Abercrombie & Fitch will hold a special meeting of shareholders Feb. 28 at the retailer's New Albany headquarters to vote on a proposal to move its state of incorporation from Delaware to Ohio.

Abercrombie & Fitch will hold a special meeting of shareholders Feb. 28 at the retailer's New Albany headquarters to vote on a proposal to move its state of incorporation from Delaware to Ohio.

Abercrombie's board of directors has unanimously approved the proposal.

The proposed move comes as the company has been the target of takeover rumors. Last month, Goldman Sachs issued a report examining the potential for a leveraged buyout of Abercrombie.

Rumors also had a boost when competitor J. Crew was bought in November by a private-equity firm that took it private.

Abercrombie officials, citing federal regulations, have not commented on the filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Ohio has two laws relating to takeovers, while Delaware only has one, the filing notes.

Several analysts have said that the filing seems to be based on protecting against a takeover attempt and protecting directors against lawsuits.

The Columbus Dispatch