Bis(2,4,6-tribromophenolato)di(N-methyl imidazole)M(II), where M stands for cobalt and copper metals, was synthesized via reaction of the corresponding metal sulphate and 2,4,6-tribromophenolate in aqueous media in the presence of N-methyl imidazole and sodium hydroxide. Although various crystallization procedures were applied only cobalt complex was obtained as single crystals. The Co(II) ion has a distorted octahedral enviroment involving two O atoms and two N atoms of the Bis(2,4,6-tribromopbenolato)di(N-methyl imidazole) ligand. Powder x-ray diffraction pattern of copper compound was used for cooper complex. For characterizations of complexes carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen elemental analysis, FTIR and UV spectroscopy, DSC thermal analysis and magnetic susceptibility measurements at room temperature were performed. (c) 2005 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.