The syntheses of two chiral bis(phosphite) ligands with tartaric acid-derived backbones: 1 (from dimethyl tartrate) and 2 (from dipyrollidene tartramide), three complexes of 1: cis-Mo(CO)4(1), cis-PtCl2(1), and cis-PdCl2(1) and two complexes of 2: cis-Mo(CO)4(2) and cis-PdCl2(2) are described. Each ligand and complex has been fully characterized by 1H, 13C, and 31P NMR spectroscopy, and the coordination 31P NMR chemical shifts have been compared to those observed for complexes of related ligands. The X-ray crystal structures of each of the metal complexes have also been determined. The X-ray crystal structures indicate that the conformation of the seven-membered chelate ring varies depending on the substituents on the tartrate backbone. However, the conformations of the seven-membered rings do not change when the metal center is changed or when the coordination environment around the metal center is changed. © 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.