, Regulatory & Trade
  • The European Lotteries
  • Studio Legale Salvia
  • European Commission


    • EMC2-ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law