The kinetics of isotopic copper exchange between various (bis-(N-phenyl-salicylaldiminato))copper(II)complexes (= CuL/sub 2/) and mono(pyridine)copper(II)acetate (= CuAc/sub 2/py) was studied in dichloromethane as solvent in the temperature range -20 to +20/sup 0/C. The exchange follows the experimental rate law (5), which is simplified in certain cases due to k''((CuAc/sub 2/py)/sub 2/)/sup 1///sup 2/ < 1. The variation of substituents X on the salicylaldehyde ring and of substituents Y on the N-phenyl ring leads via Hammett plots to the conclusion that substituent effects become apparent as rate increasing or rate decreasing only in those cases, in which they cause an increase or decrease in electron density at the donor oxygen. Substituents Y in 2-position, and especially in 2.6-position, reduce the rate of exchange with increasing van der Waals radius of Y. The mechanistic implications of the results are discussed. (orig.) 891 HK.