Multifunctional ligands with podand topology provide intrinsically well-defined coordination geometries. Several subgroups of multidentate ligand systems comprising dual functionality have been developed so far. Recent advances made in this research area reflect its topicality. Work on metal complexes of ambiphilic ligands consisting of Lewis-acidic Group 13 element bridgehead atoms and additional donor functionalities is in the current focus of interest. The intrinsic topology of tetradentate ligands may introduce a fascinating reactivity and interesting electronic properties to the metal complexes. Janus-head type ligands are very promising candidates for the preparation of multimetallic complexes.