The Securities Act (Section 27A(b)) and the Exchange Act (Section 21E(b)) exclude reliance on the safe harbor for forward-looking statements if, among other things, the statement is made with respect to an issuer that has, within the past three years, been convicted of any felony or misdemeanor described in paragraphs (i) through (iv) of Section 15(b)(4)(B) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  The Securites Act and the Exhange Act each provide the disqualifications may be waived “to the extent otherwise specifically provided by rule, regulation, or order of the Commission.”

The SEC granted this waiver to Barclays PLC to continue be able to continue to rely on the safe harbor for forward looking statements as a result of a guilty plea for a violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act.