DNCA Finance has assigned a utilities sector specialist to Citywire A-rated Isaac Chebar’s team, the Paris-based asset manager has announced.

Julie Arav joined the team from Kepler Cheuvreux, where she was a senior equity research analyst covering the European utilities sector.

In her new capacity, Arav will serve as a generalist financial analyst with the aim of extending the analysis. She joined DNCA Finance on 19 February.

The screening scope for Chebar’s team is also being expanded, enabling him to select stocks for investments in the portfolios and stocks with a value and contrarian approach.

Chebar, who runs six funds across Southern Europe and European value equities, said the addition of Arav will allow the team to better react to client demand and investment requests.

Arav brings with her 12 years of investment experience, which has primarily been within equity research. This includes stints with Ixis Securities, Kepler Capital Markets and Barclays Capital, among others.