"I've been lucky with the M&A experience I've had, but if you look at the big ones, it's not always clear that it adds value," she said, preferring instead to bring on "small teams, the same way Pimco has done it (before)."
That organic growth will also involve creating a range of hybrid products to make best use of the credit analysis expertise that exists at the company, and which is already used by several of her equity funds, she said.
"You can ... think about going up and down the capital structure, saying: 'I like this company, what do I buy? The bond or the equity?' And I think if there's one firm in the world who's going to be set up to build these hybrid products, it's Pimco."
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With lots of resumes landing on her desk, both physically and electronically—"a lot of people are sending them to the headhunting firm that we've hired, or directly on my LinkedIn account"—Maisonneuve is confident of Pimco's allure.
And new hires based in London could well find themselves sharing fund management duties with the boss, investing in line with several of her major thematic bets—demographic change, emerging market growth and the low-carbon economy—using a so-called growth at a reasonable value strategy.
"My passion is investment," she said, "(but) it won't be mine, it will be mine and the team; it's always a team game."